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Chicago GT-R Fans Remember the Skylines of Old

Vintage Nisaan Skyline ChicagoFlashback to 1985, and your first thoughts are likely of Madonna, Phil Collins, big hair, Who’s The Boss, and a San Francisco 49ers victory. At our Chicago GT-R dealer, our first thoughts of 1985 are a bit different. Here, we recall the beginning of a generation of Skyline vehicles that broke the mold.

In 1985, the R31 series was born. This seventh-generation vehicle was the first of its kind to come equipped with the RB-series “Red Top” engines; it was also the only line of Skyline models to come with a 4-door hardtop option up until this time.

The best of the R31’s kind, the GTS-R Coupe, was a true innovation for its period, with a turbocharged engine that could deliver upwards of 430 hp! Chicago Nissan GT-R fans may remember this generation as simply, “Seven,” or, “Seventhsu.”

Not long after the R31, the R32 lineup was introduced, bringing about the first five-speed automatic transmission seen in Japanese production cars—an innovation that still is seen today in an array of rides.

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Madonna, Phil Collins, Who’s the Boss and even the 49ers all had their moments in the limelight- but now, well into 2014, that limelight has pretty much faded. The GT-R, however, has only gotten better and better since the 80’s, warranting its unwavering spotlight for multiple decades.

The GT-R models of today would look at 431 horsepower as a shortcoming, as the most recent sports cars deliver the raw power of 545 horses and the pull of 463 lb-ft of torque.  Able to hit speeds of 196 mph, we have a feeling the GT-R will be a showstopper for many more years to come.

Whether you are fan of GT-R models past or present, contact our Chicago Nissan dealer today for more information on the best sports cars around; call 866-450-8110.


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Chicago Nissan GT-R dealerAt our Chicago Nissan dealer, we idolize the Skyline’s history, noting its distinct qualities and achievements that continue to reveal themselves throughout the line.

Skyline, a unique line of Japanese compact cars, sports cars, and compact executive cars, was originally produced by the Prince Motor Company in 1955 and later by Nissan in 1966 when both companies merged. The Skylines were available in coupe or sedan body styles; however, today, they are also available in station wagons, convertibles, crossovers, and pickup delivery vans. The later models are mostly known for their trademark round brake tail lights.


Let’s rewind to the C210. The C210 of 1977 split the Skyline range into basic and six-cylinder models. The six-cylinders had a longer wheelbase and front end. This line was continued through 1981. The wagon version of this model would be a rare deviation due to the unique styling treatment behind the rear doors. In 1978, the Skyline received an internal and external facelift which led from the C210 to the C211. After this renovation, the Skyline appeared in various European export markets—namely Germany.

In this same year, the GT-EX replaced the discontinued GT-R with a turbocharged engine—the L20ET. This had been the firs turbo engine to power a Japanese production vehicle. Along with most Japanese vehicles of this time period, there were four or five-speed manuals and a three speed automatic with a column-shifted three-speed manual available on the lower end models.


Chicago Nissan dealerLaunched in August of ’81, the R3 series was launched into markets worldwide. Differing from previous generations, both the four and six-cylinder versions shared the same front end length. The R30 was available as a two-door hardtop coupe, a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback, or a four-door station wagon. There were 26 variations of the R30 Skyline in total.

All versions, except the wagon, were usually fitted with the four round tail lights which had become a regular feature to the Skyline’s design. These are appointments that Chicago GT-R fans surely must remember!

Along with new additions, the R30 was face lifted in August of 1983 with a variety of changes. Four-wheel disc brakes became a standard feature. Trim specifications were revised and the four-cylinder Z18S engine was replaced with the newer CA18E. New features included upgraded interior trim, new front and rear bumpers, door-mounted wing mirrors, and smoked tail lights.

Let’s fast forward to today. Along with its history, the GT-R has continually been enhanced and upgraded to hold its own amongst heavy weight sports luxury brands. Visit us at our Chicago Nissan dealer to test drive the 2015 GT-R and experience the power behind the wheel. Call us at (866) 450-8110.

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Chicago Nissan Dealer Continues the Legend of the GT-R Legacy

Chicago Nissan showroomThe continuing story of the Nissan Skyline is one that has weaved itself through the decades. From its humble beginnings to its modern day incarnation as a no-holds speed machine, the Skyline played an important part in shaping a modern day vehicle renowned for its power, performance, and razor sharp style. Every stage of its development is important to observe as it became what we know now as the Nissan GT-R sports car.


