The RB26 engine, which powered three generations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R is back in production and available from Nismo Heritage Parts. That’s right, you can buy a brand new GT-R motor direct from the factory. Way to go Nissan! This is most commendable.
The RB26DETT inline-6 (2.6 L) is one of Nissan’s most legendary engines. The engine block is made from cast iron. This gave the block added strength and made it popular for modifications and tuning.
The RB26 engine was comparable to the Toyota 2JZ which was offered in the much loved Supra. Both engines can produce 1,000 horsepower on basically stock internals, a big turbo (or two), and a nice tune.
A couple of years ago Nissan sold the RB26 engine as a crate engine, but it was crazy expensive. Now you can buy individual OEM parts like the RB26 engine block or cylinder head from the Nismo Heritage website.
“Now all the core engine parts are offered as stand-alone units. The standard engine block is about $1,500 as found in the R32, R33, and R34 GT-R. The cylinder head is going for about $1700. In addition, they’re selling everything from hoses and pulleys, to body and roof panels, as well as official GT R badges.”
Nismo Heritage Parts
The website is actually fairly new. It was set up in 2017, and only 16 items were released in 2018. Nissan has released 24 additional items in 2019.
JDM and Nissan fans will be happy to hear that activity at Nismo Heritage is ongoing, and they are not planning on stopping anytime soon. On the website, they explain how they intend to expand the reproduction items for the R32, R33, and R34 type Skyline GT-R. And since the R32 can now be imported into the US, American Skyline enthusiasts should be able to fairly easily get the parts too.
Now if some of the other Japanese car companies like Subaru or Toyota (Lexus) could remake some of their coolest cars and engines again, that would be super rad.
Limited production runs are cool and all, but there are 7.7 billion people on the earth as of 2019. How awesome would it be to see another production run of the Lexus LFA or 22B STI? We don’t think it will happen, but we can dream!
Nissan RB26 Engine Videos
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