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.


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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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.
Jul 31, 2010 7:20 pm
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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".
Jul 30, 2010 4:36 am
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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!
Jul 29, 2010 6:04 pm
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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.
Jul 29, 2010 4:06 pm
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nice sports car is this
Jul 29, 2010 12:04 pm
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[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...
Jul 29, 2010 11:56 am
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LOVE THIS CAR... But what is this new PS and what does it mean??
Jul 29, 2010 11:49 am
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all you need to know is that the conversion unit from hp to ps is 1.014!
Jul 30, 2010 6:08 pm
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Wait what? 2.5L??? In a GTR?
Jul 29, 2010 9:54 am
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Actuallu i think its a stroked RB26DETT to 2.8L like the Z-Tune, but not using the original Z1, 2.5 might be a typo
Jul 29, 2010 10:23 am
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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
Jul 29, 2010 9:46 am
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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.
Jul 29, 2010 9:14 am
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I would still take the new GTR over this, but this is undoubtedly a great piece of kit. Very impressive work. Good job, JAPO.
Jul 29, 2010 9:04 am
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Would take this over the new GTR V-Spec without even second thought... God I miss my friend's old GTR...
Jul 29, 2010 7:33 am
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you can say whatever you like, but it implousible to pusch 200 bhp per liter with a ''minimal mods''
Jul 29, 2010 6:05 am
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You do have a point, but remember, that is the RB26DETT, the well-known powerplant sooooo tuneable that it made the GT-R famous for that. Stock car does 280ps, but you can get 400ps with only a chip change. This is no ordinary engine. We're not talking about 200hp per litre on an NA engine. These figures are really piece of cake for this engine.
Jul 29, 2010 9:12 am
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Thanks Douglas6250. It may sound strange to him, but ask anyone in the know. The stock R34 was rated at only about 280 hp, but in reality dynos proved it was closer to 330-350. With an intake, exhaust & a boost controller, 400hp is easy. The stock turbos have ceramic turbines & that's the weakest link, but swap the turbos & intercooler (the stock FMIC is at it's limit at just over 400whp... seen it on the dyno myself more than once) and you're just begining to scratch the hp surface. I had an Evo IX that I modded the hell out of (1000cc/min. injectors, Walbro in tank 255lph pump and FPR, ARP head studs, Cosworth 280 cams, complete Ferrea valvetrain, HKS head gasket, AMS turbo kit with GT35R Turbo, PWR intercooler, Tial 50mm blowoff valve and 44mm wastegate, Tilton twin disc clutch, AEM EMS & running 28lbs of boost... 509whp, well mannered & daily driven, stock bottom end) and my friend's skyline made more hp with waaay less mods, & absolutely nothing done to the bottom end on it either.
Jul 29, 2010 4:15 pm
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well i accept that you can push 200bhp per liter without touchin bottom end, but other modifications isn't so minor.
Jul 30, 2010 8:52 am
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Well, whether you want to admit it or not, it doesn't make it any less true. A turbo + intercooler swap is a very minor mod in my book. Anyone mechanically inclined could do it on an RB motor in a couple hours. I've swapped several turbos in my backyard. I find it amusing that you're trying to say that a few bolt ons are major mods... but since you're hell bent on being a skeptic, don't take my word for it: do yourself a favor & look up RB26DETT, & Skyline GT-R. You'll find plenty of them (in Japan & Australia especially) that are making the kind of power I'm talking about with very minimal mods. You'll find photos, build sheets & dyno runs to prove it.
Jul 30, 2010 2:01 pm
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523ps from 2.5litre straight six is nothing short of whichcraft.
Jul 29, 2010 1:21 am
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That's commonplace with these motors. There are a lot of these monsters running around with over 800hp on the stock bottom end. A friend of mine had an ER34 sedan with an RB26 from a GT-R in it & when he sold it that thing was making over 600whp all day every day with minimal mods. Didn't even break a sweat.
Jul 29, 2010 3:27 am
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I love this Skyline GTR, it has way more character than the new one Sounds ruder as well
Jul 29, 2010 1:04 am
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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.......
Jul 28, 2010 11:54 pm
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I just love Skylines, if I could, I sure would buy one.. If I just had the money, oh, cruel world.
Jul 28, 2010 10:19 pm
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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'.
Jul 28, 2010 9:40 pm
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This car will always be remembered as the true Japanese sports car. I'd like to restore one in 10 years from now :)
Jul 28, 2010 8:39 pm
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Jul 28, 2010 8:04 pm
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worth every penny!!!! i would buy one in a flat second!!!
Jul 29, 2010 2:36 am
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