SubURBAN Legend

Words: Gavin / Pics: MS photo

The Nissan Skyline (スカイライン in Japanese) is a line of compact cars, sports cars and compact executive cars originally produced by the Prince Motor Company starting in 1955, and then by Nissan after the two companies merged in 1966.

Skylines are available in coupé, or sedan body styles, plus station wagon, crossover, convertible and pick up or delivery van body styles. The later models are most commonly known by their trademark round brake and tail lights (as of 1972). While not distributed in South Africa, the Skyline’s prominence in video games, movies and magazines resulted in many such cars being imported here from 1999 to late 2005.

Nissan Motor Company announced the launch of the 2012 Nissan GT-R on November 24, 2011 in Japan. When it was launched, the iconic GT-R created a new type of super car. Performance and handling were exceptional, of course, but more importantly the car’s potential was accessible to all drivers under all conditions. It was greeted with universal praise but Nissan’s policy of constant development means the GT-R continues to evolve.

As well as more power, the 2012 Nissan GT-R has a newly developed asymmetric suspension which compensates for greater weight on the driver’s side in RHD models, enhanced transmission ‘feel’ and a stronger body for extra rigidity and ever better handling.

By improving the Nissan GT-R’s engine efficiency, the engine output rises significantly from 390kW to 404kW (550PS) from 6,400rpm with maximum torque of from 612 to 632Nm.The quality feel of the instruments placed in front of the driver have been enhanced by the addition of blue lighting inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light giving a more sophisticated atmosphere in the cockpit, including a rear view camera device standard on all models.

When Clifford J Henry was influenced by his son to purchase a Nissan Skyline GTR, he jumped at the opportunity of owning the Japanese masterpiece. For the 49 year old director of Surburban Motors who deals daily with Italian Alfa Romeos to cross over to samurai territory it surely can only be the bond between a father and son. However no surprise the man quickly got into the feel of things and began to enjoy his new purchase, and so the long hours of work began to meet the goal of completing the shopping list. Full HKS exhaust system AMS induction kit, Cobbs tuning turbo actuators have been changed suspension has been tweaked lightweight wheels and tyres have been changed to Toyos. All the components were meticulously installed by NX Gen. Hit the start stop button and fire up the modified GTR engine and hear the beast roar. The outcome is 10 sec down the 400m stretch.

Wrapped in orange Clifford’s skyline stands out from other GTRs around it. Yes the saying goes be cautious when dealing with orange! Not only is this car intimidation on the drag strip but on the track too smiling around those shekaine bends. As if the power in the car as it stands is not satisfying enough to Clifford he plans on building the car to 1200HP (I sense a re-feature coming soon). Clifford’s dream is to tear down the straight of Nurburgring before testing the Japanese handling on the twists and turns of the German track.

Clifford would like to thank his wife, son and nephew Kevin Naicker for the love and support through the years.

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