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R33 Nissan Skyline GTR

Ride & Handling

The R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R is not only bigger than the R32, but also about 100 lbs. (50 kg) heavier, which does generally not really help agility. The more weight, the more you have to move - in any respect. Since the engine has not been improved that much, except for higher peak-torque, it is no surprise that the R33 GT-R makes the sprint from 0-60 mph in "only" 4.9 seconds, two tenths of a second slower than the R32 GT-R. The clutch is all sporty, though and requires a firm push. The shifter works very precisely, as does the steering.

It seems the Skyline has become more luxurious with the R33. The longer wheelbase and softer suspension setup - the ride is still quite firm - make the R33 more every-day useable than the other GT-R's. On the other hand, a setup like this makes the car less agile. It does not feel as stuck to the road anymore as its predecessor did, despite its aerodynamic advantage. Furthermore, the large 17-inch wheels tend to tramline. You feel any bump in the road moving the car around and one gets the feeling of a lack of control in its behavior. After all, the R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R is just not as confidence inspiring and agile as the other versions.

Verdict

First of all, it has to be noted that there are only minor differences between the newer GT-R versions. Even despite the mentioned active deficits over the R32 and R34 GTR, the R33 remains a superbly balanced and very potent car with a very good steering and excellent brakes, as well as a good suspension setup. What it loses in active ability to its brothers, it makes up in the useability part. The softer suspension and the superior space make the R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R very every-day livable, so if you look for the best daily commuter among the GT-R's or generally a practical super-sportscar, this is your buy. And the best looking among the Skylines it is (arguably), as well.

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