We do love a render here at Grand Tour Nation and this one has divided opinions here in the office, so we need you – our most esteemed readership, to help us come to the conclusion on this.
Please allow me to introduce you to the R34 Nissan GT-R, with pop up lights – yes that’s right, Instagram rendering artist Khyzyl Saleem has taken this old school – and from my end, I don’t like it, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t.
Replacing the headlights with the new pop-ups has completely changed the GT-R’s looks, making the front end look a bit skew-whiff (is that too overly British of me? If so, it looks a bit off). With such an aggressive design, and reputation, I just feel like the headlights make the vehicle look a bit tamer, and that’s not what the GT-R is about.
Even the artist himself, Khyzyl Saleem appears to agree with me, as he mentioned in his original Instagram post:
“I’d say I’m sorry for this, but I’m not, I wanted to see what it would look like. I’m grateful it DIDN’T come with pop-ups though,”
One could argue that the GT-R earned it’s reputation originally though the Gran Turismo video games, with the GT-R having never actually been sold in America – it has achieved somewhat of a cult status. The R34 is currently too young to be legally eligible to be imported to the USA but as a result, values are skyrocketing for the Japanese import legend.
In my humble opinion, the R34 Skyline is just too iconic to be messed around with – I think we should all just leave the popup lights to the likes of the FD gen Mazda RX-7.