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New NISMO Skyline's R34GT-R Z-Tune!!

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Nismo R34GT-R Z-Tune

Ever since the Nissan Skyline GT-R was created in 1989 with the R32, the car gained an immediate following in Japan. Unfortunately, not many Americans knew about it in the early years because it was never officially marketed in the U.S.; but it didn't take long for import enthusiasts here to catch wind of the Skyline's awesome performance.

When the car was in its second generation (R33), the 2+2 GT had reached cult status. The most recent rendition of the Skyline GT-R (R34) was discontinued two years ago, signaling the end of an era (a new one will begin with the 2007 GT-R, which will be marketed in the U.S.). Nismo, the motorsports division of Nissan, is paying homage to this legend by creating a super-special version — of which only 20 will be built — called the R34GT-R Z-Tune.

The story we were told was that Nismo employees scoured Japan for used Skyline GT-Rs with less than 30,000 km on the odometer. Once they found 20, they went to work and built the ultimate GT-R.

First they took apart the engine. The displacement of the RB26DETT has been bored out to 2771 cc. Going by the name Z2, the 2.8-liter inline-6 features, among other things, racing camshafts with variable valve timing and lift, a custom crankshaft and connecting rods, new pistons and a bigger turbocharger. Breathing has been improved via a custom stainless-steel inlet pipe and cat-back exhaust. The changes result in 495 bhp at 6800 rpm and 398 lb.-ft. of torque at 5200. The power is transferred to all four wheels through the stock 6-speed manual gearbox.

Handling has been improved with Sachs shock absorbers at all four corners, and the brakes updated with Brembos.

Every component works in harmony. The power comes on ferociously, pressing your entire torso into the bucket seat. Each upshift is met with a loud wastegate pop, and an extra surge forward. The sensation is that of a race car, pure and simple. Its claimed acceleration figures are eye-opening: According to Nismo, the car ran the quarter mile in 10.1 seconds; its zero-to-60-mph time is around 3.0 flat. That's faster than the Ferrari Enzo.

When it comes time to negotiate a bend, the R34GT-R gets the job done with super-crisp turn-in and razor-sharp steering. Sticky Bridgestone Potenzas wrapped around Nismo's GT500 forged alloy wheels provide excellent grip through all corners, although the rear end can get a bit loose if you get on the throttle too abruptly in mid-turn. Nismo says it pulls 1.0g around a skidpad.

The Nismo R34GT-R Z-Tune is a special car, and Nismo priced it as such, with a sticker of about $170,000. A lot of money, yes, but it delivers thrills beyond belief. — Sam Mitani :eek: :machinegu
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20 bucks says hes gonna bring out the Z06, I've been waiting for someone to help me on this topic.I've just been too lazy to bring the facts on the table like you have. Anyways i'd rather have a rare nismo skyline than a lingenfelter dragster anyday. Aside from that lets try and keep this professional and mature, Tb is a friend so dont get personal.

-son of SQS
First of all that skyline is a skyline, that's like saying an sl55 amg isn't a mercedes sl. Nismo is a tuning house for nissan jus like amg is a tuning house for mercedes. And that list u posted is of the old 04' evo n subaru I'll post pics of the lap board with the evo at least .3s ahead of the vette. I guarantee the z06 will not be in the top 3 maybe top 10, americans can't design proper handling cars. The drag race was over a tvr t350c vs honda nsx(not type r) regular carrera and a c6. First was tvr, second was nsx, third was c6, and last place was porsche.
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