The Toyota Supra and Nissan Skyline are both legendary sports cars – but which is worth buying?
The 1990s bequeathed a multitude of gifts upon the modern gearhead. Who could forget the original Porsche Boxster and the epic GMC Syclone? But among those four-wheeled champions, two stand taller than the rest. If the Fast and Furious franchise is any indication, the two biggest are Japanese, twin-turbocharged, and capable of getting sideways for days – the Supra and the GT-R.
Given that Furious 7 is making off at the box office better than some of that series' actual heists, we thought it only proper to get your opinion on these two turbo legends. We found this Anniversary Edition Toyota Supra Turbo and a gunmetal grey R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R up for sale on eBay. If you were racing for 'pinks,' which would you buy?
For a new generation of gearheads, 2001's The Fast and the Furious became a veritable bible, and the Toyota Supra.... a deity. It isn't hard to see why. The hallowed fourth-generation Supra arrived in 1993, bringing with it the hearty 2JZ engine in both twin-turbo and free-breathing form. We'll gloss over the latter; it's the boosted one with its six-speed transmission that we all wanted.
The turbo produced a mighty 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque, capable of sprints through 60 mph at just over five seconds. But as is quite well known, there's much more horsepower to be found. All 1997 Supras came as '15th Anniversary Models', this being one of them, and though it's mileage is a bit up there in the 147,000 range, it looks in good shape inside and out.
One could say that the Supra is a cult car. But then what do you call the absolute fanaticism that surrounds the Skyline GT-R – not just a car, but the car that North America desperately wanted, and never got. The storied R32 generation has the distinction of reviving the Skyline GT-R nameplate, dormant since 1973, and brought with it Nissan's corner-clinging ATTESA all-wheel-drive system and new twin-turbo RB26 straight-six.
Nissan took it racing and walked away with four overall Japanese touring car championships from 1990 to 1993. Given the US government's strict 25-year-import ban, this sinister 1990 Skyline GT-R is likely a recent immigrant to these shores.
Unlike the Supra, this Skyline shows a variety of mods, including Tein coilovers, an HKS intake, strut braces, and a stainless steel exhaust. Thankfully those stunning wheels haven't migrated off the car. But best of all, it shows just under 50,000 miles on the clock. So there you have it: Supra or GT-R? Which pulls at your heartstrings more?