I would say a good portion of the population has a car that they really want or one that they would consider to be their “dream car.” You don’t necessarily have to be a “car-guy” (or girl), to have an idea of your “dream car.” What I have seen is that most people’s dream car is a stupidly-expensive sports-car that they could never afford (hence it being called a “dream car”), for example a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, a Bugatti, a McLaren, etc. I on the other hand, would go for something a little cheaper, with about the same speed and quickness, a “tuner-car” or a “modded-car,” something that you can upgrade, unlike the name-brand cars that I mentioned above.
My “dream car” is a 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR (r34).
The reasons of why this car being the “dream car,” are:
- The look of this car to me is straight-up cool, it is a sleek sports car mixed with a late 90’s look and feel to it. It also has a very simple look to it, there isn’t anything crazy going on with it in terms of cosmetics (there isn’t a obnoxiously huge wing on the back, it isn’t slammed to the ground, it doesn’t have wide and big ground effects, and it doesn’t have the biggest motor in the world). I would consider it a minimalists’, 90’s, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) fan’s dream.
- The motor is considered to be one of the best in the world when it comes to horsepower to weight ratio, reliability, and power efficiency. This motor is the legendary RB-26, which is a twin-turbo, straight-six (so basically a V6 with a lot of power). It’s so good, in fact, that many car-guys will swap this engine with a stock engine of another car (the most common RB motor swap being the Datsun’s Z series cars). This motor makes around 550-600 horsepower, depending on the modifications put on the base motor. So it can keep up with most of the supercars on the road even today.
3. It’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. This means that all four wheels are spinning at the same time, all of the time, like the famous Subaru all-wheel-drive system. This gives the car twice the traction because all four wheels are spinning at the same time. More traction means a better launch when accelerated from a stop, and a better launch means that you would get the jump on basically any other car that has either front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive. This awd system also means that you would have a better chance of staying on the road when the weather gets slippery (rain or snow).
4. This GTR also has a manual transmission or a “stick-shift” as people call it. This means that you physically have to shift into the next gear as you accelerate or decelerate by pushing the clutch down and pushing the shifter into the next gear (rather than an automatic in which you just have to brake and accelerate and the vehicle will shift for you). This is purely a fun factor for me because I personally find manual cars way more fun to drive because it feels like you are driving a racecar. You can also find this car with an automatic transmission, but that wouldn’t be very fun (to me anyway).
5. There is a major following as it gained most of it’s popularity from the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie franchise, as it was the car that one of the main characters (Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor) drove in multiple of the movies. These movies actually introduced me to this car and caught my interest when I first saw it in the second movie and even more in the fourth movie. This car is now considered one of the most sawt after JDM cars ever, given the nickname “Godzilla” from the car-world.
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