Nissan Skyline R34 vs Nissan GT-R video track battle

Two Japanese superstars take to the tarmac in our latest video track battle

The Nissan GT-R is one of our favourite road-going racers - a technological masterpiece that can give supercars a run for their money. It's been on sale for seven years, but the Japanese manufacturer continues to make minor updates to keep the car fresh and as always, brutally fast.

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It almost seems cruel, then, to put it up against a 16-year-old car with just about half the horsepower. But that's what we did in this battle, putting the GT-R against its predecessor, a 1999 Nissan Skyline R34.

The Nissan Skyline R34 boasts just 276bhp next to the GT-R's 543bhp, and a further 16 years of innovation by the computer wizards at Nissan has left the older car looking rather archaic next to its high-tech successor.

Even a 200kg weight advantage can't help the Skyline R34 and it posts a 49.7 second lap time against the GT-R's 45.7 seconds.

But how do the cars fare when it comes to driving dynamics - arguably more important than outright speed? Watch the video to find out.

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