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Here's why the Nissan Skyline GT-R is not as good as you think

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According to a lot of people, the Nissan Skyline GT-R, more specifically the R34, has been regarded as one of the best sports cars from the 1990s beating out almost everything. Now, there isn't anything inherently bad about the Skyline GT-R but it isn't as good as say, a BMW M3.

The GT-R was introduced in January 1999 for the R34 generation and was quickly put against rivals such as the Honda NSX, Toyota Supra, Subaru Impreza and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The Skyline range was never officially sold outside of Japan but many Skyline's and GT-R's ended up outside of Japan, with a lot ending up in the UK. The GT-R was also a prominent car to feature in the Gran Turismo franchise on the PlayStation 1 and 2, with the car being a go-to car in any modern racing game.

The GT-R has also achieved a cult status as being the best JDM car ever made and appearing in a number of media which includes video games, movies, comics, TV shows and on the internet.

Despite it's media attention and love by spotty teenagers, the Skyline GT-R wasn't that good as a car. Being a Nissan Skyline, it started off in like as a humble family saloon which was mediocre at best. It did nothing wrong but at the same time, nothing significant. It was just another car. Think of the Skyline as Japan's BMW 3-Series. A fine car but only gets interesting when you give it a kick.

A range of R34 Skyline models that are not GT-R's (Images originally from Nissan)

The Skyline was and always has been a humble, family saloon which has never been interesting to most people and that's because it isn't. The Skyline has never been that interesting to look at, it's not that comfortable and the interior is just forgettable. If it were a food product, it would be a bowl of cereal with just milk.

The GT-R follows the same principle as the Skyline but looses a set of doors, gains some power and a massive wing. Power wise, the GT-R used a series of cheat codes to rise to the top thanks to an AWD system, a power output of a quoted 276bhp but third-parties have got stock GT-R's to 330bhp. This was impressive for the late 90s but, the AWD system allowed it to punch up to the likes of the Ferrari 360 and Porsche 911 Turbo rather than the cars it was supposed to rival.

It didn't help that the GT-R was taken by a number of tuning companies in Japan, such as NISMO to exploit the car even further to get stupid horsepowers numbers in order to rival other tuning firms and their Supra's. The Supra is another car which is incredibly overrated.

So compared to the E46 M3 which was introduced in 2000, it launched with similar performance numbers to the R34 GT-R but with RWD and honestly, in my eyes the BMW is more desirable than the glorified Datsun. The M3 looks better, is more fun to drive, has a nicer interior, cheaper to maintain and at the end of the day, it doesn't make you look like a try-hard fanboy like a GT-R would.

Now, the R35 GT-R is a far different story, but that's for another time.

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