Nissan Skyline GT-R R34: In-Depth History

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34: In-Depth History

Bayside V-Spec GTR on grey and white background

The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 is an iconic sports car that has captured the hearts of automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Debuting in 1999, this fifth-generation GT-R took the automotive industry by storm with its breathtaking design and superior performance capabilities. Over the years, Nissan released several variations of the GT-R R34, each fine-tuned to cater to the distinct desires of speed aficionados. These limited production runs, often spanning just a few hundred units, have elevated the GTR R34’s status from an exceptional sports car to a cherished collector’s gem.

The Skyline R34 ’99-’02

bayside blue R34 in steel structure, railings and columns behind it
Bayside Blue R34 GTR — 1 of 3 iconic color schemes associated with the Nissan Skyline
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R341999 – 20022.6L Twin-turbocharged RB26DETT276 HP / 280 PS / 206 kW6-Speed Getrag 233 ManualAWD
Approx. performance specs for the Base R34 models
red RB26DETT valve cover

The base GT-R R34 set the foundation for what would become a celebrated lineage of sports cars. Powered by a 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged RB26DETT inline-six engine, it unleashed 276 horsepower to all four wheels through Nissan’s ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel-drive system. Its aerodynamic design and advanced suspension made it a formidable competitor on both the road and the track, instantly gaining a reputation for its handling prowess and agility. 

white Nissan skyline r34 car in front of building with windows
Interestingly enough the Nissan Skyline R34 was never produced for US markets, leaving a 25 year gap in the States. However, come January 2024, it will be legal to import the fifth gen Skyline.
Source: Bring-A-Trailer

The exterior design of the Base GT-R R34 was characterized by its aggressive styling, showcasing an imposing front grille, distinctive round taillights, and a functional rear spoiler that contributed to its aerodynamic efficiency. The car’s chassis and suspension were engineered to provide exceptional handling and cornering capabilities, making it equally comfortable on the streets and the racetrack.

Nissan Skyline r34 interior steering wheel and operating pedals

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