I had a email with exactly the same reason for selling, but this time it was for a GXSR 1000 bike, up for sale in a South African Auto trader.
Guess when one does it, they all do it......
The married boy racers among you should take heed of the possible consequences of shelling out for a nice set of wheels without consulting the missus - something which the poor bloke flogging his Nissan Skyline GT-R evidently didn't do. The blurb is all pretty standard stuff - £29k for the Bayside Blue, 180+ MPH beast featuring …
Naughty naughty! This is not a news story, this is an old email joke. I received this over a month ago as a JPG attachment, done up in the style of an AutoTrader advert. And it was for a Susuki bike, not a car.
Anyway, what I want to know is, where is the Paris Hilton angle?
There is more to supercars than the purchase price. It might make a lot of people choke and cry to hear it, but the days of only a select few small european manufacturers making supercars are long gone. This thing goes as quick as a Lambo, and is just as sexy (I actually prefer this, to be honest). The fact that is says "Nissan" (like it does on countless micras) on it doesn't mean it isn't a supercar. Neither does that fact that it can transport 4 people with luggage and completely fail to destroy itself every 10 thousand miles.
By your logic about 8 or nine diesel Mondeos are a supercar. As indeed are the 11-tonne artics parked outside my office. Not sure i'd go on the pull in one, though.
According to Doctor Clarkson et al a Supercar has to be mid-engined, fast and handle. The Skyline only qualifies on 2 out of 3 (front engined).
I think it's a joke. If the car was genuinely up for sale it'd be on Autotrader and it ain't. If it's true he either needs a new wife or else a backbone.
This thing is definitely real, it's quite frequently parked outside Scan, I park near there when I go watching Bolton lose. I guess the real story is... he wants to sell it so he can buy a bigger, faster penis extension and he fancied tagging a funny comment on the end. Fair enough. And I bet he's a high-ranking employee and he won't have to pay a penny to sell it on there, so why donate money to Autotrader?
A true super car should be able to hit 60 well under 6 seconds as well. I agree though that the Skyline is not a supercar.
I don't see how the Nissan Skyline is a 'penis extension' and Bugatti Veyron isn't. At least one can actually buy a Skyline.
Plus I've always considered the small penii angle to be nothing but the poor man's defense. There are a few people out there who lusted after these cars as children and then produced the means to buy one. Then with a big smile on their face at 155 mph proceeded to not give a toss what the rest of the world thought of them or their unit.
Bravo to them and here's to joining you soon.
That discounts the Porsche 911 GT3 too then... Still got it's beetle engine and a half hanging out the back!
To be honest, I don't think the location of the engine really matters. The only reason mid-engined is preferred is for the weight distributions, which improves handling.
If you can make a car handle with it's engine in a different place, then all well and good. Although it did take Porsche about 40 years! lol!
And yes, the GTR is an awesome bit of kit. I've had the pleasure of been driven down the lanes in one by a slightly deranged owner, scared the cr*p outta me!
FYI, when Middlehurst Nissan started bringing the GTR into the country, Clarkson stood by a nice silver Vspec and said "Welcome to Britain master" on Top Gear.
So, it starts one night with me this:
ME: "I said "so, the car is this much - what do you think? They will be calling me to confirm tomorrow!"
WIFE: "yeah, if you think its a good deal get it!"
ME: "Cool - okay, will buy it then!!"
The next day by text message
ME: "Bought the car - will be here in a couple of weeks because its a factory order"
WIFE: "Why the f**k did you buy a car and not clear it with me first?! Oh my god... I'm actually crying in work. I can't believe you! We are supposed to be married!!"
I conclude that women are mean! lol
I saw this legitimate advert a while back, but the reason for selling was different. So I did a quick google search on
"This Car is also available at £26K Inc VAT without the T9 GTR Number Plate." which shows two results;
The car is listed both at Scan and Ebay.
Obviously the seller hasn't had many enquiries as he's changed the reason for selling from
"Reason for Selling: 3rd baby arrival means time to swap for a people carrier!"
(as on ebay) to what is being "reported" here.
Still, now its been on El Reg he's bound to have attracted a few more interested purchasers....
A true super car should be able to hit 60 well under 6 seconds as well.
Cool makes my home made kit car a super car, and all for seven grand.
