For what it represents, its technical achievements, its style, attitude, power and sheer design brilliance. A lot of people love it for what it did in Gran Turismo...
I think of it as an advanced Audi Quattro with a stronger gearbox and no digital dash, or a big Lancia Delta with more visual presence and less rust, or a Cosworth with taste... p cossies ... heh, I like em really)
My other main motivation comes from having what your not meant to have ... The R32 (in my case) was never an offical UK model, so for me a lot of the desire for the car comes from the fact its not meant to be here... I'm awkward like that
But no-one can deny that the Skyline has a worldwide reputation for kicking ass. Ohhh, even the name makes me all shivvery
I'd choose an R32 V-Spec II in Gunmetal or Black, over any other car in the world. Yet a few years ago I wouldnt look at any Japanese car twice, this is what the Skyline has done to me turned me into a Jap-Car-Lover heh
They're supercars, without actually being typically classified as such.
I can't speak for other regions but Imprezas are ten a penny in my region, and Evos - whilst rarer - just don't really seem to elicit the same response from bystanders that a Skyline does.
Skylines, universally, have a wonderful mysticism about them - they command respect and admiration from everyone that sees them. I haven't yet met one person who hasn't liked the appearance of a Skyline.
I agree with everything that Durzel says, I started a job after I moved and was talking to my then supervisor as he was showing me around. The general chat was the usual thing when you start a new job and we got round to whereabouts I lived. It turned out that he knew some people just up the road from me and the next line was "There's a Skyline up there isn't there, have you seen it?" His chin hit the floor when I told him it was mine. After that he was trying to get me to go to the local cruise, gave in once, spent half the night driving round in a line of traffic trying to find somewhere to park (police had closed all carparks) then went home . Then when I left the job all he could comment on was there not being a skyline in the carpark anymore.
My point being that if mine is not a GTR but can still create that sort of reaction then it is for all skylines. If you look back to the eighties when the first Sierra Cosworths came out then they had the same level of intrigue and attention, but you wouldn't look twice at a 2.0 Ghia. The same goes for the EVO's and the lancer turbo.
Thats my rant over now
Worked my way up from Uno turbos, to MK2 RS2000's, to modded Fiesta RS Turbos, Three cossies (2wd, 4x4 and Escort) and an Evo 5. I can honestly say that there is no other car with the range of abilities that a Skyline has (Though the evo was close!).
Nothing looks like 'em, and although in my neck of the woods theres a few non Skyline rapid beasts, the Skyline can play or slay as required.
I love the look of the car, and the rarity. Have to carry a stick to beat off the Scoobys. Have a healthy respect for Evo's, which is about the only thing I'd consider, but only if the Skyline ceased to exist.
Only recently have I been able to think seriously about owning one, and now I just can't stop! I'm on here when I get to work and when I get home, in fact the last few nights have been solid on this damn pc looking, learning, pricing up etc.
This is worse than drugs!! (er, i've been told )
I just can't wait 'till I get one - this is killing me!
The best thing about Skylines is you don't see em on the road, and the worst thing is you don't see em on the road - but that makes them soooo special .
Down the motorway to and from work I'm looking at the other cariageway for em. Couldn't tell you what was in front of me today..