What’s better than a Skyline? A MINE’S Skyline, of course.
The year is young, but its most highly anticipated 1:18 model is finally here. And it does. not. disappoint.
If you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo racing series, then this car needs no introduction. If you’ve played Gran Turismo, there’s a very good chance you’ve (virtually) driven one of these at some point. I mean, if you didn’t, did you even play the game? And if you’ve (virtually or not) driven one of these, there’s a very good chance you were blown away by how well it drove, how quick it was off the line, how it responded to every steering input no questions asked, how it always stayed poised through every gnarly situation and ate up every turn without hesitation. You’d think you were playing with a cheat code, but then you realize that this is a racing simulator you’re playing, made to simulate what the actual car drives like. Wait, it actually gets better?
Considered by many enthusiasts to be the holy grail of all Skylines, the MINE’S BNR34 is part of a dying species of tuner cars that follows the formula of function over form. Unlike other tuning houses that throw bodacious bodykits on their cars, they keep the cosmetics to a minimum, focusing rather on the underpinnings that make this Skyline the purpose-built track maestro that it has become renowned for. Picture the car without its vinyls and decals and you have, in all honesty, a rather plain R34 - with some carbon fiber bolt-ons and a set of new shoes. But it just looks so good with the signature ‘MINE’S’ scribble plastered all over the car!
What I’m most excited to see is that Otto has amended the issues with their R34 GT-R mold. Prior models didn’t have the right proportions: the upper grille was the incorrect shape and the wheels were comically big. We can all let out a sigh of relief, though, as they got their act together with this release. Although the actual car has more negative camber than what’s shown here, the best areas of this model are at the corners. The BBS RE-Mg racing wheels look fabulous, complete with blue center caps. The attention to detail continues further, where Otto even nailed the slotted pattern on the AP Racing brake rotors (and yes, the calipers are labeled too!) The interior is well-appointed with a blue Sparco flywheel and green Takata harnesses on the front seats.
The carbon fiber accessories on the MINE’S BNR34 fall out of the priority list here - they’re simply painted in metallic grey, with no weave - but the amount of detail in this entry-level model is outstanding. It’s clear that Otto poured a lot into this release and, as a result of their efforts, we have one of the best models in recent memory.
This is the Skyline we’ve been asking for. This is the Skyline we deserve.