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A Tribute to NISMO R34 GT-R Z-tune

Updated on March 11, 2012

The hand-made, ultimate road-going car in the world

Fans of performance car should not miss out on knowing who this "beast" is!

The Nismo R34 GT-R Z-tune is unique. It may not be the 'ultimate' performance car of the world in terms of acceleration, speed, and handling, nor that in terms of the interior and exterior design. The concept, history, specifications, and that there are only 20 of them available (all sold out!) renders it...a sweet ultimate dream car!

How powerful? Z-tune generates over 368 kW (500 ps) and over 540 N.m torque, rivaling Porsche 911. With a maximum speed of 155 mph, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds - thanks to the 2.8L straight six cylinders engine and the twin turbochargers supplied by IHI corporation, who was also subcontracted by Boeing for parts of several jumbo jet aircraft models. It only comes with six speed manual transmission and electronically-controlled all wheel drive, which Nissan dubbed as ATTESA E-TS.

What's so unique? The fact that this particular model was handmade, built from an already existing car, and tuned to be a drivable and reasonably practical day-to-day car (especially if you don't ever have to pay for the fuel).

The Z-tune concept was born in 2002 after Nissan ends the production of Skyline R34 series. This prototype was built using 2002 Skyline R34 GT-R V-spec, and the engine was based on Nissan's Leman GT2 and GT500 racing cars, which is named RB26DETT Z1 engine.

A year later, to celebrate NISMO's anniversary (NISMO is the tuning powerhouse for Nissan and the "maker" of Z-tune), 20 used R34 GT-R V-spec with less than 18,000 miles on the clock were purchased. NISMO then stripped them completely, resprayed, and rebuilt. The engine was changed from Z1 to Z2, the body made stronger and lighter, and the handling was improved, including the specially designed Brembo emergency brake. Click here for a more technical and details specifications.

Impressive historical line for a highly awesome specifications. That's why Z-tune is worth a special recognition!

Sneak Peak from Nihon Car


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      Anne Burlinson 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks 1cardude for the comment and the link!