The R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a legend among car enthusiasts and represents one of the greatest cars ever built by Nissan. Among the legendary R34 Nissan GT-Rs there is an elite group of just 18 cars that received special attention from Nissan’s NISMO tuning arm known as the Z-Tunes. Within this group of extremely rare Z-Tune GT-Rs only two examples exist in the superb Midnight Purple III colour and today we’re going to watch one of them get a detail.
In case you’re not familiar, the R34 Nissan GT-R represents the last of the old GT-Rs. Today’s R35 GT-R may be faster but it is a massive departure from the GT-Rs of the past. The R34 was the last generation of GT-R to use the legendary RB-Series straight-6 engine which was a darling of the tuner community.
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The R34 was produced from 1999 to 2002 and signified a brief end to the GT-R nameplate before the R35 launched in 2007. The short R34 production run saw several high-performance variants that elevated the GT-R to new levels of performance and scarcity. After the 3-year production run a final factory effort to build the ultimate GT-R was born and the resulting cars were known as Z-Tunes.
The Z-Tune cars were built on used R34 GT-Rs purchased by Nissan in the V-Spec trim with less than 18,000 miles on the clock. The base cars were stripped down by Nismo and 17 of the 18 Z-Tunes were resprayed in a special edition colour dubbed Z-Tune Silver. The only outlier was left in its Midnight Purple III colour making it a 1 of 1 and the absolute rarest R34 GT-R in the world.
The Z-Tune GT-Rs were powered by the legendary RB28DETT engine which produced 500 bhp and screamed to an 8,000rpm redline. The Nismo engineers used new IHI turbochargers and a bored and stroked version of the R34’s RB26DETT engine block. To complete the Z-Tune package Nismo added larger Brembo brakes, vented bodywork, and Sachs dampers.
The GT-R in today’s video is one of those original elite Z-Tune R34 GT-Rs that received a recent restoration. During the restoration, the car was painted Midnight Purple III instead of the original Z-Tune silver making it one of only 2 R34s in this incredible combination.