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.
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.