R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R – Dressed to kill
The R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R is already known to turn heads, now here’s one of the best modified ones in Malaysia.
JDM is an acronym which has become a badge of honour, one signifying the uniqueness of a vehicle that’s only made available in Japan’s home market and nowhere else.
JDM (Japanese Domestic Market, or Model) can and has been misused when referring to certain globally available Japanese models, but it’s generally accepted there’s a holy trinity of JDM cars – the Toyota Supra, Honda NSX, and Nissan Skyline GT-R – even though some may argue that both the Supra and NSX were also made available to the American market. There’s no such dispute over the Skyline GT-R, however.
The GT-R badge is highly coveted in the Nissan family, in particular with the Skyline range, and reserved for only highest performance models. It began with the ‘Hakosuka’ model in 1969, and then stopped for a while after the ‘Kenmeri’ model was introduced in 1973. The GT-R badge wouldn’t be seen again until 1989 when Nissan set its sights on Group A Racing.
It was then the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R made an unforgettable debut. Its 2.6-litre twin-turbo inline-6 pushed more than 600hp in race trim, weighing in at 1,260kg. To cope with all that power, Nissan developed a sophisticated all-wheel-drive (AWD) system complete with torque-splitting between the front and the rear. It was high-tech for its time, and absolutely dominated races worldwide. The GT-R was so successful in Australia that it led to the end of the Australian Touring Car Championship. In its place came a two-make championship, which we know of today as the V8 Supercars series.
Thus, was a legend born.
It’s no surprise then that its final incarnation – the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R – would be most sought after model. Besides being the greatest in the Skyline GT-R lineage, with improved components and a Getrag 6-speed manual, the R34 would be one of last few great JDM cars of the ‘90s. Further fuelling its popularity was its appearance later in the Fast & Furious film franchise and, of course, its scarcity in other countries.
Just owning an R34 Skyline GT-R would drive an aficionado over the moon, what more if it were a V-spec II. The one featured here has it all and more.
Already beginning as a V-spec II base model, this R34 has been given a plethora of high-end performance parts from top to bottom, mainly from NISMO, Nissan’s tuning arm.
The engine components and gearbox are from NISMO. The bodykit, high quality carbon fibre material, also NISMO. There’s even an upgraded NISMO Multi Fuction Display (MFD) that replaced the original. And that’s only some of it.
Even the non-NISMO parts are top-tier components: ECU from Link, suspension from Ohlins, brakes from Alcon, a lighter variant of the Volk Racing TE37 wheels. The spec list is the stuff of dreams! As far as modified GT-Rs go, this one is as complete as they come.
2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R34)
Engine: RB26DETT NISMO Fine-spec Final Edition, Garage Defend carbon fibre cooling plate, Tabata radiator, ARC oil catch tank, HKS R Type intercooler, HKS R Type oil cooler, GReddy pulley set, NISMO intake, GReddy fuel rail, twin Garrett GT30 turbochargers, NISMO turbo outlet, NISMO carbon air box & carbon inlet pipe, NISMO limited titanium strut bar, Ogura twin plate racing clutch, Trust titanium exhaust system
Electronics: Link G4+ Extreme ECU, GReddy Profec II boost controller
Transmission: NISMO Getrag 6-speed manual
Suspension and Chassis: Ohlins DFV suspension, NISMO strut bar
Wheels: 19-inch Volk Racing TE37 SL wheels
Interior: NISMO Multi Fuction Display (MFD)
Exterior: NISMO dry carbon front hood, Ganador side mirrors, NISMO S-Tune front and rear bumper, NISMO sideskirts, AutoSelect front diffuser, AutoSelect dry carbon canards, Superior carbon wing stand, NISMO carbon spoiler lid, NISMO carbon door pillar, dry carbon rear diffuser, NISMO LED tail lights
Credits: Top Gear Malaysia