In 1999, Nissan released the next generation GT-R, the R34. While Nissan had increased the length of the previous
generation R33, the R34 was decreased by 7.5cm. The R34 GT-R is the most aggressive-looking to date and has been
hailed as "The Real Supercar" by Road & Track.
As with the R32 and R33, the R34 keeps the RB26DETT as its powerhouse. Power is rated as 280hp @ 6800rpm, yet has
shown to be closer to the 320hp range. The RB26DETT received new camshafts for improved valve timing and a new
stainless steel exhaust system with reduced backpressure. Smaller twin ceramic intercooled turbochargers, with
variable boost timing, enhances spool-up time and minimizes friction while smoothing and quieting the engine.
The R34 GT-R drivetrain continues the utilization of the ATESSA-ETS system, while upgrading to the ATESSA-ETS Pro
for the V-Spec versions. The gearbox is upgraded to a 6sp vs. that of the R33's 5sp. The 6sp Getrag is a short-throw
unit, with well-defined gates and featuring close ratio gearing for the first five gears. As with the R33, the rear
utilizes a Limited Slip Differential. The body structure is 50% more stiff than the predecessors features a
multilink setup in the rear with a MacPherson strut setup in the front (with an additional link). The V-Spec
model uses a stiffer suspension setup than the standard GT-R. The Super HICAS system is still utilized and sway
bars are present front and rear. The ABS braking system utilizes a Brembo setup with 4-piston 300mm vented discs
up front and 2-piston 280mm discs in the rear. Large ducts in the front spoiler are utilized to channel air to the
front brakes while the front undertray draws heated air away from the brakes due to a created low-pressure area.
Bridgestone Potenza RE040 245/40/18's are utilized to help plant the car in the curves at .88G.
The R34 received a makeover including a new front fascia with lower front spoiler. V-Spec's add a front diffuser
and a carbon fibre rear diffuser to regulate airflow along the underbody, thus adding additional downforce. The
rear wing has been changed to a dual-level variant with a stiff main aerofoil and an adjustable flap allowing for
four-angle adjustments. Wheel housings were further extended to support the new tire size.
The guages used within the previous GT-R versions are replaced with a 5.8" display mounted in the dash which
allows monitoring of all system components. Data can be logged and downloaded for evaluation if required. The
R34 adds a standard passenger-side airbag system and offers optional side airbags if desired. The console also
receives upgraded aluminum inserts. The interior is spacious and remakably quiet for a sports car.