Can the new GT-R R35 Skyline drift?

Can the new GT-R R35 Skyline drift?

The new Skyline GT-R is certainly getting a lot of attention. And why wouldn’t it? It’s the next model in the Japanese super car legend of the Nissan GTR Skyline series. It’s been 5 years since the last GTR R34 was made so there has been much anticipated wait for the new GTR Skyling R35 (or V35) and it’s finally here!

A quick look over the R35’s specs sees it just at potent as its former models. It packs a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 (named VR38DETT) churning out a healthy 480 horsepower and 430 ft-lbs of torque through it’s AWD drivetrain. The transmission behind the VR38DETT is an all-new, paddle-shifted GR6 sequential 6-speed dual clutch item located under the rear seats, just in front of the rear diff. Not your conventional gearbox set up but helps with weight distribution.

So with this monster machine packing all this horsepower, sporty/muscle design and race car technology, a drifter and Skyline fan naturally asks himself, can the new Skyline GT-R drift?

I’d like to think, YES, but the real question comes down to should it be drifted? If you speak to any hardcore GTR fan or GTR workshop, they will tell you GTR’s are for grip racing….especially in Japan.

Traditionally, GT-R’s are AWD, meaning all 4 wheels are driven by the engine. Drift cars are all usually RWD. R32 GTR’s are sometimes spotted drifting because the front wheels can be dis-engaged to make it RWD, making for easy drifting.

The new GTR, as with most 21st century super cars, comes with a lot of driver assisting computers, mostly to keep it from sliding around on the road and in firmly stuck to the road and in control. Why they do that, I don’t know (well I do actually). So, the sensors and traction control gizmos make it hard to drift 🙁

If you really wanted to drift the new GTR R35 Skyline, go ahead, nothing is impossible, with enough money. But I highly doubt you’ll see it in next years D1 Grand prix or in a drift competition ever for that matter. I say stick to the good old Skyline R32 Type M if it’s drift you’re going for.

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