In the Japanese press at the time of the R34 GT-R's launch, the praise was almost universally in favor of the R34 over the R33... in fact so much that to this day, people still think the R34 is a better car.
Mind you, technology-wise, the R34 SHOULD have been a better car. Then again, the chassis and the engine were essentially the same. And yes of course there are things in the car that make R32 and R33 owners envious, most obviously the MFD (multi-function display) and the revised seats. Then there are the Gundam/Robot/sharply creased looks, which people (I am guessing mostly juveniles, or juveniles at heart? LOL) prefer over the prior two generations. Not sure if the looks of the R34 have aged as well as the R33 or R32 though.
And I would be the first to admit that body rigidity-wise, a stock r34 will be better than a stock r33.
So it was nice to stumble across this English language article which, for whatever reason, did not have the writer drinking the R34 Kool-Aid.
Enjoy, here it is: Chris Harris on the R34 GT-R
The comments from readers are interesting as well.
I'd also love to hear your comments on this...