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After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. Granted, the rear seats are very cramped, but at least they're there, and they also make a welcome addition to the car's luggage space, which itself is generous compared to most rival cars. Helps drivers see what's behind them when backing up through the use of a camera mounted to the rear of the car.

Though it's still recognisably a GT-R, every feature has been exaggerated to create a machine with true supercar presence. A Japanese-market performance ECU swap will be a pain if you want to run your GT-R on pump gas (Japanese fuel has a higher octane rating), but a known-brand of aftermarket intake and exhaust won't likely cause you any problems.

This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R," said Albaisa. Throw in a large adjustable wing and 21-inch rims, and the GT-R50 prototype won't be confused with the stock car any time soon.

Weight went up 100kg, the drag coefficient came down from 0.40 to 0.35 Cd and the V Spec model, like we have here, was fitted with the fiendishly clever ATTESA E-TS PRO system, which integrates control of the driving and braking forces on all four wheels independently.

When you sit behind the wheel of a stock GT-R R32, the austere interior doesn't deliver many clues about this car's racing heritage. While a Ferrari, Lamborghini and other exotic super cars survive our draconian speed limits and anti-car culture thanks to their looks, prestige and performance, the GT-R, arguably, only has the performance angle to go for.

Nissan GT-R comes with several first-grade safety features, such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), 6 airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, etc., to name a few.

For optimal control of engine cooling, the VR38 features a thermostatically controlled oil cooler system. An early feasibility study showed that the R33 GT-R would need the ADR work done in Japan and his would push the price of the car up to over $190,000 Nissan Skyline GT-R by the time it reached Australia, almost 75 percent more than the old R32.

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