In January 1999, roughly six months after the release of the tenth-generation R34 Skyline on May 25, 1998, the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R was added to the lineup. Three inches shorter than the preceding R33 GT-R and with an inch smaller front overhang, the R34 coupe body features comprehensive upgrades to improve rigidity.
With an obvious strong dedication to driving performance, Nissan began its aerodynamic work not by simply striving to reduce the coefficient of drag, but rather by approaching the essence of automotive aerodynamics: ideal cooling performance and downforce.
The R34 GT-R houses the Model RB26DETT, the same 2.6-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged powerplant used since the R32, but with major improvements designed to enhance performance. Maximum output is unchanged at 276hp, but maximum torque has notably been raised to 290 Ib-ft.
As this increase in torque has a direct impact on acceleration performance, the R34 GT-R naturally outperforms its GT-R predecessor in acceleration. But acceleration isn’t the only performance aspect that hat been boosted. Major improvements in chassis performance remedy understeer (a problem with the R32) and front heaviness (murmured about by R33 drivers).
The R34 GT-R’s dual-wing rear spoiler, featuring a fixed main wing and an adjustable wing, is a visually striking exterior feature. The even sportier V-Spec version is the world’s first production car to come equipped with an all-carbon rear diffuser, which assures greater
The R34 GT-R’s dual-wing rear spoiler, featuring a fixed main wing and an adjustable wing, is a visually striking exterior feature. The even sportier V-Spec version is the world’s first production car to come equipped with an all-carbon rear diffuser, which generates greater downforce, and features many other upgrades: an active limited slip differential being one, which helps make the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R an ultimate driving machine.