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1995 to 1998 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Buyers Guide

Sean Morris Posted on July 17, 2018

USA Legal Motorex Nissan Skyline GT-R R33

USA Legal R33 GT-R. This is a bond release car imported by MotoRex and sold by importavehicle.com

The R33 GT-R debuted in 1995, and is probably the most popular body style in the US. In January of 2020, the first GT-R turn 25 years old, and will be FMVSS exempt, legal to import to the USA.   It's a larger, heavier car than the R32. The biggest GT-R, it is a bit of an odd one out. It is reported to be the first production car to run under 8 minutes at the Nurburgring, but we honestly do not believe that claim. The car they ran had modifications in order to run that number. No matter the claim, no independent testing even got close. Add a tire, an exhaust, and an oil cooler, with the right driver its possible, but box stock, not likely. 

The R32 and R34 use chassis code BNR(BNR32, BNR34).  The R33 uses chassis code BCNR(BCNR33). 


First off familiarize yourself with some Skyline GT-R Basics


RB26DETT Myths and Truths   | Advanced Notes | importavehicle.com Buy-R.com | Maintenance Requirements for RB26DETT/R32 | R32 GT-R Service Manual in English | Setting Ignition Timing

 

Super Hicas | ATTESA | Air Conditioning | Non GT-R Skylines


 

Several USA legal R33 GT-R Imported from Japan by MotoRex  
USA legal Japanese Imports - Nissan Skyline GT-R R33

From 1995-1998 there were 16,674 R33 GT-R's produced. About 1/3 the number of R32's.  There are three distinct versions of the R33. The Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3.   Series 1 are 1995. Series 2 are 1996. Series 3 are 1997-1998. 

 

The R33's RB26 had a few changes from the R32 engine, but overall near the same. It ran a little more boost. You would see about 11-12 psi peak.  They are still rated at 280 ps or 276 hp, but we all know this to not be quite accurate. 

 

 

   
Series 1   Production
  Normal 5050
  Vspec 4095
Series 2    
  Normal 2291
  Vspec 1203
Series 3    
  Normal 1958
  Vspec 1270
GT-R LM    
  Normal 86
  Vspec 102
N1   86
Autech GT-R   416
Vspec GB version   103

 

Autech R33 GT-R 4 door Nismo body kit
Autech 4 door R33 GT-R with Nismo body kit


 

GT-R Magazine Registrations by year

1995- 8446

1996- 4093

1997-2708

1998 -1175

 

Last R33's, chassis number and colors

Normal     BCNR33-043740(11-9-98) QM1

Vspec       BCNR33-043743(11-9-98) KH3

Vspec N1 BCNR33-043012(2-20-98) QM1


 

Engine and Transmission

 

Nismo 400R R33

 

 

Nismo 400R R33. Only 40 cars were produced  

The R33 used a carry over version of Nissan's RB inline 6 cylinder engine powered the car. Iron block, aluminum dual overhead cam head. Sodium filled exhaust valves. Solid lifters. Six throttle bodies. Twin turbo. Oil cooled pistons. 73.7mm stroke with an 86 mm piston giving the RB26 2568cc of displacement. Short stroke, low torque, high revving. Stock most of the engines had ceramic exhaust wheels on the turbochargers, and saw about 0.8 bar of boost(500 mmHG, 11-12psi).

 

Behind the RB26DETT sat a 5 speed transmission, with internals shared with the Fairlady(300ZX). On the back of the transmission was the ATTESA transfercase, or the all wheel drive magic.


 

Fluids

Engine Oil 7.5 - 30 (10-30 for a street car, 15-50 on a track car) 4.5 liters
Oil Filter OEM 15208-60U00 , Fram PH3682 ,OEM(R34, smaller filter) 15208-9E000  
Cooling System Approximately 9 liters. Gycol or Water?  Depends where you live.  
Front Differential (F160) GL5 85-90 1 liter - (1 quart)
Transmission fluid Don't try and fill it though the gear shifter. Though the gear shifter is the transfer case GL4 75-90 4.1 liters (4.3 quarts)
Transfer Case Nissan Automatic Fluid Type D 1.8 liters (1.9 quarts)
Rear Differential(R200) LSD GL5 80-90 1.5 liter(1.5 quarts)

 Transmission Fill

 


 

Car

R32 GT-R (early)

R33 GT-R (normal)

