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R33 Nissan Skyline GTR

Interior

The interior is less sporty than the exterior, with bland looking materials and shapes. The central extra gauges for oil-temperature and torque distribution etc. and the bucket seats partly make up for it, but in general the R33 rather reminds you of a normal coupe than a pure sports car - it even has airbags now.

In addition, the R33 is the spaciest of the GT-R's, a fact that especially taller driver's will appreciate. There is more leg-room than on the R32 and trunk-space has grown, as well.

Technology

Engine & Transmission

The R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R retains the RB26DETT engine of the R32 GT-R. The power remains unchanged at an official 280 hp at 6,800rpm, although inofficially it is assumed to be over 300 hp. Increased peak turbo-boost of 0.84bar, an improved intercooler, and altered computer control parameters make for a higher torque of 264 lb-ft (358 Nm) at 4,400 rpm. As usual, power is deployed via the 5-speed Getrag gearbox and ATTESA-ETS to all four wheels.

Suspension

The rear-suspension's travel is increased and the suspension anchor points have been stiffened all around. Cornering is further improved by Super HICAS which now also features front and rear yaw rate control.

Brakes

All versions feature the Brembo brakes already known from the R32 GT-R V-Spec.

Aerodynamics

The stiff one-piece rear-wing of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R has been dropped in favor of a dual-piece one on the R33. The new wing is adjustable in four different angles (0, 6, 12, and 18) which equal four levels of downforce. Additionally, aerodynamic efficiency has been improved to a regular Cd figure of 0.35, which decreases to 0.39 with the rear wing at an angle of 18.

V-Spec Version

The R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec gets the Pro version of ATTESA-ETS with revised torque proportioning, a stiffer and 10mm lower suspension, and other mechanical changes.

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