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Dec 4, 2019

2020 Vision : JDM Cars Turning 25 Years Old in 2020

1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R - The R33 turn 25 years old starting in 2020

2020 means that vehicles produced in 1995 are now turning 25 years old, and legal to import to the USA, exempt from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

From 1995-1998 there were 16,674 R33 GT-R'S PRODUCED in Japan. About 1/3 the number of R32's. There are three distinct versions of the R33. The Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3. Series 1 are 1995. Series 2 are 1996. Series 3 are 1997-1998.

The R33's RB26 had a few changes from the R32 engine, but overall near the same. It ran a little more boost. You would see about 11-12 psi peak. They are still rated at 280 ps or 276 hp, but we all know this to not be quite accurate.
R32,R33, and R34 GT-R in Japan
Vspec or victory specification debuted in the R32 GT-R in 1993, and ran through 1994. The Vspec II debuted in 1994. In the R32 that meant Brembo brakes, 17 inch wheels, stiffer suspension, some ATTESA reprogramming. Other than those parts, the engine, transmission were all the same. No power advantages, all braking and handling advantages.

In the R33, Nissan introduced an active rear differential (A-LSD) in the Vspec versions of the R33 GT-R. This active rear differential works by locking the rear differential upon throttle application. If your foot is off throttle, the differential is open, making turning a little easier. As you start to put the power down, the differential progressively locks. We have seen some people say that the Vspec can vector torque, which it can not. It is just a lockup.

Along with the rear differential upgrade, the Vspec got ATTESA Pro, stiffer suspension. No power or braking upgrades on the R33 GT-R. All the R33 GT-R got Brembo brakes front and rear.

BCNR33 colors or paint codes
#AN0 - Super Clear Red
#BN6 - Deep Marine Blue
#KH3 - Black
#KL0 - Spark Silver
#KN6 - Dark Grey Pearl
#LP2 - Midnight Purple
#QM1 - White
#BT2 - Champion Blue (Le Mans)
#KP4 - Sonic Silver
#AR1 - Super Clear Red II

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So what other cars turn 25 years old in 2020?

The JDM Honda Civic EK version turns 25 years old starting September 2020

Honda Civic EK (September 1995)

The sixth generation Honda Civic was introduced in September 1995 with a 2 door coupe, 4 door sedan, and 3 door hatchback versions.

Honda Integra Type R turns 25 years old in 2020

Honda Integra Type R

In the USA, we didn't get the Acura Integra Type R until 1997, but in Japan they got it in 1995. The JDM cars have several differences from the US cars, one of the biggest being the headlights.  These cars are popular in the US and Japan.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III turns 25 years old in 2020

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III turns 25 starting in February 2020.  The Evo III uses the same platform as the Evo II, the CE9A. The Evo 3 made 270 horsepower, and had a number of small improvements over the Evo 2.

Mitsubishi Pajero Mini Kei car

Mitsubishi Pajero Mini

The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini is like a bite size version of the Mitsubishi. Four wheel drive, 660 cc, with turbo and normally aspirated versions.  In 1995, 104,990 were produced.

Nissan Rasheen
Nissan Rasheen

The Nissan Rasheen was made from November 1994 to August 2000. Available with an a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder, 1.8 liter(1997), SR20DE(in 1998), and ATTESA all wheel drive

The Toyota Mega Cruiser starts turning 25 years old in 2020

Toyota Mega Cruiser

Ever want a Hummer, but not a Hummer, instead a Toyota?  Then the Toyota Mega Cruiser is for you. Powered by a 150 horsepower 4. 1 liter inline 6 turbo diesel, the Mega Cruiser will get you from point A to B, wherever that might be.  According to Toyota just 148 were made from 1995 to 2002.

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