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2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Year 2000
Make Nissan
Model Skyline GT-R R34
Engine Location Front
Drive Type AWD
Weight 3672 lbs | 1665.6 kg

Performance
0-60 mph 5.2 seconds.
1/4 Mile 13.7 seconds.
Top Speed 155 mph | 249.4 km/h Similar top speeds

Engine
Engine Configuration I
Cylinders 6
Aspiration/Induction Twin-turbocharged
Displacement 2568.00 cc | 156.7 cu in. | 2.6 L.
Horsepower 276.00 BHP (203.1 KW) @ 6800.00 RPM
Torque 216.00 Ft-Lbs (292.9 NM) @ 4400.00 RPM
HP to Weight Ratio 13.3 LB / HP (Vehicles with similar ratio)
HP / Liter 106.2 BHP / Liter
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Transmission Information
Gears 6
Transmission Manual

Dimensions
Exterior
Length 181.101 in | 4600 mm.
Width 70.301 in | 1785.6 mm.
Height 53.501 in | 1358.9 mm.

Tires / Wheels
Tires 245/40 WR18

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  • About The Nissan Skyline!

    A watershed year for the Japanese car industry: 1989. In the space of just 12 months, more than half a dozen hit products landed on showroom floors. These included the Lexus LS 400, Mazda MX-5, Nissan 300ZX and the Toyota MR2 coupe.

    But one car, above all others, had worldwide performance enthusiasts buzzing with excitement. That car was the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. It was such a high-tech tour de force it instantly became the production car standard for cornering potential and gained global cult status without ever leaving Japan.

    That's right: The Nissan Skyline GTR was never officially exported, but interest was so high the right-hand-drive car was privately exported all over the world, including the U.S. Its twin-turbo 2.6-liter engine and state-of-the-art 4WD system had put it on the high-performance map, but the basic fact that Nissan had developed the chunky-looking coupe solely to win Japan's Touring Car Championships seemed to add to the GT-R's mystique.

    While everyone who drove the road-going car raved about its superb chassis and unbeatable handling, few were satisfied with the grunt under the hood. As U.S. and European sports cars were pushing through 400 horsepower by the late '90s, the third-generation GT-R R34 (the second-gen R33 debuted in 1995) stayed at a self-regulated 280 hp.

    Toys in the Attic
    Now this is where the story gets interesting: Nearly two years after Nissan phased out the GT-R due to stricter emissions laws, Nismo, the company's motorsports arm, has brought back the R34 for one last encore performance. Only this time, it's standing ovation material.

    Nismo chose "Z-tune" for its name. It's the last letter in the alphabet and the last word on the current-generation GT-Rs. This mind-boggling R34 is the GT-R that Nissan should have built in the first place. It is also the ideal model to whet the appetites of potential buyers for the next-generation GT-R, which will be revealed at the Tokyo auto show in 2007.

    In the same way that the original 1989 model GT-R was solely conceived to win races, the Z-tune was built as a specialized track-session car, the ultimate GT-R capable of being mercilessly thrashed for 30 minutes on a racetrack.

    The Nismo lads could not just go to a Nissan showroom and pick up new R34s for modification, so they had to find pre-owned GT-Rs. As Nismo team leader Kojun Iwata explained, "We checked out dozens of GT-Rs, looking for cars with no body damage and less than 20,000 miles on the clock. It wasn't easy." Once located, the cars were then stripped down to the body shell and transformed into road-going racers.

    Talk About the Passion
    Leaning on more than 15 years of racing experience in Japan's GT Championships, the Nismo team's inspiration for the Z-tunes came from the series-winning GT-R GT500 racecar. Launched in limited numbers in Japan several months ago, the GT-R Z-tune costs the equivalent of $160,000.

    Its twin-turbo 2.6-liter straight-six has been bored out to 2.8 liters and is packed with race engine internals borrowed from the GT500, including a pair of heavy-duty race-spec IHI turbos. The R34 now cranks out a more respectable 500 hp at 6,800 rpm and 398 pound-feet at 5,200 rpm.

    Iwata said that he could easily tweak the car to a maximum of around 630 hp, but then they'd have to worry about emissions regulations. Torque comes on strong from 2,000 rpm, explodes from 3,500-4,200 rpm and stays on tap all the way to 7,000 rpm. Its lightweight aero parts serve purely to maximize cooling efficiency to the engine and brakes.

    The Drive
    This is a true supercar experience. Drop the clutch at 5,500 rpm and you're battling nearly 1.5G as the Atessa-Pro four-wheel-drive system fights to retain grip. Jump on the perfectly balanced six-piston monoblock Brembo brakes, and you'd better be ready for nearly 2G of deceleration as the Bridgestone Potenza RE-01Rs chirp and struggle to absorb the forces. We pushed the car hard for an hour or so over t

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