Is this the rarest Nissan GT-R ever? At £357,000 it really needs to be

One of just 19 built, could this be the ultimate road-going GT-R?

The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo Z-Tune is for many the ultimate incarnation of the GT-R. Only 19 examples of this near-500bhp R34 Skyline were built, with the model intended to act as a celebration of all things Nismo.

Although produced to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nissan’s motorsport and performance division in 2005, the Z-Tune actually made its debut five years earlier as a prototype at the Nismo Festival in Japan. By the time the green light was given for customer versions, production of the R34 had ended, so Nismo had to apply the Z-Tune treatment to low-mileage second-hand GT-Rs.

A run of 20 examples was originally planned, but in the end just 19 were built, including two prototypes. That means it’s very rare for a Z-tune to make an appearance on a showroom floor. The Z-Tune featured an uprated version of the R34’s RB26DETT twin-turbo straight-six engine. In Nismo's 'Z2' spec it received a host of changes, including a strengthened 2771cc block (up from the standard 2568cc), revised camshafts, lightweight pistons and connecting rods, a new crankshaft and a pair of uprated IHI turbochargers. The result was an output of ‘over 493bhp’ – considerably more than the standard car’s claimed 276bhp.

The work that went into the Z-Tune didn't just stop at the engine, either. The front bumper, front wings and heavily vented bonnet were made from carbonfibre, the door frames were spot-welded to make the bodyshell more rigid, three-stage adjustable Sachs suspension was added, and Brembo created a bespoke brake system. The Z-Tune was offered in only one paint scheme – 'special silver' – with a red and black interior designed as a nod to Nismo's company colours. 

The Z-Tune cost 16,900,000 yen – around £85,000 – when new. Today, this example, build #009, is priced at no less than £357,000 at a Hong Kong car dealership, easily making it one of the most expensive GT-Rs ever to go on sale. Unfortunately little else is said about the car on the dealer's Facebook page.

Nismo's original website for the Z-Tune still exists and, while looking slightly dated, it offers a fantastic insight into the vast amount of work that went into building these cars. You can see that here

Alternatively, if you'd like to see another ultra-rare GT-R in action, take a look at our video of the Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R 


JRM GT23 revealed – a road-legal Nissan GT-R GT3 racer
JRM GT23 - front

JRM GT23 revealed – a road-legal Nissan GT-R GT3 racer

British racing outfit JRM to build 23 road-legal GT-R GT3 racing cars
7 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme
Bentley Bacalar dev - sideways

Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme

The Mulliner designed Bacalar showcases Bentley’s bespoke engineering talents in super-exclusive but unexpectedly capable form.
9 Apr 2021
Alpine GTA Concept – pro-level fan fiction car design at its best
Alpine A110 GTA concept – front

Alpine GTA Concept – pro-level fan fiction car design at its best

Russian car designer Arseny Kostromin has magnificently executed his idea of a competition Alpine GTA
10 Apr 2021