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Skyline GT-R: The ultimate Japanese supercar Hardcover – 16 Mar 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 1st ed. edition (16 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844251055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844251056
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,519,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Andy Butler contributes to a wide range of motoring magazines, and is the author of Haynes' well-received You & Your Golf GTI, You & Your Mitsubishi Evo and ICE Manual. He lives near Appleby, in Cumbria.

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If you read the other reviewer's ('Mad Matt') first paragraph, about not knowing much about the Skyline except its streetfighter 'reputation' and liking films such as Fast&Furious and so on, and if you think you're pretty similar, then as he says, this will probably be a good book for you.
Personally, it wasn't for me. I'm no great expert, but I do know a bit about Skylines, and this book did seem quite superficial - and certainly too in awe of the GT-R's 'reputation'. There are some good bits for sure, but if you already feel you know a little about the R32/33/34, then I'm not convinced you'll learn much more here.
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Skyline GT-R: The ultimate Japanese supercar
A bit of a "curate's egg", this book-good in parts.
I am a Skyline enthusiast, hence the reason for purchasing this book.
I have read a great deal about, and looked at quite a few Skylines.
Some of the material was quite interesting, but like "Swansea Dog" I felt slightly disappointed at the end of the day.
There's no doubting the author's enthusiasm, but this seems to overshadow his objectivity in large part.
Still doesn't stop me wanting one,though!
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Before reading this book the only thing I knew about the Nissan Skyline was it's a fast Japanese imported car that is capable of very high speeds. And only become interested in the car after watching one of the films in the fast and furious series, where the Skyline was basically the star of the show, since then I watched countless clips on you tube mainly crazy Japanese dudes, hurtling around race tracks, displays just what an awesome machine this Skyline GTR really is.

After reading this book I gained a vastly more appreciated knowledge of just what makes this car so amazing

This book gives only a short history of the Skyline, Which is a good thing because who wants a history of the Nissan Skyline anyway

The GTR is were it's at, and that's what this book focuses on, the Nissan Skyline GTR the author of this book explains what an absolutely totally and utterly amazing car the Nissan Skyline is, and explains what an amazing car the Skyline is to own and drive ,

It explains all the triumphs and tribulations that Nissan underwent to turn this car from something ordinary to something extraordinary,

Tells you why the Skyline GTR has such absolute amazing cornering ability, (due to the fact 4WD is activated, so that certain percentage of the drive can be rationed to the front wheels, to make sure the car maintains best transaction, quicker that human reactions could do, to make sure under steer or over steer that was developing is eliminated.
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I bought this book to find out more about my car, I am a member of the owners clubs (grt and skyline owners), but this book give you a lot of information about all the different models and the specs, this is a great read to gain an insight in to how they should be driven and why they were built and why they becam iconic.
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HASH(0x8faeac24) out of 5 stars Surely one of the best sources for info on the Skyline GT-R 8 Mar. 2007
By Matthew Tung-Yep - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book on many levels - firstly it is one of the only books I've found, which is available in English and deals quite comprehensively with the Skyline, right from Prince motors roots right through to the R34.

You could also say Butler has got his info directly from 'the source' - the man who was chief of development for the R32-R34 GT-Rs, so the info should prove to be quite accurate.

The book not only deals with each of the R32, R33 and R34 GT-R models in detail, pointing out the major differences between the variants such as 400R, M-spec and V-spec II, Nür, and so on, but also has sections on what to look out for when buying one, how to best maintain a GT-R, and tune it. Of course it is by no means a comprehensive manual on each of these topics but they are useful inclusions.

The book is written fom a UK-perspective, (so the English is perfect), but also includes a section with some international perspective on the cars (such as how they were brought to Australia).

There are also stacks of great high-res photos, most of which are of cars in top condition, and many 'stock' cars, which is nice to see, so that you can appreciate how the cars were originally designed, before all the aftermarket add-ons.

Some of the humour is a bit cheesy... but as an Australian owner of an R33 GT-R I've found this book to be both an informative and entertaining read, as well as good reference material to help understand my car.
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HASH(0x94238918) out of 5 stars A must have for any enthusiast 15 Nov. 2006
By B. Maguire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic book, very informative and systematic review on the R32-R34 models and limited editions such as the v spec. also includes a history of the skyline dating back to 1955.The photogrphs used throughout the book are great and worth the investment alone..
HASH(0x8fa42fc0) out of 5 stars Avid Reader 4 Nov. 2008
By John D. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great book! it is well writen, and the author is well informed.
Perfact for the new skyline fan.
I hope the author writes a Volume 2 soon. with more indepth tuning
The first reason that I would moove out of the USA is to own a
Skyline R34 V Spec 2 Nur' Amazing car!
HASH(0x8f85e39c) out of 5 stars Great info 20 Oct. 2009
By Christine Gettis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author is British, it comes through in the writing. My husband recently got this car and wanted to know more about it, and this book helped alot.
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