Nissan is bringing back the legendary RB26 engine from the Skyline GT-R to power your next garage project.
Last year, Nissan announced that they’d be bringing back some older parts to help keep their heritage models in working order. Heritage parts, in this case, meant general wear components like engine hoses, rubber pieces in the body, and other chassis components that might have rusted away over time.
Recently, Nissan announced that they’d be expanding their heritage parts to produce even more components, including bits and pieces from the legendary Skyline GT-R. Including the RB26 engine that powers the Skyline.
Part of what made the Skyline so popular with tuners and enthusiasts in the ‘90s was the RB26, an engine so dependable and durable that it was routinely pushed beyond 1,000 horsepower with very few internal modifications.
And it has an interesting personal history in Japan. Due to a rash of street racing and high-speed crashes, Japanese carmakers entered into an informal agreement not to produce cars with more than 276 horsepower. Why they settled on 276 is still a mystery, but when the Skyline GT-R came into being it was advertised as possessing a 2.6-L twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine which made 276 horsepower.
The strange part was that this was quite clearly a lie. Actual testing proved that the engine had closer to 320 horsepower, and when the Skyline was sold internationally, Nissan advertised the actual power figure rather than the toned-down one.
Flash forward a few decades later and you see a ton of people swapping the twin-turbos for massive units that push the RB26 way beyond even 320 hp, and yet the engine just keeps on giving.
In addition to the RB26, Nissan is making a bunch of other parts for the R32, 33, and 34-gen Skylines, including a new roof and three-quarters panel. They’re all being sold through Japanese dealers, but according to Autoblog, it won’t be too hard for you to get your hands on a genuine RB26 straight from the factory for less than $3,500 (not including shipping, which is probably going to be somewhat expensive).