The Real Reason America Banned the Nissan Skyline GT-R

Many urban legends surround the legality (or, more accurately, the illegality) of importing a Nissan Skyline GT-R into the US. Pundits claimed the Skyline was too fast for American police cars to catch up, that its mighty turbocharged engine was capable of pumping upwards of 1,000 horsepower given a slew of aftermarket parts. The fact that the Skyline is AWD and had a 200 mph top speed didn’t help, either, and this was a time when police cruisers were rear-wheel drive and handled like a boat.

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