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Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R reconstructed by JAPO Motorsport - like new

 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R reconstructed by JAPO Motorsport - like new
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R by JAPO Motorsport, 1280, 28.07.2010

Boasts 523 PS (385 kW / 516 hp) and 597 Nm (440 lb-ft) of torque

If you've always wanted a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R NISMO Z-tune, JAPO Motorsport is about to become your best friend.

The Essen-based tuner bought a run-of-the-mill 1999 GT-R and spent the next three and a half months tearing it apart and restoring it to "like new" condition. As part of the process, the company used original Z-tune components (front aprons, front mudguards and rear wheel housing) and silver "KY0" paint which was exclusive to the Z-tune (only 20 were made). They also added NISMO Z-tune five spoke wheels, Toyo semi-slick tires, leather / alcantara upholstery, an updated multifunctional display, and a revised speedometer which tops out at 320 km/h (199 mph).

While the exterior is completely stock, JAPO decided to spice things up in the engine compartment. They improved the twin-turbo 2.5-liter straight six engine by installing GT RS turbochargers, a new intercooler, a racing suction / chamber kit, enhanced fuel injectors, and high performance spark plugs. These tweaks enable it to produce 523 PS (385 kW / 516 hp) and 597 Nm (440 lb-ft) of torque. This compares to 332 PS (244 kW / 327 hp) and 392 Nm (289 lb-ft) of torque in the standard R34 Skyline GT-R and 500 PS (368 kW / 493 hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque in the original R34 Skyline NISMO Z-tune.

To ensure the added power is maximized to its fullest potential, JAPO also installed an HKS clutch, an ARC strut bar, and StopTech brakes.

The company declined to release the price of the restoration, but mentioned the restored GT-R (pictured) is for sale with an asking price of €89,900 ($116,960).

Source: JAPO Motorsport GmbH

JAPO Motorsport GmbH, Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R "JAPO spec"

Legends never die

The factory has shown the way: on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the company's own sports department NISMO (NISsan MOtorsports International), in 2004, the Japanese presented a special edition limited to exactly 20 vehicles of the legendary Skyline R34 GT-R, the "Z-tune". Since the production of the R34 had been stopped three years before, naturally, there were no brand-new cars of this series available at that time. NISMO 20 therefore purchased 20 used cars with low mileage which they dismantled down to their individual components and then re-assembled completely. Up to today the extremely rare Z-tune is known as the spearhead of the R34 GT-R family and was referred to as "the world's best sports car" for a long time - there are many who still do.

"New cars" built in 1999

It is no wonder that JAPO Motorsport GmbH selected this vehicle as the demo object to start a new field of activity: with the specialised restoration of Japanese super sports cars the performance specialists from Essen are opening up new markets - with used vehicles in good condition which, after extensive restoration, almost have the feel of new cars. The individual concept of each project enables the construction of absolute rarities.
Let's get back the vehicle: JAPO Motorsport bought a used Nissan R34 GT-R (constructed in 1999, chassis no. BNR34000500), took it apart down to its basic structure, followed by an extremely complex rebuilding - closely based on the legendary Z-tune model in terms of technology and appearance. The 100 percent restoration of the high performance coupés took 3.5 months, the result being truly breathtaking.

Original Z-tune

Without laying it on thick, original NISMO Z-tune components (front aprons, front mudguards and rear wheel housing) provide the skyline with impressive racing optics. NISMO also offers red rear lights. The expression "Technology made visible" could not be more fitting for anything but the ARC rear diffuser which purists are especially thrilled about due to its edges and naked metal.
Apropos naked metal: the bodywork was completely stripped of paint in the immersion bath, subsequently sealed and painted in the original silver "KY0", formerly reserved for the Z-tune.

HKS-Bi-Turbo-Power

Without exception, JAPO Motorsport refined the legendary RB26DETT straight six cylinder engine bi-turbo motor with a cylinder capacity of 2.5 litres cylinder capacity using the finest HKS components. To name but a few, two GT RS turbo chargers are now blowing into the cylinders with powerful 1.5 bar boost, sparking off a true hell fire. The intercooler, elbows, half pipe, racing suction and chamber kit, injectors, ignition plugs and cylinder head gaskets are also made by HKS. An HKS Fcon Pro standalone engine management system is responsible for the combustion process. Due to its ARC-4 inch titanium exhaust system, you will already hear the JAPO-Skyline from far. Performance measurement resulted in powerful 523 PS and 597 Nm - on the wheel!

Traction with the gearbox is enabled due to a considerably resilient HKS clutch. JAPO Motorsport treated the switch box as well as the rear axle differential with additional coolers by ARC for optimised stability.

There is no doubt about the HKS Hipermax thread chassis - it has absolute cult status among experts. It is supplemented by an ARC strut mounted between the two front strut pillars, which makes the handling of the coupé even more reliable.

