Nissan GT-R Bibles **Double Feature**
Happy New Year!
Big thank you to everyone who subscribed to DampMagazines this past year, the response has been amazing, all of your support keeps me motivated to push forward and scan more! I figured it would be best to start the New Year with a bang with this double feature of Nissan GT-R focused magazines I got from my recent trip in Tokyo. I’ll attach one of the the two magazines for free down below while the other will be reserved for those who are paid subscribers. Let’s make 2024 a great year and jump right in to it!
Both of these magazines would technically be considered ‘mooks’, magazine books, in my opinion due to focusing on a specific topic and going in depth. The first magazine is from 1990, when the GT-R was reintroduced with the R32. Highlights include driving reviews, up close looks as specific features of the R32 and its engine, as well overall stunning photos of the car. The second magazine is from 1994 and has more of an emphasis on tuning and modification. As the R32 had been out for a few years and was gaining notoriety, it was in due time that tuners like G-Reddy, HKS, Blitz, and Mine’s began developing parts for the car.
As always I have to apologize for the center fold messing up the two page spread images but I do the best I can and don’t want to destroy the binding on my magazines. The R32 was initially designed to be Nissan’s latest vehicle in the Group A racing class. Powered by the now legendary 2.6L RB26DETT producing 276 horsepower to all four wheels in the standard street model. What made the R32 so lethal was it’s easy tuning and modification, using the same engine, their Group A car produced nearly 600 horsepower.
The GT-R was nicknamed ‘Godzilla’ by Australian racing commentators after the reptile type monster famously known to terrorize the streets of Japan. On the track, the power and all wheel drive system dominated its competition. Another thing that makes the GT-R so infamous is the fact that the car was only ever really released in Japan with just 100 models produced for the Australian market. It was just an enigma to the rest of the world that people had only heard stories about but never really saw in person. Finally in 2014, the first R32 GT-R’s became street legal in the US, grandfathered in under the 25 year import rule.
As previously mentioned, one of the big draws to the GT-R platform was the capabilities of modification. Seeing its performance in Group A racing, many GT-R owners weren’t happy with the stock power output so many companies began making aftermarket mods. With this heavily modified R32 done by G-Reddy, they boosted the power up to nearly 830 horses while also reducing unnecessary weight and adding an aero kit to produce more downforce. The capabilities of these cars is next to none and with many other tuners producing high-end parts to get the most out of GT-R.
I say this with almost every post now but I could go on and on for days about the GT-R and why it is one of the best Japanese cars ever produced but I’ll let the scans speak for themselves. The R32 was later to be succeeded by the R33, then R34, and finally the R35 which was the first model to be offered in the US and is still around today. Enjoy this freebie and please consider becoming a paid subscriber to gain full access to my archive!