R34 GT-R (normal)

R35 GT-R (early)

Length

4545 mm (178.9 in)

4675 mm (184.1 in)

4600 mm (181.1 in)

4650 mm (183.1 in)

Width

1755 mm (69.1 in)

1780 mm (70.1 in)

1785 mm (70.3)

1900 mm (74.9 in)

Height

1340 mm (52.8 in)

1360 mm (53.5 in)

1360 mm (53.5 in)

1370 mm (54 in)

Weight

1480 kg (3265 lbs)

1530 kg (3373 lbs)

1540 kg (3395 lbs)

1737 kg (3829 lbs)

Wheelbase

2615 mm (103 in)

2720 mm (107.1 in)

2665 mm(104.9 in)

2780 mm (109.4 in)

Front track

1480 mm (58.3 in)

1480 mm (58.3 in)

1480 mm (58.3 in)

1590 mm (62.9 in)

Rear track

1480 mm (58.3 in)

1480 mm (58.3 in)

1490 mm (58.7 in)

1600 mm (63 in)

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Vspec vs Normal GT-R R33 GT-R

Vspec Rear differential
Vspec rear differential. This is for an R34 GT-R. 3.54 gear ratio
Vspec or victory specification debuted in the R32 GT-R in 1993, and ran through 1994.  The Vspec II debuted in 1994. In the R32 that meant Brembo brakes, 17 inch wheels, stiffer suspension, some ATTESA reprogramming. Other than those parts, the engine, transmission were all the same. No power advantages, all braking and handling advantages.   In the R33, Nissan introduced an active rear differential (A-LSD) in the Vspec versions of the R33 GT-R.  This active rear differential works by locking the rear differential upon throttle application. If your foot is off throttle, the differential is open, making turning a little easier. As you start to put the power down, the differentially progressively locks.  We have seen some people say that the Vspec can vector torque, which it can not. It is just a lockup.



Along with the rear differential upgrade, the Vspec got ATTESA Pro, stiffer suspension. No power or braking upgrades on the R33 GT-R.  All the R33 GT-R got Brembo brakes front and rear.

 


 

Interior Differences

We like the 1996 interior better than the 1995 interior. Mostly due to the design of the steering wheel. The 1997 up cars got red accents vs the purple/blue accents. 

Steering wheel

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Steering Wheel

1995 R33 Steering Wheel - Early

 

 

1996 Up R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Steering Wheel

1996 up R33 GT-R Steering Wheel - Late

 


 

First Date of Production

  • 1st model 1-6-1995
  • Vspec 1-6-1995
  • 2nd model 1-22-1996
  • LM Limited5-21-1996
  • 3rd model 2-3-1997
  • Autech 40th Anniversary12-8-1997
  • Last regular R33 - BCNR33-043740 (QM1 ) 11-9-1998
  • Last Vspec R33 - BCNR33-043743 (KH3) 11-9-1998
  • Last Vspec R33 N1- BCNR33-043012 (QM1) 2-20-1998

  

Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 prices when new

 1-6-95

  • GT-R    4,7850,000 yen
  • Vspec   5,290,000  yen
  • N1        5,990,000 yen 

 1-22-96

  • GT-R    4,825,000 yen
  • Vspec   5,330,000  yen
  • N1        5,990,000 yen 

 5-21-96

  • LM Limited    4,998,000 yen
  • Vspec LM Limited   5,503,000  yen

 2-3-97

  • GT-R        4,885,000 yen
  • Vspec       5,390,000 yen
  • N1            5,998,000 yen

12-8-97  

  • 4 door Sedan  4,985,000 yen

  

Colors and Paint Codes

BCNR33

#AN0 - Super Clear Red

#BN6 - Deep Marine Blue

#KH3 - Black

#KL0 - Spark Silver

#KN6 - Dark Grey Pearl

#LP2 - Midnight Purple

#QM1 - White

#BT2 - Champion Blue (Le Mans)

#KP4 - Sonic Silver

#AR1 - Super Clear Red II

Total built by color at GT-R Registry

QM1 R33 GT-R

QM1 - White R33 GT-R

 


 

Suspension and Alignment settings for Nissan Skyline GT-R. R32, R33, and R34. 


R32 GT-R Specifications and Production Information

R33 GT-R Specifications and Production Information

R34 GT-R Specifications and Production Information

RB26DETT Information

ATTESA Information

 

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