Semi slicks and classy interior

Real NISMO Z-tune 9.5x18 inch five spoke wheels are rotating in the GT-R wheel housing. Once they are heated, the Toyo Proxes R888 semi slicks in 265/35R18 offer an extremely high level of grip which should however not be tested to the limits by inexperienced drivers. The serial braking system of the R34 GT-R is often scolded. However, after the installation of a stoptech brake with 355/35 millimetre discs and four-piston callipers in front as well as 355/32 millimetre discs and two-piston callipers on the rear axle, JAPOS's "new vehicle" now offers deceleration values to make the passengers' eyeballs bulge.

The interior is sporty, classy and not purist at all. JAPO Motorsport installed leather/alcantara fittings for the front and back seats, the dashboard, the centre console, door and side panels, the columns, the roof liner as well as the rim of the Sparco steering wheel. The NISMO tachometer unit is scaled up to 320 km/h, the large multifunctional display above the centre console was extensively updated and now even includes a lap timer.

By the way: the vehicle shown, the no. 1 of an edition limited to 20 pieces (just like the grand original) is for sale. For EUR 89,900, which is quite appropriate given the elaborate, new construction, the exclusive Skyline could be yours.

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Comments (28)

 otakki otakki
I thought I would never hear about the R34 again. All the used R34's should get shipped all over the world so I can have one for a bargain here in the US.
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July 31, 2010 7:20 pm
 DdW DdW
Ahh... the legendary R34 GTR Skyline. One of the best sports (and tuner) cars around. Coincidentally as I read this post, a black R34 GTR passed my house with a loud rumble... truly living up to its name as the "Godzilla".
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July 30, 2010 4:36 am
 BadMrSnake BadMrSnake
The body looks poorly done! You can definately tell the differance from a real one, but the price for it isnt to bad if the performance is there!
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July 29, 2010 6:04 pm
 Turbo92 Turbo92
look at this thing, then look at a 911 from the same year. Its going to be the same thing in 10 years from now with the new GTR vs 911. Nissan will always just be a Nissan and a porsche will always be a Porsche.
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July 29, 2010 4:06 pm
 SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
nice sports car is this
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July 29, 2010 12:04 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
[It's a 2.6 engine. The single-turbo Skyline GT-ST was a 2.5] I admire their spirit, but while I'd rather have this than an R35 (which I love), really, I'd prefer a genuine NISMO Z2. I know there were only 20, and I know it's 20-odd horsepower down on this, but it's more special. It's the mother of all GT-Rs, not to mention my dream car. Besides, if they were really being accurate, they'd have used a second-hand V-Spec II. Maybe that's just pedantic...
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July 29, 2010 11:56 am
 fred123456 fred123456
LOVE THIS CAR... But what is this new PS and what does it mean??
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July 29, 2010 11:49 am
 Wallada Wallada
Wait what? 2.5L??? In a GTR?
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July 29, 2010 9:54 am
 GRAVE GRAVE
The Legeng revived, I love the R34, great job JAPO, hope you do the same thing with a Supra, when this R34 and Supra get tuned to 750 hp it's impossible for most super cars to beat them
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July 29, 2010 9:46 am
 Douglas6250 Douglas6250
The real Nismo Z Tune car though, is amazing as it manages to impress everyone and clocked 1:01 on Tsukuba on Street tyres, not the semi slicks on this one, so I hope this JAPO one would handle as well as the Nismo car.
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July 29, 2010 9:14 am
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
I would still take the new GTR over this, but this is undoubtedly a great piece of kit. Very impressive work. Good job, JAPO.
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July 29, 2010 9:04 am
 schizo schizo
Would take this over the new GTR V-Spec without even second thought... God I miss my friend's old GTR...
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July 29, 2010 7:33 am
 zamzungas zamzungas
you can say whatever you like, but it implousible to pusch 200 bhp per liter with a ''minimal mods''
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July 29, 2010 6:05 am
 BackInTheRealWorld BackInTheRealWorld
523ps from 2.5litre straight six is nothing short of whichcraft.
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July 29, 2010 1:21 am
 MTC MTC
I love this Skyline GTR, it has way more character than the new one Sounds ruder as well
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July 29, 2010 1:04 am
 Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Skyline GT-Rs have always been very very unique and special. While Ferraris or Lamborghinis of Alfa Romeos have got "soul", this car hasn't, but it has got a brain, a genius one. From the R32 onwards, even for today's R35, this car is truely, a symbol of the victory of technology over physics, with stuff like Attesa ET-S, Active LSD, Super HICAS, clever suspension.......
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July 28, 2010 11:54 pm
 Antichrist Antichrist
I just love Skylines, if I could, I sure would buy one.. If I just had the money, oh, cruel world.
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July 28, 2010 10:19 pm
 Max_Speed Max_Speed
To be honest I prefer this one instead of the new GTR. This looks more 'manly' while the new one looks like a 'boy's toy'.
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July 28, 2010 9:40 pm
 Bojassem Bojassem
This car will always be remembered as the true Japanese sports car. I'd like to restore one in 10 years from now :)
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July 28, 2010 8:39 pm
 jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
LEGEND!
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July 28, 2010 8:04 pm