Really should be at least under 4 and really under 3, but again, kit cars would rule this area (Ultma GTR & Tiger z100).
PS The Ultima s**ts on most so called supercars anyway...
A closer look at the scan website indicates that they have tuned this car themselves and there's video (youtube) footage of it in a drag race against a Ferrari (no, they don't say which model and it's hard to tell from the footage).
Needless to say the Skyline wins handsomely.
That'll do me!
What a load of viewpoints on what is or is not a Supercar.
I wasn't aware that engine placement was a defining criteria. And, on that subject, could someone please clarify what "mid-engine" means ? An engine placed under the drivers' seat ?
For me, a Supercar is a car that has more horsepower than any sane man can possibly handle. The Bugatti Veyron, with 1000hp, is indeed the very definition of a supercar. Any high-end Ferrari, Lamborghini, or the Maserati MC12 are as well. In general, anything with over 500hp is a supercar because, with that kind of power, you have to have proper air penetration, braking power and weight distribution simply to prevent the rich kid from killing himself in the first mile.
Porsche does not make supercars, they make playboy millionaire toys. The Porsche 911 GT3 is a 400-something horsepower toy (a nice one), not a supercar - but its hp-to-weight ratio is probably in line the Bugatti anyway.
Start the flamewars !
..you all suck at em ;)
supercar's aren't *strictly* defined in the normal sense
the skyline is a supercar in my eyes, and a lot of ppl's eyes really...its extremely fast, AMAZING handling, looks beautiful..
the skyline is one of my all time fave cars..and if you wanna see a real supercar check out the z-tune skyline (google to the rescue)
o and whoever said veyron..thats a hypercar by everyone's standards :D
0-60 in up to 4 seconds
0-100mph in 7sec
0-200mph in 30sec
Standing quarter in 13sec, trap speed of 110mph
Standing mile trap speed of 200mph
Top speed at least 200mph
That's what wikipedia says, Mr Orlowski!
My personal take on things is that you've got to be noticeably faster than the fastest drug dealer car or bog-standard sports car on the market, so the Skyline GTR and any Porsche 911 at the moment I guess.
And stop going on about the Bugatti Veyron, it's old news and it's comparitively slow now, the Ultimate Aero TT is what it's all about these days...
Honestly, I expect better from the Register. As has previously been noted, this advertisment has previously appeared with the reason for selling being "3rd baby arrival means time to swap for a people carrier!" http://cgi.ebay.nl/Nissan-Skyline-R34-V-SPEC-II_W0QQitemZ170133848313QQihZ007QQcategoryZ18238QQcmdZViewItem
I suggest that el Reg does us all a favour, deletes this story and reverts back to its usual editorial practices.
...under 6 seconds to 60.
a) it's a pintless and stupid test, but 6 seconds is nothing, absolutely nothing these days. 4 seconds is the entry level target... and less than 9 to 100.
b) the Skyline is a supercar, they're phenomenal, bought out from the Playstation generation and a little numb to drive, but stunning nonetheless... on an average UK road a Porsche 911, Ferrari 360 etc (cars from the same era) would have a difficult time against one, the handling is almost computer-game esque.
How many of these sort of sales go on day-to-day? I don't think there has been a day gone by when I haven't heard via email of someone selling something due to some "comedy" reason. Come to think of it I think that legendary Autotrader Supra ad with "oops another baby on the way" or something similar is doing the rounds again....
Shame The Reg got duped into advertising a car which has been up for sale since the dawn of time, with a myriad of different reasons for sale. It was also - until recently - erroneously listed ScanSpecII as an "official derivative of VspecII" which is total bollocks. The car isn't even a VspecII spec - all UK R34 GTRs were Vspecs, and this particular one was a press car so it was no doubt ragged to bits - which would certainly explain why it's been up for sale for at least a year.
fwiw the definition of a supercar is an overpriced unreliable posing machine for the upper-class mid-life crisis. The GTR is a middle-manager mid-life crisis.
Anyway, any fule no that the R32 GST-T is the pick of the skyline range, rwd and before they went all lardy. And they're all driven by yobs, albeit a better educated yob than the wrong-wheel-drive scoobaroo drivers. But yobs and 10x the cooler for it - and about 10x cheaper.