Godzilla's biography: The history of the Nissan GT-R Page 2


Fourth generation, 1995-1998

The R33 generation was mostly just an evolution of the R32. It featured the same engine, but torque increased slightly to 264 pound-feet. The 0-60 mph time was down to 5.0 seconds, but the greater achievement was a 7:59 lap of the Nürburgring. A monster R400 model made 395 horsepower thanks to bigger turbos and increased displacement to 2.8 liters. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds flat. Launched in 1997, only 44 R400s were built. For most customers, the V.Spec model was the sportier choice, with firmer suspension, a lower ride height, and an active limited-slip rear differential. The R33 race cars earned the Godzilla nickname in Australia for their dominance over the Ford and Holden V-8s. That would soon spread to the production car.

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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Fifth generation, 1999-2002

The R34-generation of the GT-R benefitted from the racing and testing done for the two previous generations. It still made 276 horsepower, but turbo lag was reduced, it had more torque, and a new Getrag 6-speed manual replaced the 5-speed. The body was also stiffer, the aerodynamics were improved, and several weight-saving measures were employed, including the use of a carbon fiber rear diffuser. The car was also shorter, as was the front overhang. An R34 GT-R has been featured in several of the "Fast and Furious" movies, giving U.S. car enthusiasts a taste for unobtainable Japanese performance cars.

2009 Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R

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2009 Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R

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2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 Nissan GT-R

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Sixth generation, 2008 to present

The first GT-R to be offered in the United States, the R35, dropped the Skyline name. It arrived in Japan in December 2007 and in the United States in July 2008 with a starting price just under $78,000. The new engine was a twin-turbocharged VR38DETT 3.8-liter V-6 spinning out 480 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The Hicas all-wheel steering system was gone, and so was the 6-speed manual, replaced by a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The multifunction display was created by the same programmers who did the "Grand Turismo" video game. Performance was much improved, and it has improved steadily since the R35’s release. The base car now makes 565 horsepower and the Nismo model churns out 600 horses. The top speed is now 193 mph, and 0 to 60 is as quick as 3.2 seconds, though the pricetag is now as high as $176,685 for a 2017 GT-R Nismo.


 
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