2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT (CPV35)
Unusual to see JDM spec 11th Gen Skyline CPV35 Coupe packing 276bhp from its 3.5 V6; auto/tip 'box and useful 2+2 seating
Dating from June 2004 this car may not be instantly recognisable as part of the iconic Nissan Skyline lineage, but is in fact the 11th Generation of Skyline model, launched in 2001 to replace its (legendary) R34 predecessor and is known as the V35 series.
Not only did this V35 series move away from the traditional straight-six engine configuration of old, instead opting for a new V6 unit, there would be no turbocharging or GT-R version, or traditional round rear lights either – Skyline in name only perhaps?
That aside, the V35 Coupe, as we find here, (known as the CPV35) is the only Coupe model within the (saloon heavy) 11th Generation V35 range and shares more than a passing resemblance to its super Nissan 350Z sports coupe cousin.
The Coupe was intended to be focused more at the Luxury-sports car market, where-as the 350Z was to be slightly faster, stiffer, lighter and a strict 2-seater in line with its Z-model forbears. The Skyline’s move into the ‘luxury sports’ market was a move many die-hard fans chose to distance themselves from, referring to the 11th Gen and onwards as the ‘new generation Skylines’ – despite this, orders were considerable and the car was a success in its new market, particularly in America where it was sold as an Infiniti G35, Infiniti being Nissan’s premium brand (like Lexus and Toyota).
Under the bonnet, we find the same 3.5-litre V6 VQ35DE engine as in the 350Z, albeit in a slightly milder state of tune, developing a not too dissimilar 276bhp driving the rear wheels via automatic transmission with tiptronic option. The car sits well, and rides on a set of attractive OEM 7-spoke 18” Skyline alloy wheels with gold painted Brembo callipers and poking discreetly out from the rear bumper, we find a pair of after-market Scorpion exhaust tips giving the car a lovely and very V6 sound.
Inside, we find comfortable half leather and Alcantara seats with electric adjustment, easy access rear seats that offer proper seating for adults, a powerful BOSE sound system, pop-up TFT screen, automatic digital climate control with A/C, cruise control, traction control, electric windows, electric mirrors, adjustable multi-function steering wheel, DVD navigation system an automatic Xenon lights.
Within the boot, we find a set of rubber mats, tool kit and Alpine amplifier (which looks to be related to the additional purple earth cables on the HKS mast adjacent to the battery – see images).
The car presents well for its 18 years and 128,347miles/Km – it’s unclear if this is made up of KM and miles, following conversion of the speedo to Mph from Kph or if its entirely in Km – there is nothing to confirm (the MOTs refer to both miles and Km randomly). There are a few marks as pictured, some minor corrosion coming through on the driver’s door bottom edge and some evidence of previous paint correction to the OSF wing and driver’s door but generally the car presents well and looks very sharp – certainly a pretty Coupe and very slick.
The history file includes the V5C revealing six former keepers, a selection of invoices for parts and regular annual service work between 2010-2016 including fitment of Cobra hi-flow Cats, Toyo Y-pipe, Japspeed lightweight pulley and Scorpion back box in 2015 totalling £1,648, £750 spent on the OEM Skyline wheels in 2014 plus three old MOT certificates and spare key. The current MOT is valid until December 2022 recording no advisories.
Ready to be enjoyed this is a rare car on these shores and if you fancied a 350Z but need the added benefit of rear seats then this could be the option for you, great noise, slick looks and exciting performance and of course, that legendary name on the back – Skyline.
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