We’ve snapped a lot of photos and spilled a lot of digital ink writing about the Skyline GT-R, but one thing that images and words can’t convey is the amazing aural power of its incredible engines. Luckily, Motor Trend provides that soundtrack in an Ignition episode video about three landmark generations of the legendary GT-R, from the raw snarl of the Hakosuka’s S20 to the turbocharged boom of Godzilla’s RB26DETT to the high-tech woosh of the R35’s VR38DETT.
It’s also fun to watch host Jason Cammisa’s face light up with glee as he pilots a Hakosuka GT-R through a closed-off backroad. In particular, he beams at the ridiculous-for-its-time 7,000 rpm redline of the Hako’s 24-valve, twin-cam S20, likening it to a Lamborghini V12. In fact, long-time readers may recognize it as the same Hako owned by our friend Tom Knudsen which we bombed around New York city in.
Cammisa’s turn in the R32 is equally enjoyable, as he struggles to remember what all of its AWD and four-wheel steering acronyms stand for. He has less kind things to say about the R35 — not that it isn’t a fantastic machine, but that Nissan seems to have lost some of its racing mojo that helped the previous GT-Rs become legends. In any case, it’s well worth a watch to kick of your week.