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Dec 31, 2017

Nissan Skyline GT-R Weights : Corner Weight : How much does an R32, R33, R34 GTR or Stagea 260RS Weigh?

R32 Skyline GT-R. Some weight transfer happening at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Weight. How much does something weigh?  When it comes to cars, lighter is better. The less weight a car has the easier it is to accelerate, brake, turn, and stop. As weight increases the loads on the tires increase to the point where you overwhelm, and overheat the tires.

Car weights are normally all over the board. There are "official" weights. There are gross vehicle weights, there are often numbers on the FMVSS labels in the door jam in a US certified vehicle.  However if you ever put a car on a set of scales, you may find that your numbers are nowhere close any of those numbers.   A good example is the R32/R33/R34 GTR.  In order to drive a car, you need to have fuel. You need to have fluids in the car.  Some of the numbers out there for these cars, we suspect are 100% dry of fluids.

How much does an R33 Skyline GT-R weigh?
How much does an R33 Skyline GT-R weigh?

The numbers below are more realistic, but we think that R33, and R34 are still a bit light.  The R32 had an early car, with no door bars, and a later car with door bars.  The door bars supposedly increase the weight by 50kg, or 110 lbs. Putting the 1991 up R32 at 1530 kg, 3373 lbs, or the same weight as the R33 GT-R.  The R33 is longer, wider, and taller than the R32, and uses the same drivetrain. We call bullshit.

R32 Nisssan Skyline GT-R Weight

- 08/20/'91 Minor change. Middle model

Door bars added (50kg weight increase)
Head light projector modified(H3C->H1)
Driver's air bag optional
Oil pump drive widened
Cylinder block modified (reinforced partly and lighten)
Rear caliper seal modified
Interior partly changed (from smooth black radio surround, to textured)

We have weighed a nearly all stock NISMO R32 GT-R. The NISMO according to Nissan is 30kg lighter than a standard R32 GT-R. So it should be 1450 kg or 3196 lbs.  This should be the lightest normal GT-R. No ABS, no rear wiper.

Nearly stock NISMO R32 Skyline GT-R with fuel weighs 3300 lbs.
Nearly stock NISMO R32 Skyline GT-R with fuel weighs 3300 lbs. (1496 kg)

3300 lbs On the dot. Or close to it. With the spare out of the car it lost about 35 lbs of weight. Figure 17 gallons of fuel at about 6 lbs per gallon means about 100 lbs of gasoline in the back. So the 3200 lb figure for the NISMO is most likely correct. 


Put the Bluecar on the Proform scales. I think the numbers seem a little on the light side, but I need to weigh more cars to verify.

3167 lbs (1436 kg) with the spare and subwoofer out. About 1/2 a tank of gas. I know sorry, forgot to fill it. Too lazy to drain it.

Saurus R32 GT-R on the scales. How much does this Skyline GTR weigh?

Saurus car with about 3/4 fuel and driver 3437 lbs (1558 kg)

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Weight

Midnight Purple II R34 GT-R, and Midnight Purple R33 GT-R getting ready to be weighed

Today was the day, we put a Midnight Purple R33 GT-R on the Proform scales.  The JDM R33 GT-R was just recently imported from Japan by Toprank Importers. The car is all stock with the exception of Apexi wheels, cat back exhaust, and a Nismo steering wheel.  Empty of gasoline.  Any guesses to the weight? 

Yes one of the scales was off. 

The Proform scales came back with 3336 lbs empty of fuel for the R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R. 

MotoRex R34 GT-R

R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R Weight

The R34 is a little smaller dimensionally than the R33, but it has more bracing, more attachments. All of which add weight.  Just pushing an R34 vs pushing an R32 is obvious how much more an R34 weighs.

Still a little suspect of the Proform wireless scales. However we did check all the scales by standing on them, and they all seemed to be the same within 2 lbs of a persons weight. That isn't a car weight, but its not wildly off. 

Midnight Purple II R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. 

Midnight Purple II R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R for sale at Toprank Importers
Midnight Purple II R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R at Toprank Importers going on the scales

This Midnight Purple II car is a Vspec and 99.9% stock. It had about 1/4 tank of fuel in it. On the Proform scales it weighed...

Midnight Purple II R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R for sale at Toprank Importers
The Midnight Purple II Vspec R34 GT-R weighed 3348 lbs, which we think is still light. 

R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R race car. We got it down to 2997 lbs., dry (1359 kg)

The R34 Skyline GT-R World Challenge race car, we got down to 2997 lbs., dry. However to get it there, we had carbon doors, carbon trunk skinned, glass front bumper,  rear bumper, hood, fenders, carbon clutch, carbon driveshaft, two piece rotors, stripped all the excess heat shielding out.  Titanium exhaust,

Stagea 260RS : The Nissan Skyline GT-R Wagon

This Stagea 260RS wasn't stock. It had some 18 x 10 +20 with 265/35/18 A052 on it. R34 style front bumper. Ohlins. OS88 transmission. Oil cooler. Recaro drivers seat. 

Stagea 260RS full of fuel, no driver 3723 lbs. (1688 kg)
54% of weight on the nose 46% on the rear. Its better than the R32/R33/R34 GT-R

So on the Proform scales:
  • 3167 lbs (1436 kg) R32 GT-R 1/2 tank of gas
  • 3336 lbs (1513 kg) R33 GT-R with no gas
  • 3348 lbs (1518 kg) R34 GT-R with 1/4 tank of gas
  • 3723 lbs (1688 kg) Stagea 260RS full fuel

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