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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Buyers Guide: 1995 to 1997 : BCNR33

USA and California legal MotoRex R33 GT-R. 
The R33 GT-R debuted in 1995, and is probably the most popular body style in the US. Well at least it was back in 1998 until the R34 debuted for 1999. 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 I 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.  The R33 uses chassis code BCNR. 

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


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Early R33 with 97 up headlights and Nismo Wheels
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. 

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

GT-R Magazine Registrations
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

R33 air inlet to the stock airbox.
Engine and Transmission

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)


Turbos


Missing ceramic exhaust wheel


The turbos on the R33 are the same/similar to the ones fitted to the R32 GT-R. That means ceramic exhaust wheels, and fragile at high boost or if you knock on the engine. 


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 R33/R34 GT-R
R33/R34 A-LSD rear differential components

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.

R33/R34 A-LSD circuit diagram


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

Steering wheel
R33 early steering wheel. 1995. Looks like a pillow

1996 up R33 Steering wheel shape. Looks much better than the pillow



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
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


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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