Nissan Skyline GT-R R-Tune R33 Diecast Model

  • Retail Price: $149.95
  • Our Price: $136.95
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AutoArt  Nissan Skyline GT-R R-Tune (R33) diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Nissan
  • Code: AA77325
  • Model: Skyline GT-R R-Tune (R33)
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Matt White

The Nissan Skyline series has a venerated place in the lexicon of recent high powered coupes and if not that well known in North America, except perhaps to Manga readers and video game enthusiasts, worldwide they are something of legend.

Of the Skylines, a special breed developed beginning in 1981:the GT-R. Skylines designated with the GT-R badge had special trim, outrageous power plants and brilliant track dynamics. The model we’re reviewing here is R33 (Series 2) which began production in 1996 and is probably best known for the small lip that protrudes from the front bonnet. Nissan began production of this up to the present day GT-R (R35) which is probably the single most powerful four door sports car on the market today.

AUTO art has faithfully replicated just about every generation of Skyline and their rendering of the, the GT-R R-Tune (R33) is no less impressive and in many ways more striking.

Striking, because though I’ve seen hundreds of AUTO art paint applications I’ve never seen anything quite like this; it’s called Matt (sic) White finish and it’s just as flat a finish that you might get painting the car in an eggshell enamel. Combine this chalky white with the slate and black interior and striking black accents offered by the glossy Nismo five-star wheels, faux carbon fiber spoiler blade and the massive air intakes and the offering gives you something you might expect to have leapt from the pages of Initial D.

The DOHC RB26DETT inline six turbocharged engine seems to me to be a step up from recent efforts in the Millenium range with several tuner treats like the dual cold air intakes and candy apple red engine block. The trunk and interior is flocked to scale. The hard plastic interior has lots of little touches such as sill plates embossed with the Skyline font, metal pedals and carbon finer B-pillars. Brake detail is good with copper colored Brembo calipers showing through those impressive wheels. The photo-etched grill is something else again - love that Nismo logo.

Like all recent AUTO art efforts, the sharp lensing, detailed badging, functional steering are well executed. The stance, shut lines and other details on this Skyline (R33) GT-R are of the finest kind at this or any other price point. It feels substantial and the matte white paint gives it a distinctive look. looks(...this model seems to have it all. It’s hard to find anything to complain about; could more detail be present? Sure, but how much do you want to pay for this image? If your guess is about the asking price of this model, than you’re thinking is what I’m thinking.

It’s RHD that might limit it’s appeal to North American collectors, but if you consider yourself any kind of muscle or sports car collector, a Nismo-tuned Skyline belongs in your collection.

-Rusty Hurley

  • Retail Price: $149.95
  • Our Price: $136.95
  • Out of Stock

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