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It’s the resurgence of the R32. And guys like Hikaru Motoda are leading the way. For a long time now the R32 GT-R has been THE iconic Japanese performance car. Boundaries of power and performance have been pushed time and time again, build after build. But what about aesthetics? No well rounded build is complete in my eyes without the full package, function and form. Now in no way am I saying those 500hp+ GT-R’s don’t look nice.. they just lack the visual impact which Motoda’s R32 has in bucket loads.

But you might be thinking.. White R32, Bronze TE37’s. Nothing that hasn’t been done before right? Indeed you are correct, but once again it all comes down to that one thing.. execution. We’ve seen this ‘cambered’ (I hate using the phrase ‘Stanced’) look countless times on S Chassis’, but why hasn’t the R Chassis received the same kind of love?

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These particular TE37’s are that little bit wider.. offset a little bit lower. This results in that beautiful concave look we have all learned to love. No widened fenders or custom guard work here, just the right amount of camber is dialed in on all fours. Balance, its something that is lost when people try too hard.

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We all know the Japanese like to fetishise American culture, and obviously that has played some influence into Motoda’s build.

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Now i’m not from America nor ever been there.. but I have to keep reminding myself that this is indeed Japan.

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Call me crazy but some of these locations look a hell of a alot like LA. I guess thats just a testament on how well Motoda pulled off the look!

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These California Registration plates do a good job with the illusion too.

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Okay now let’s fly over to Italy! R32 GTR VS Ferarri 458 Italia.. I’d definitely pay to see that showdown.

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The full Nismo N1 kit graces Motoda’s Skyline. N1 Bonnet Lip, N1 Front bumper and Carbon Fibre front splitter finish off the front end so smoothly.

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N1 Side skirts, Spats and N1 boot spoiler complete the N1 kit while Veilside mirrors finish off the aero package.

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With the interior stripped out with a full roll cage, nothing grabs too much attention and everything comes together as a whole.

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If you haven’t already noticed, this side of the car features Gloss Black TE37’s. It’s a bit of a Japanese thing which I’m a big fan of, but in my opinion, only works when done subtly. Not a polar opposite colour..

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The thing about white cars is that they look amazing in any light. So the Crystal White shines from morning to night as Yosuke works his magic.

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Don’t think the mods stop at the exterior, Motoda has given the RB26 the basic breathing treatment. A REIMAX front pipe leads straight through to an APEX’i N1 muffler. Just enough to give extra life into that deep and grunty RB symphony.

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As a recent owner of an R32 myself, believe me when I say Motoda’s car is a huge inspiration to me. I could only imagine to have a car clean as his. So we finish off the set with those iconic stove top tail lights, an image that will transcend throughout time. Let me remind you that this car is 21 years old, and it still looks as good as the day it rolled off the factory floor. This is Godzilla, and he comes in more shapes then one. Thank you so much to Hikaru and Yosuke for the opportunity once again.

Year/Make/Model
1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec (BNR32)

Engine
REIMAX Front Pipe
Straight Pipe
APEX’i N1 Muffler
HKS Super Power Flow

Interior
NISMO gauge cluster
Momo steering
WORKS BELL Rapfix2
Rollcage

Exterior
N1 Headlights
N1 Front Bumper w/ Vents
N1 Bonnet Lip
N1 Side Skirts
N1 Rear Spats
N1 Boot Lip
VeilSide Mirrors
Carbon Front Lip

Suspension
Tein Mono Flex coilovers

Brakes

BNR34 Brembo calipers

Wheels
VOLK RACING TE37
18 × 9.5 F & R

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