The R30 generation Skyline was the first to be globally branded as a Nissan in 1981. It spawned 26 variants including the only Skyline hatchback.

Things got interesting with the introduction of the 200RS that offered 150 hp (112 kW). The model was developed into the 190 hp (141 kW) 200RS Turbo and later 203 hp (151 kW).

R30 and the following R31 also saw success in the Australian touring car series.