Welcome to wheels, Anil and thank you for showing us your awesome R34 GT-R V-Spec! Tell us how you came across this mighty Nissan, which of course was made famous thanks to the Gran Turismo PlayStation game and The Fast And Furious franchise?
Firstly, a big thank you to wheels for giving me the chance to feature my GT-R.
I grew up loving Skylines as they were famous from back in those days and so it was a dream of mine to someday own one. I searched a lot for a clean R34 GT-R and even went to Oman twice to see some and finally saw an advert on social media and managed to negotiate a decent price and picked it up straight away. This car has been mine now for four years.
Did you consider getting any other cars or was your mind set on a R34?
Well, I had already owned several sportscars including the R33 GT-R V-Spec, Toyota Supra MKIV, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 and also two Chevrolet Corvette C6s but the R34 was missing and so I ruled everything else I had in my mind out of contention!
These V-Spec variants were offered with a number of upgrades over the standard R34 and benefited from an active limited-slip differential, a firmer suspension and lower ground clearance — how thrilling is this fifth-gen sportscar to drive?
I can’t even express the feeling — it’s just awesome and mine actually has the NUR Spec engine so it is even more thrilling to drive. The legendary inline-six twin-turbo motor has around 425 horses — but due to a gentleman’s agreement the car was advertised to make around 276 horses in Japan.
That’s right and in 2004 former Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Itaru Koeda helped put an end to that agreement and horsepower figures have been climbing since. How often do you drive it?
In the four years I have owned this car there has not been a single day where I have not driven it! Almost every time I drive it I see people giving me the thumbs up, or taking pictures and asking if I wanted to sell.
Enthusiasts and people who know about the GT-R aka ‘Godzilla’ just have that wow look on their faces when they see my R34. My friends love it but my mum says it is too fast and that I should sell it!
I love going for long drives on weekends and though I took it to the track once and was very impressed by its grip thanks to the all-wheel drive, I prefer just cruising around on the streets more than anything else.
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Even the local constabulary have been known to be complementary about it, right?
Yes that is true — there was one incident where an officer pulled me over and asked to see my registration card. After checking the car was mine he let me go but not before enquiring whether or not it was for sale!
There is lots to love about this GT-R but the best thing must be that it is a manual; how fun is rowing the six-speed gearbox?
It makes the car come alive. The Getrag six-speed transmission is a really robust unit.
In the time I have owned my car it hasn’t given me any issues at all, maintaining it hasn’t been too tricky either and I’ve been importing parts such as special Nismo oil and air filters which are required for this engine while other little things have been sourced locally without too much hassle.
That’s great. What’s the best car you have ever driven or had a ride in?
A friend of mine had a Ford Mustang 5.0 which he’d customized for drag racing but which he also drove on a daily basis and I remember my legs feeling like jelly after he’d taken me for a ride in that beast!
That must have been crazy fast! Final question, what is your dream car?
The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.
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