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This 1,000 HP R34 Skyline GTR Is A Reminder Of Why US Customs Sucks

And it makes drivers giggle with joy.

Importing a Nissan Skyline GTR, specifically the R32, is not all that easy to do. It takes time, money, and lots and lots of patience. But the old Skyline GT-R that many US enthusiasts are clamoring for is the R34. Unfortunately, it can’t be legally imported to the US for several more years; nine to be exact (blame US Customs laws). So until that time all they can do is wait. And then wait some more. Or, they could also watch this video featuring The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah on a trip to New Zealand.

It is there that he gets behind the wheel of an R34 Skyline. But this is no ordinary R34. Its owner and modifier has done a bit of tweaking. Let’s call it 1,000 hp worth of tweaking. Could the R34 be the greatest Japanese performance car of all time the US still can’t have? We’ve convinced ourselves that’s the case.

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