Based on the seventh-generation Nissan Skyline R31 (released in 1985), this Tommykaira M30 was the maker’s first tuner car based on a Japanese automobile. The standard R31 came with an in-line 6-cylinder, dual overhead cam, 24-valve, turbocharged Model RB20DET GTS engine and generated 177hp and 167 lb-ft of torque.
The limited-edition GTS-R, which came out in August 1987, raised these numbers to 207hp and 181 Ib-ft of torque. The Tommykaira M30 however, uses a 3.0-liter Model RB30DE engine to generate a respectable 237 hp at maximum output.
The M30 personifies the basic philosophy behind all Tommy Kaira creations: to bring out the base car’s full potential and create a “fun to drive” car that faithfully obeys the driver’s every command. In keeping with this philosophy, Tommykaira gave the M30 R31 a front engine/rear-wheel drive layout, and naturally-aspirated engine, for the response that is more faithful to the driver’s intentions.
The chassis has just the right handling ability for the tuned engine, and other upgrades have perfect overall balance. The Tommykaira M30 Introduced Japan to the previously little-known idea of the tuner car, and in this respect can be considered a trend-setting machine in its own right.