The iconic Nissan Skyline GT-R of the 1990s was never fully redesigned in its 13-year life, but Nissan did slowly evolve the car with subtle changes. That's mainly due to the fact that the first car in this lineage, the R32 GT-R, was developed at the tail end of Japan's bubble economy and debuted amid a lengthy global recession. But Nissan didn't need to change much over the R32, R33, and R34 GT-R's life, because the R32 got a lot correct, right out of the box.
Shown above is a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür.
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Reddit user k31advice96 just posted a really great in-depth explanation of of Nissan's turbocharged beast. It's a nerdy deep dive, but it's well worth your time if you've ever been curious about the breakdown between these three generations of Godzilla.
The biggest leap forward was between the R32 GT-R, which debuted in 1989, and the R33, which debuted in early 1995. For the R33, Nissan put a lot of effort towards reducing front-end lift, improving weight distribution and body rigidity, and making the car's handling friendlier at the absolute limit. All of that must have helped because the R33 GT-R was over 20 seconds faster at the Nurburgring than its predecessor.
Nissan had more ambitious plans for the R34 GT-R, including an all-new alloy-block V6, but a serious lack of funding at the automaker forced Nissan to make due with more limited improvements. Still, the R34 had even better aerodynamics than the R33, an upgraded gearbox, and a number of other chassis improvements.
For a much more thorough breakdown of the changes that define the R32, R33 and R34, head to Reddit to read .