Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec 1999 

The 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec is a legend in the world of motorsports, a treasure of the Japanese automotive industry. If you are just looking for a means of transportation and not a fan of the character and history embodied by this car, then you are missing out.

Originally released as a response to the sports cars of other leading manufacturers, the GT-R R34 was introduced with a plethora of technologies that were ahead of its time. Equipped with a 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged RB26DETT engine capable of producing 280 horsepower (official figures, although they could reach significantly higher values in reality), the GT-R R34 was renowned for its capabilities and performance.

The V-Spec version (which stands for Victory Specification) included an improved ATTESA E-TS Pro all-wheel-drive system and an active suspension system that enhanced handling and stability at high speeds and in challenging turns. These cars also came with an aggressive aerodynamic body kit, which included a spoiler and diffuser to improve downforce.

The interior of the GT-R R34, while focused on functionality, offered comfort and modern amenities such as a navigation system, sports seats, and a multimedia interface, which were quite advanced for cars of that time.

The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec impresses not only with its technical specifications but also with its unique exterior design. One of the most recognizable elements is its iconic circular taillights, which became a signature feature not only of this model but of the entire Skyline GT-R series. These taillights are not only practical but also add a characteristic aggressive look to the car, making it instantly recognizable among other sports cars. It is also worth noting that the GT-R R34 was one of the first cars to feature an onboard telemetry monitoring system – the Multi-Function Display (MFD). This display, developed in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, the creators of the Gran Turismo video game, allowed drivers to track numerous parameters in real-time, including boost, engine and oil temperatures, axle loads, and much more.

This car is particularly coveted in America. All due to restrictions on importing the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 into the USA imposed by strict American vehicle safety laws and emissions standards. This car did not undergo official certification by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was necessary to meet safety and environmental requirements. As a result, Nissan did not provide cars for crash tests or adaptation to American environmental standards, making the sale and import of the GT-R R34 into the USA illegal. These stringent regulations meant that Nissan expected too low sales volume in the USA to justify the certification costs. As a result, fans of this iconic car in America could only purchase it after it reached 25 years of age, allowing them to import it as a “historic” vehicle with some exemptions from those standards.

The GT-R R34 V-Spec became iconic not only due to its presence in motorsports but also through its appearance in the popular “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, where it garnered love and admiration from car enthusiasts worldwide. Today, these cars are true collectibles, their value only increasing with each passing year.

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