Legendary Ultra Rare 1 of 19 Godzilla, R34 GT-R Z-Tune NISMO Spotted!!
The R34 GT-R is probably most people's favorite GT-R, and of the many that they made, only 19(20) received the official NISMO treatment. For those that do not know the different trim levels of tuning NISMO offers, there are S-Tune, R-Tune, and Z-Tune trims. While the S-Tune and R-Tune tuning packages are available for almost all the cars in Nissan's lineup from the tiny Nissan March(Micra) to the Nissan Fairlady Z and even the Nissan Elgrand!
While the S and R-Tunes are a dime a dozen, NISMO only gave one car its highest tuning trim, the BNR34 Skyline GT-R.
To fans of the GT-R, the Z-Tune is perhaps the Holy Grail of the entire GT-R lineup, not only for its rarity, but also for its legendary performance. Built with NISMO's know-how from years of motorsports experience under the motto to build the "World's fiercest road going car" by making the "Top of the GT-R"(their words, not mine), you know NISMO was serious when they were making this car.
Built on the V Spec II Nur as a base car, the Z-Tune replaced many of the V Spec's panels with lighter carbon materials, cutting down weight to around 3,200lbs and featured further chassis stiffening to improve handling.
The Z-Tune also featured upgraded aero and vents all over its body, most notably its instantly recognizable hood vent. (So many aftermarket versions of this bonnet cover)
NISMO took no chances with fine tuning the body of the Z-Tune, and all its pieces were painstakingly hand crafted and assembled to ensure no random bug in a machine could jeopardize its quality.
Underneath the bonnet, NISMO let loose with all it's got. Although basically just an RB26DETT engine, the Z-Tune's is not just any RB26. Featuring NISMO's GT500 block (as the name suggests, for the GT500 race series), the Z-Tune literally has a racing engine in it. Along with GT500 spec cam rods, and crankshaft, the Z-Tune also saw an upgrade in its turbos. All these upgrades means the Z-Tune pushes out 500bhp out of all four wheels through Nissan's advanced ATTESSA all wheel drive system making it a true monster machine. I mean, all those vents aren't just for show, NISMO put function into everything on this car.
With all this power, one must also need some way to stop, and so, NISMO put on four gigantic Brembo brakes on its wheels.
Unlike its predecessors, this NISMO was built to celebrate NISMO's 20th anniversary and only 20 were ever produced. While 20 was produced, the first production Z-Tune, the Z-Tune I was NISMO's prototype car and was never sold to the public, leaving only 19 Z-Tune II's for a few lucky individuals to enjoy. It goes without saying that I nearly fainted when I realized what I stumbled upon. In all honesty, I almost walked past this car without noticing what it actually was.
After a long day out, I was walking home when I saw what appeared to be just another silver R34 GT-R at a petrol station car wash. I stopped and took this shoddy picture from afar and proceeded to keep walking home. As I looked at the picture, I started noticing some distinct features (such as the vents, the pointed side, and the NISMO filter). Realizing what I had stumbled upon, I literally ran back to the petrol station hoping it would still be there.
To my luck, the owner was washing it and so I asked for permission to take some close up shots. He explains that he is the second owner of this car and has owned it for over ten years at this point.
Seeing how enthusiastic I was, two other petrolheads washing their cars nearby joined in on the conversation and we all just stood around admiring this unicorn of a car.
I never would have expected something as rare as this to be lurking around in this small town of only 125,000 people. Knowing I may never have a chance like this ever again, I let loose and went a bit nuts with the picture taking.
The last great Skyline. The end of a legacy.
Even as I am writing this, I can not believe I just walked in on it getting a wash just like any other car.
This is one of the rarest cars I have ever seen and definitely one of the rarest in the world.
This car is just pure pornography. What do you think of the Z-Tune? Have you heard of it? Is there another JDM legend you would prefer? Comment your thoughts down below, and as always, thank you for reading!