Nissan R33 GT-R Wagon: The Unknown Gem

Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech – Rarity Up For Sale

Auto aficionados are well-acquainted with the venerated Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R, yet did you know that it has a wagon iteration? Dubbed the Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech and from 1998, one is now up for grabs at Cars & Bids. An exotic option that Japanese Domestic Market devotees would not want to pass up.

For the uninitiated, consider this Japanese motor vehicle akin to an Audi RS7 Avant but with far less availability; merely 1,734 were constructed and interestingly, none of them made it into the US market. In a nutshell, it can be categorized as a wagon style of Nissan GT-R sports coupe’s Skyline predecessors.

Developed by Nissan-associated Autech tuning company – before their merger with Nismo in 2021 – the Stagea was designed to stand up to the Subaru Legacy wagon’s highly impressive 1997 STI edition.

When it comes to internals, the Stagea 260RS Autech is virtually identical to its R33 twin. Powered by a twin-turbo RB26DETT 2.6L inline-6 motor, it also owns the same five-speed manual transmission and ATTESSA ET-S four-wheel-drive system.

The stellar six-cylinder mill can generate an astonishing 280 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of twist. That kind of power is remarkable coming from something that was unveiled in the 1990s, nevertheless, do take into account that this high-performance wagon has an imposing 3,500 pounds of heft. Incidentally, this is 105 pounds bulkier than the sedan it derives from.

So as to set itself apart from its more commonplace counterparts, the brash long-roof operation motor also obtains a distinctive Autech body kit that features a more vigorous anterior, bulkier and bigger side skirts, and a much more visible top-installed rear spoiler.

Extra features on the Autech 260 RS comprise of 17-inches BBS rims, a limited slip axle, four-wheel guidance scheme, front stress stabilizer, sporty front chairs, as well as air conditioning.

The exceptional Nissan Skyline R34 need not concern itself with the constraints regarding the usage-limited importation as it is already in possession of an authentic United States title. Its exclusivity and deceptively humble odometer reading of 83,500 miles render this particular specimen a worthy commodity, garnering as a whole a rather commendable 25K on the auction block – with 6 days yet to expire.

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