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Car Review, Figures and Specs for the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR - [1999]

1998 - 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GT R


5th Generation Skyline



Relatively unknown in the western world until films like "2 Fast 2 Furious", the Skyline was in its 5th evolution by the time it was known as the R34. With 4 wheel drive and 4 wheel steering this Skyline variant is rightly renowned for its grip. Aswell as the AWD format, the R34 GT R shares forced induction traits with the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo. However the GT-R uses sequential twin turbochargers rather than a single one and the engine capacity is increased to 2.6 litre. The straight 6 cylinder (RB26DETT), DOHC block produces around 330bhp although published figures when new were a very conservative 280bhp.

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Stiff, Spoilt, Diffused


Lots of improvements were made upon earlier Skylines, these included a stiffer body shell, carbon fibre under body diffusers, shorter wheelbase and the now typical huge rear spoiler. This enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the car and helps put the huge torque firmly on the tarmac.


Too much grip?

The Skyline R34 GT-R performance statistics are blistering, a reported 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and top speed of 156 mph. In contrast to these exciting figures some criticism has been made to the lack of expected excitement when it comes to driving enjoyment. The immense grip and technology packed steering and power delivery have disappointed many by dumbing down the experience somewhat by making it difficult to get the rear wheels to step out amongst other criticism.

Japanese Muscle Car


As with many muscle cars, the overall appeal of the R34 GT-R is not sat with the handling but more that fact that this is is a hugely powerful piece of classic Japanese muscle. The Toyota Supra with which the R34 shares a lot of commonality with is unashamedly sports car styled, whilst the 2 door more rectangular lines of the Skyline GT-R make it far more mean and moody.


Summary


Positive  Huge Grip, Huge Power and Performance, Huge Technology, Japanese muscle car image and looks, Reliable

Negatives  Handling can be too predictable even when pushed hard, Still pricey, Surprisingly expensive to tune.


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