We get our fair share of great cars here in the U.S., but there always seem to be a few desirable models just outside of our grasp in Asia or Europe. Import laws make it difficult in most cases to buy the car you want from overseas and bring it stateside — especially true for the Japanese auto market, home to prominent automakers with vehicles over the years that enthusiasts in America could only salivate over.
The foremost example might be the Nissan GT-R, which reached legendary status in the U.S. as forbidden fruit. For many years, the “Skyline GT-R” would not make its way here. That changed in the 2009 model year, when Nissan brought the car over as the GT-R. The car’s arrival made a huge splash — a true halo car from Nissan with an advanced all-wheel-drive system, oodles of power and edgy styling. It also had a suitably edgy nickname: Godzilla.