Skyline GT-R: The ultimate Japanese supercar Hardcover – 16 Mar 2006
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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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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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.
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!