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Car pictures of the week

Jordan Katsianis
19 Jan 2018

The Nissan Skyline GT-R has acquired a cult following via digital means, but does the R34 live up to it in the analogue?

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Few cars have gathered a cult following quite like the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Star of the small screen in racing games like Gran Turismo, and the big in films like the Fast and the Furious, the GT-R’s rarity in the UK and stories of its legendary performance seem to resonate with car fans partial to Japanese cars or not. It was fitting then that we feature such an icon in this week’s gallery, reciting the neon glow of its Japanese homeland, but in a slightly more British context.

On first acquaintance the GT-R’s multitude of iconic design cues dominate. Obvious changes over more demure Skyline variants are focused on a bi-plane rear wing and blocky front air-intakes, but look closer and you’ll note wide arches, a rear diffuser and those delicate forged alloy wheels. Restrained in a contemporary context perhaps, the drivetrain is anything but, pairing a complex all-wheel drive system to the bulletproof RB26 2.6-litre twin turbo straight-six engine. 

> Click here for our feature on a man and his many Nissan GT-Rs

Rated at 276bhp in its native Japan, that number was a result of the power cap that was spread across all Japanese marques at the time. In reality, the GT-R’s figure was well over three hundred and formed a perfect platform for the inevitable tuning culture that helped make the GT-R such an icon. 

The car you see in these images is one of 80 V-spec cars sold in the UK, and one of the few kept entirely standard. In a contemporary context, the GT-R’s pace is merely brisk rather than earth shattering, but is underpinned by reassuringly heavy control weights common in high performance Japanese cars of the era. The experience isn’t based on pure speed though, rather the absurd ease of which the GT-R can maintain it regardless of condition, location or driver.

As a cultural icon though, few cars hold as much weight with the apparently car-hating millennial crowd as the R34 Skyline GT-R. Looking somewhat out of place at the British seaside, this is just as much a part of performance car history as any Ferrari or Aston Martin. Thankfully the driving experience didn’t leave us wondering why. 

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Below are also some of favourite our evo car pictures of the week from 2017. Click on the image for the full gallery.

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