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Japan is famously known for two very terrifying, larger than life monsters; one of it being Godzilla, a fictional behemoth that terrorizes the streets of Tokyo, and the other monster being a four-wheel drive, 2.6 liter twin turbo sports coupe produced by Nissan from 1969 up until today. The latter, although does not eat people, is also known for terrorizing the streets of large metropolitan areas around the world.

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What we’re talking about here (for the non-car-speaking bunch) is the Nissan Skyline GTR, famously called Godzilla due to two factors; it IS a monster, and it hails from Japan. The Nissan Skyline GTR is also better know as the posterboy for most petrolheads as it strikes the right balance between raw power, speed, and ‘affordability’. Affordability in a sense that for the price of Skyline GTR, you would be getting mad power and speed that you would be getting from more expensive and exotic cars higher up in the food chain of speed and horsepower.

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What we have today is an immaculately maintained, fine specimen of a GTR R34 V-Spec in its trademark Bayside Blue. This car is owned and maintained by Jia Ho, who stumbled upon it two years ago when he was outstation with his buddy. As the story goes, he and his buddy were out driving  around at midnight in a Toyota Levin AE92 when they were abruptly overtaken by a GTR on the freeway. Noticing the trademark tailights of the NISMO, it was then decided that Jia Ho must own an R34. By luck or by chance, Jia Ho’s cousin was selling his off which was the perfect opportunity for him to tame the monster.

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The R34 GTR is the last car to use the nameplate “Skyline”, the newer R35 model dropped the moniker altogether, sticking only to the three-letter “GTR”. Being a car designed and produced at the turn of the millenium (1999-2002) this is a car that bridges the gap between old school rules, and new age tech. Brought to fame by Bryan O’Conner in the movie 2Fast 2Furious, this car was a sought after car from most parts of the globe.

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The GTR R34 V-Spec comes with a rock solid 2.6 liter twin turbo in-line six engine producing just shy of 280bhp at 6800rpm and 350Nm of torque at 4400rpm. All of this power is directed to all four wheels via Nissan’s trademark ATTESA E-TS Pro (which stands for “Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain”), a system that not only directs torque to either front or rear axles, but also to both left and right rear wheels via an active rear LSD when needed. Another engineering ingenuity of the R34 is the Super HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering), a four-wheel steering system found on the later generation Skylines that aid in better handling of the car.

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Jia Ho’s particular R34 comes with two N1 turbos with HKS outlet pipes, Tomei headers. Cool air is fed to the engine via ARC intercoolers. Handling is managed by Öhlins DFV coilovers complimented by NISMO sway bars and a Superpro bushing kit. Stopping power is provided by massive F50 Brembos with NISMO stainless steel braided lines. On the exterior, his R34 comes decked with Top Secret front diffuser to help with air flow, NISMO Z-Tune front fenders and NISMO S-Tune body kit. To complete the exterior package, the R34 comes with NISMO taillights to show slower cars who’s the boss in the fast lane.

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Jia Ho has plans on maintaining the car’s reliability. As the saying goes, “with great (horse)power comes great responsibility”, so ensuring the R34 is running at optimal performance is something that Jia Ho strives for. He intends to drive it as much as he can because he believes that at the end of the day, all car guys just need to go out and drive. Let’s just call it “Driver’s Therapy”.

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Specs

Engine:
RB26DETT
N1 turbo x2
HKS outlet pipes
Tomei Headers
ARC intercooler
ARC catch can
HKS oil cooler kit
Nismo low temp thermostat

Suspension/Brakes:
Ohlins DFV coilovers
Superpro bushing kit
Nismo sway bars
F50 Brembo kit
Nismo stainless braided lines

Exterior:
Top Secret front diffuser
Nismo S-tune body kit
Nismo Z-tune front fenders
Nismo tailights
Interior:
Nismo 320km/h meter
Hks turbo timer
Recaro semi bucket seats

Wheels/Tyres:
Nismo LM GT4 18×9.5 +12
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 265/35/18

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