Some cars leave a lot to be desired in any respect. Some others are good enough to become bang on trend for quite a while. But forgetting some legendary ones is an act of crime. They cling to your heart and stir your emotions cunningly and impeccably. And that’s more of a fact than a random subjective opinion. What’s so interesting is that the broad range of this brutish spectrum isn’t bound to just one side of the world. The Japanese Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 aroused everyone’s passion not too long after it was released. In the meantime, Dodge’s celebrated Viper had a strong hold on enthusiasts’ hearts halfway through its second generation.The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 came in 1999 and acquired the same profession of its predecessors as an ultimately top-notch performance racer. Though sharing the same powertrain with the upheld Skyline R32, the Skyline R34 received slight touches here and there to get fitter and even more robust.Rich in unparalleled characteristics and full of passion, the Viper and the skyline are always ready to scream at the top of their lungs and crush down all barriers and limits. Though any comparison seems far-off, having a little fun over the iconic figures of the auto history shouldn’t be rude. So, with all respect, let’s get into how the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 and the Dodge Viper GTS come close to each other.
The Skyline GT-R R34 Doesn’t Make Sense, And That Gets The Viper GTS Into Trouble
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 is arguably the most famous name in the history of Japanese cars. For the large part, that is owed to the marvelous RB26DETT engine that also provided power for the previous R32 and R33 models. Accompanied by a parallel twin-turbo system, the 2.6-liter inline-six engine gave the Skyline R34 an overall output of 280 HP at 6800 rpm and 293 lb-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm.
That’s, however, not entirely enough to beat the Dodge Viper GTS. Armed with a powerful 8.0-liter V10, the Viper GTS churns out 450 HP at 5,200 rpm and 490 lb-ft. of torque at 3,700 rpm. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, just like for the Asian rival. Although the figures look fabulous, they barely keep the Viper GTS ahead of the Skyline R34.
Unlike the difference in outputs, which seems like a big deal, the Viper GTS hits 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds, only 0.2 seconds earlier than Godzilla’s record. No matter how unbelievable, the Skyline R34 has over 150 ponies to catch the Viper GTS, yet it can rule over the racetrack just as confidently.
They Are Both Endowed With Exceptional Performances
Though the RB26DETT is believed to be the best Japanese engine ever made, there’s more to the Skyline R34 that makes a frantic beast out of it. The all-wheel-drive system that jacks up the Skyline R34 is privileged with LSD (limited-slip rear differential). It takes up a higher level of traction and helps the car handle the corners better and faster. So now you know why the Skyline R34 is usually the winner, even with a terrible launch.
The V10-loaded Dodge Viper GTS, on the other hand, is a high-power sports car that gets outrageously furious the moment your foot touches the accelerator gently. The steering, along with some other aspects, was upgraded for the GTS model, making its handling exceptionally great.
What Kind Of Technology Could We Expect From Two Sports Cars From The Late ’90s?
It’s a no-brainer that the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 was way ahead of its own time, and it has aged well to this day, thanks to its versatility to receive various modifications. And though it belongs to before the 2000s, we still find some of its technologies quite fascinating and helpful. In the middle of the Skyline R34’s dashboard, a multi-function display, known as MFD, does an important job of showingcasing a lot of information, including intake and exhaust temperature, boost pressure, oil temperature, and throttle position.
The rest of the Skyline R34’s interior is similar to what can be found inside a Dodge Viper GTS. There’s ample space for occupants, and the seats don’t feel cheap at all. But this bothering ‘barebonesness’ is one thing that all savage sports cars share with each other. Power door locks, power windows, and air conditioning were the few newly added stuff you could notice inside the Viper GTS.
Both of these cars made a great impact on how we define a sports car. With jaw-dropping performance, the standards for sports car manufacturers moved upwards to a great extent.