2017 Nissan GT-R Rediscovers Its Heritage in the R34 Skyline
Nissan graciously decided to give the R35 generation GT-R one last update before going back to the drawing board, and a rather substantial one at that. More power, more comfort, more refinement—this last refresh brings a whole lot of more. James Disdale of Auto Express, decided to see if all that more adds up to better when compared to the significantly more spartan R34 Nissan GT-R. When comparing the two cars by their respective numbers, the winner here is obviously the R35 GT-R. The 2017 model has gained some extra juice, now using 565 horsepower (a 20-horsepower improvement over the 2016 model), and 467 lb-ft of torque to pin you back in your seat when you stomp on the skinny pedal. The added power comes from turbos that now make more boost, and each cylinder using individual timing control. Neat! Nissan also added a new titanium exhaust and employed the use of Active Sound Enhancement to make the aural experience more enjoyable, which is something the R35 definitely needed help with. RELATED: See More of the All-Powerful 2017 Nissan GT-R
With these new performance improvements in place, as well as the improvements to the cabin, the Nissan GT-R is a more attractive choice than ever. But there's still the lingering question of whether more power, comfort, and technology make the newest GT-R more enjoyable than the R34 GT-R.
The older car may have a cramped cabin, and put up middling performance figures (in stock form anyway). However, that doesn't mean that it isn't as good as the new one. There's no annoying ESC to interfere with your desire to hoon, which Disdale does, repeatedly, and then there's the whole purity argument to consider.
Ultimately it boils down to this: if you really want to master the art of driving at GT-R—and it is an art—than the R34 is your car. If you want to feel like you've mastered the art of driving a GT-R, then it'll be the R35 all day long. Either way, you win, because you're driving a GT-R.
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