We hear it all the time that Nissan's famous Skyline GT-R is illegal in the USA, but do you know why?
Nissan Skyline GT-R has won the Japanese Touring Car Championship 29 times consecutively, which pushed it into the limelight in front of the whole world. It is also known as the best drifting car of all times. But yet it is banned in the USA, here's why.
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The car failed to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, mainly because of the power it carries within.
The USA safety regulations don't allow importation of the car because it has no certification for sale
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a right drive car, which fails to meet the guidelines of Department of Transporations.
The spare parts of the Nissan Skyline GT-R are not easily available in the United States.
The spare parts of Skyline GT-R are expensive and importing them adds more to the cost which was a downside for the importers.
The engine of the Skyline is very powerful, it comes with a horsepower of up to 500 BHP, but can also be clocked up to 1000 BHP. The police cars cannot even reach close to it which creates a problem for them.
Most of the police cars in the USA are rear drive only but Nissan's Skyline is a four-wheel drive. This capability of Nissan's Skyline makes it a real tough car for Sheriff to chase and hence is kept banned.