Is this Nissan GT-R R34 V Spec II Nür the ultimate GTR in Malaysia?

This Nissan GT-R R34 V Spec II Nür belongs to Mr. Azizi, a father of four. He has owned the car since 2008 and has had a long history of cars including a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII and IX before owning the Nissan GT-R.

What got you into cars?

Unlike younger Japanese car enthusiasts who usually gained their interest through things like “Initial D”, his main influence was Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong stunt man has starred in Mitsubishi-filled action films like “Thunderbolt”, and “Who Am I?” and is a big fan of Mitsubishi cars. There are also special “Jackie Chan” editions of certain Lancer Evo models to show you just how closely related Mr. Jackie Chan and Mitsubishi are.

That's a bit of segway into Mitsubishis, but basically, Jackie Chan is a pretty legit gateway drug into the automotive hobby.

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A brief ownership history

He started with a Proton Putra and later a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, which both received many modifications. When he purchased the Evo IX, he promised himself not to modify the car at all. He managed to keep his promise, until… he got chopped by a VTEC Honda. Apparently, Honda’s VTEC (especially the K20) can give you a run for your money when it kicks in (yo!).


That provoked him to start modifying the Lancer Evo IX, and history repeated itself. But even after extensive modifications, the Evo IX was still a mid-sized sedan, and it will always be. It didn’t look like a sports car to him. So, he made the decision to get a 2-door sports car for himself - the Nissan GT-R R34.

‘Omori Spec’ Nismo Wheels (manufactured in Nismo's Omori factory, 1000 pieces only)

Cherished and given excellent TLC

The level of care that Azizi gives to the GT-R is proof of just how much he appreciates the car. It was not an easy purchase to make and the GT-R is his way of rewarding himself. Of course, nothing in this world lasts forever, but the human heart tries its very best to cherish & immortalise what it can.

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It is a trophy. And that means the car doesn’t get driven much. Azizi is in his 40s, runs a successful business, and has 4 sons to raise. The GT-R has only managed 14,000km on the odometer throughout his ownership (10 years).

The GT-R is a weekend car, and after every drive, he wipes the car with his preferred cleaning product. There is one particular area of concern when wiping the car, and that’s the rear bumper and taillight where the exhaust sticks out. It gets stained by the exhaust fume after very long drives and that’s just something common with the R34 GT-R.


Exterior Modifications

What is unique about this R34 GT-R is the carbon fibre front end. The hood, bumper, and fenders are all made of carbon fibre. This saves 20 kilograms from the car’s overall weight. 


The long carbon fibre hood then leads up to a carbon fibre side mirror to go with the carbon fibre parts in front. Of course, these are less practical for daily use, but this isn’t a daily driven car. During one stage, this car even had carbon fibre doors, but the addition of a side bar inside made it impractical so it was reverted to a standard door again.


The trunk and spoiler have also been replaced with carbon fibre parts. Azizi still keeps the original trunk lid and spoiler and rumour has it the value of these things have gone up. Some people are stocking up on R34 GTRs, anticipating until it becomes legal in the United States. (The US requires second-hand imports to be 25 years and older to be road legal).

I stepped into the driver’s seat to get a feel of what it’s like. The Nismo steering wheel is small and fits snuggly in your hand. Being an older car, all gauges are analogue. The clutch pedal is hard, just like it should be and a short-shifter has been installed for the 6-speed manual transmission. The seats are original semi-bucket seats for the GT-R which make entry and exit very easy.


The gear knob is made of titanium, and the shifter feels hot since it sits right on top of the transmission. (You don’t get this feeling in a front-wheel-drive car). Long drives on hot afternoons will require you to wear gloves. The original GT-R shifter was aluminium so it’s just as practical.

The Famous In-Line 6

Everybody knows Nisan’s famous series of in-line 6 engines – The RB series. And the most sought-after RB engine you can get is the RB26DETT. This one is tuned by JUN and JUN sent their mechanics over to Malaysia to have it assembled in his car.


The engine is capable of handling 1000hp but for street purposes, this one is tuned to make 700hp. You can always opt for bigger turbos to get more out of the engine.

