Iconic Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R Can Still Show The R35 Some Tricks

Few Japanese performance cars are more revered than the R34-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R and Autocar recently had the opportunity to drive a particularly stunning example.

As the R34 Skyline GT-R is quite an old car, this isn’t an ordinary car review and instead more of a tribute to the vehicle’s legacy and the cult following it has generated throughout the years.

Perhaps the most desirable aspect of the R34 GT-R is its engine; Nissan’s famed RB26 that also powered the R32 and R33 iterations of the Skyline. The engine displaces 2.6-liters, has six-cylinders, and is joined by a pair of turbochargers. Standard variants of the R34-gen GT-R easily delivered more than 330 hp while limited-edition variants such as the Z-Tune saw power rise to over 500 hp from an enlarged 2.8-liter engine.

Also Read: Nissan Is Now Making New Parts For R33 And R34 Skyline GT-R

Unlike most modern sports cars, the car tested is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s smooth and provides the driver with great feedback. In addition, the brake pedals and throttle pedals are all said to be very nice to use. Another awesome feature of the R34 is its digital display that shows off all the important details you could want to know about the various vehicle systems. It was unlike anything else on the market at the time.

The clip below also includes a quick drive behind the wheel of an R35-generation Nissan GT-R tuned by Litchfield.


  • Wandering_Spirit

    They were barebone sedans or hatcbacks, nimbler, smaller and with fewer features than the dinosaurs we drive today. Packed with additional, often unnecessary if not for marketing and “value-added” strategies reasons, features. They have a lot to teach because they had to be driven. They didn’t give you the illusion to be a good driver through electronics and “disabled-like” assisted functions. Newer ones, accelerate quicker, go faster, are safer. That’s about it. They do not convey the same emotions those cars did. It’s not the result of a nostalgic feeling. It’s the result of the real comparative impression i have each time i sit into one of those 1980s marvels and the “surgical room” like aseptic environment of “modern” cars. The epitome of boredom.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      …but in the 90’s, the R32, R33 and R34 were the techno kings of the era, they were anything but barebones compared with other vehicles , just like the R35 is today.,& just like the NSX while we are at it. I’m a great fan of all the GT-R’s, but the R35 is the best and by a massive margin. I remember a back to back test of the R32/33/34/35 back in 2009, Australia performance car magazine ‘Motor’ said the R35 was so good, it felt TWO generations ahead of the R34. When the R32 came out, it more technically advanced than any 911 and a Ferrari 348 was antique by comparison!

      • Wandering_Spirit

        You’re right. But what i mean is, regardless of those aspects, on which i do agree, they were much nimbler and those features they had were done to improve driveability without taking out the driver out of the equation. You still had to be good at it. The current ones not only have weights that often qualify them as SUVs of the 1980s, but they also have so much electronics that the human factor is remarkably diminished. Also the driving freedom is, especially with auto transmissions. Too much automation.

  • “powered by the company’s revered RB26 twin-turbo V6”

    Err, it’s an inline six, not a V6.

    • ksegg

      Wait I thought the RB26 was a revered V16, built by Bugatti, in Sweden. By idle Communists.

  • Bo Hanan
  • ksegg

    Isn’t the R34 technically the “last” Skyline GT-R?

    The R35 wasn’t even given the legendary Skyline name. It’s simply just Nissan GT-R.

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