This Is The Nissan GT-R Vs. R34 Skyline GT-R Showdown You Dreamed About

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The R35 Nissan GT-R is only one generation after the R34 Skyline GT-R, but there really couldn’t have been a more different car to wear the GT-R badge.


The R35 GT-R is a wonder of mechanical superlatives: blistering acceleration, brutally quick shifts. Those are the result of a vast system of electronics and computer systems.

The R34, down on power (before it gets inevitably tuned to quadruple-digit power levels) and with three pedals instead of two, fulfills a different part of the car enthusiast psyche that doesn’t always call for speed. You know, the one that yearns for driver engagement and feedback.

After some seat time in an R34, Auto Express’s James Disdale proclaimed, “I think I want one of these.”

Yeah, you and everyone else.

Which one is really the better car?

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Rusty Shackleford

I do not need to watch this. There is no question that the R35 is better is every measurable category, and maybe in driving pleasure as well (I wouldn’t know, I have never driven one). That being said, the R34 is one of 5 cars I credit for making a me a car freak, the others being the Volvo 240 wagon, a Lagun Green E30 coupe, the BMW Z8, and the GT40. Plus, I get erect every time I see this. Caution, NSFW.