Whereas we previously learned about the Skyline’s early days as a fledgling vehicle of the Prince Motor Company, we pick up in the late 1960s, after Prince had merged with Nissan and began manufacturing newer vehicles. Our Chicago Nissan dealer has the details on the decade where the world was finally introduced to the GT-R and how that came to be.


The Emergence of the Skyline GT-R


The C10 Skyline series was released in 1968 and was marketed with a Nissan badge that had replaced all Skyline nameplates on cars and trucks. Like the S57Nissan GT-R in Chicago model, the C10 Skyline had a 1.5-liter overhead camshaft G15 I4 engine, but an additional model housed a 1.8-liter G18 engine. It was during this time that the vehicle began to define itself as a sport-oriented sedan and coupe.


The first GT-R emerged in 1969 and was internationally known as the “Hakosuka,” which when translated means “Boxy Skyline.” It was equipped with a 2.0-liter 160-horsepower S20 direct overhead camshaft I6 engine, the first of its kind designed by former Prince engineers. Although it began as a sedan model, a coupe version hit markets in 1970 and 1971.


Chicago Nissan GT-R enthusiasts will appreciate that, after ridding themselves of all unnecessary equipment to make them lighter and more fit for racing, the Skyline GT-R sedan and coupe won over 50 victories by 1972. By this time, the vehicle’s next series was ready for manufacture and release.


Produced between 1972 and 1977, the Skyline C110 generation put out a four-door sedan, two-door hardtop coupe, and a five-door station wagon. This series of Skyline was known as the “Kenmeri” or “Ken and Mary,” taking its unofficial namesake from its advertising campaign featuring a young couple that went by the two names.


In September 1972, the Skyline GT-R arrived but ceased production by March 1973 as the oil crisis swept the nation. As people began gravitating towards more fuel-efficient and economy cars, sport and racing cars were shunned. Unfortunately, this was the last time a GT-R model was released until 1989.


Interested in how the Skyline’s story continues? For more information or to speak with one of our representatives, contact our Chicago Nissan GT-R dealer today!


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Chicago Nissan Shoppers Thrilled to See the GT-R In Elysium

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The Nissan GT-R has been the brand’s most revered sports cars since it first came onto the scene back in 2007. Today, the iconic 2-door powerhouse has managed to cruise its way into the heart of Hollywood, making an appearance in the new action-packed sci-fi thrill ride Elysium.

We here at Kelly Nissan, your leading Chicago Nissan dealer, were thrilled when we saw Matt Damon tearing up the dystopian streets of LA in the new 2014 Nissan GT-R, decked out in armor and futuristic gadgets in the new movie Elysium. Given the plot of the movie, it makes sense that Matt Damon would need a vehicle like the 525-hp GT-R, as time is most certainly of the essence.

In the movie, a factory accident has left Matt Damon’s character highly irradiated, giving him less than a week to live due to organ failure. An orbiting space station called Elysium is home to the planet’s most powerful and wealthy, where advanced medical equipment could save Matt Damon’s life. Left with no other options, Damon’s character must find a way onto Elysium before his time runs out.

The Nissan GT-R Gives Matt Damon Some Speed As He Races Against Time

Chicago Nissan GT-RDonning a powerful exoskeleton and some high-powered weaponry, Matt Damon teams up with a team of terrestrial outlaws in an attempt to highjack a powerful business tycoon’s corporate secrets stored in his brain in exchange for passage to Elysium to save his life. The team locks and loads and hops into their assault vehicles, one of which is a battle-ready 2014 GT-R, as they chase the business man’s shuttle, taking it down with a well timed explosive and an action-packed ground assault.

While the assault doesn’t go quite as planned for Matt Damon and his crew as a team of interlopers tips the scales against their favor, the GT-R was able to get them to the crash site quickly and in style. If you’d like to see what happens to Matt Damon’s character and whether or not he ever reaches Elysium, you’ll have to rent the movie when it becomes available in the next few weeks.

Here at Kelly Nissan, we can’t offer you a battle-ready version of Nissan’s sporty GT-R, but as a leading Chicago GT-R dealer, we can offer you a normal street-legal version if you’d like. To learn more about the 2014 GT-R or to schedule a test drive, please feel free to give us a call at 866-450-8110.

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