Driving One Of Just 44 Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R’s

In the world of Nissan Skyline’s, there are few variants quite as iconic or revered as the R32-generation GT-R Nismo 400R.

Unveiled in late 1997, just 44 units of the Nismo 400R were produced, each inspired by the potent GT-R LM race car that competed twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

As the name of the car implies, it has around 400 hp on tap, 395 hp to be precise, courtesy of a 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged straight six-cylinder RB-X GT2 engine that also pumps out 347 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.

That engine was actually created by Reinik, the motorsport department of Nismo and is very similar to the racing engine of the LM.

Considering how rare the car is, even having the chance to see one in person is a rarity let alone getting the opportunity to drive one. Recently however, Evo Magazine’s Jethro Bovingdon was handed the keys to a stunning dark purple example and discovered that, despite being almost 20 years old, it feels quite modern.