Holidays are typically a time for feasting. In your post-Christmas food coma, gorge yourself on this video reminder that in Japan, excess is not always best. There, engine displacement has a not insignificant effect on how much tax you pay for your car. That’s why there are insanely engineered cars that max out at 2.0 liters.
At the introduction of the R32 Skyline the 2.6-liter, twin-turbo GT-R may have been the one we all drooled about, but the GTS-t Type M was a more affordable, less complex option. But that didn’t mean Nissan skimped on the suspension, brakes, or overall competitiveness of the car.
As this 1989 Best Motoring video proves, even a mid-level R32 can be plenty of fun. The GTS-t Type M came with a 212-horsepower, single-turbo RB20 inline-six, rear- instead of all-wheel-drive, and four-/two-pot brakes front/rear. Put up against an elimination bracket that pits it against other Bubble Era greats like the FC3S RX-7, Galant VR-4, 1G Supra, and Silvia S13, the GTS-t Type M still comes out on top. Of course, in traditional Best Motoring viewing fashion, take the races with a grain of shio, but it’s still a fine way to recover from your post-holiday binge.