I casually asked “Why does the R35 use a V6 instead?” and received a very insightful answer. Apparently in the in-line 6 configuration the intake manifold is very long, causing imperfect air delivery into the combustion chamber. Even oil distribution can be tough for the standard oil pump. Sometimes it doesn’t reach the last cylinder. A V6 configuration solves this issue in the R35.

The solution for the RB engine is to get an aftermarket oil pump from TOMEI, JUN, or NISMO. Oil also tends to collect in the engine head. It seems to be a common issue with the RB in-line 6 engine. For this, you can install aftermarket ‘O’-Rings from JUN Orifice in the oil line to reduce the collection of oil in the engine head.

This R34 has also been equipped with an aftermarket clutch by OS Giken with a light flywheel. When idling, you hear this clanking sound as if the car is going to stall. But it won’t. At the end of this 700hp system is a 100mm ARC exhaust tip, making this car very loud. A catalytic converter is absent from this set up (Malaysia boleh).

Why Not get an R35 GT-R Instead?

Admittingly, the R35 GT-R is better than the R34 GT-R, just like most new things are. It is more technologically advanced and is a worthy predecessor of the R34. The electronic gear shift in the R35 is quick and it is more comfortable than an R34. It is also much easier to increase the power output from the R35. However, the R35 has become a little ubiquitous. We're guessing nostalgia has a lot to do with why some still prefer older-generation sports cars.

*JULY 2021 Edit: Mr. Azizi has sold his Nissan GT-R R34 and got himself an R35.


Verdict


The GT-R R34 is an absolute classic that continues to increase in price. Get one while you still can.


SPECS: 

Engine

  1. Complete JUN RB26 DETT Special engine (2.7 EX Kit) (For full specs, email me at arif@carsofmalaysia.com)
  2. 1000cc fuel injector x 4
  3. JUN custom fuel rail + fuel surge tank
  4. Nismo intake manifold
  5. ATI damper pulley
  6. GReddy pulleys
  7. ARC oil catch tank
  8. Power timing belt
  9. Power fan belt

 

Engine management/Electronics

  1. HKS FCON VPro 3.24
  2. HKS EVC5
  3. Apexi timer
  4. Nismo MFD Display
  5. Nismo speedometer

 

Ignition

  1. NGK-10 Racing spark plugs
  2. SplitFire ignition coil + HKS TwinPower
  3. SARD batt relocation kit

 

Fueling

  1. SARD fuel buffer tank
  2. 2x SARD fuel pump
  3. SARD intank fuel pump

 

Induction

  1. HKS TO4Z complete turbo kit + HKS Wastegate + HKS Downpipe

 

Exhaust

  1. ARC 100mm titanium exhaust (Complete limited edition)

 

Cooling

  1. TABATA R2 aluminium radiator + samco radiator hose
  2. HKS GT intercooler + piping kit
  3. HKS oil cooler kit + oil filter relocation kit

 

Drivetrain

  1. Stock BNR34 gearbox
  2. OS Giken triple plate clutch
  3. HKS carbon propeller shaft

 

 

Exterior

  1. Original Nismo cf hood + cf air duct
  2. Original Autoselect cf fenders
  3. Original Autoselect cf bumper + autoselect cf lip
  4. Original Autoselect cf canards
  5. Original Autoselect cf air duct
  6. Original Nismo signal light side and front
  7. Original Nismo Tail lamp
  8. Original JUN cf rear boot
  9. Original craftsquare cf side mirrors
  10. Original Voltex type5 gt wing 1700mm
  11. Original superior cf rear bumper trim
  12. Nismo side skirts
  13. Nismo rear fender trim

 

Interior

  1. Nismo steering wheel
  2. Moonface titanium gear knob
  3. Nismo cf rear view mirror

 

Handling

  1. Original Nismo LMGT4 omori spec sports rims 18x10.5 et-15
  2. Original Nismo wheel nuts
  3. Hankook rs3 z221 tyres 275/35R18
  4. Quantum Racing suspension
  5. ARC strut bar
  6. Nismo strut bar bottom
  7. Nismo Front lower arm
  8. Nismo Rear lower arm
  9. Cusco front adjustable caster rods
  10. Cusco rear hicas replacement bar

 

Brakes

  1. Front : AP Racing 8 pots calipers, 380mm rotors and steel braided brake hoses
  2. Rear : AP Racing 4 pots calipers , 345mm rotors and steel braided brake hose

 

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