User Ranking>> Best Jdm R34 Gt-r

Over the past few years I have collected a lot of photo's from all sorts of cars that are of interest to me. As my favorite brand is Nissan, and the car that I like the most is the Skyline R34, you can figure I have a vast amount of pictures of these cars from all over the world…. In looking through my photo collection, I thought it would be interesting to try and decide on the best R34 GT-R out there…. It's a really hard question to answer!

Let's look though some tuned R34s that are iconic in the JDM ‘tuner' world. I say iconic because these cars deserve a place in history and will be remembered for many years to come.

I used some pictures taken by one of my favourite photographers, Dino Dalle Carbonare. All his pictures can be found on the internet, but his newest materials can be found in his new blog you can find here.

Can you spot all the different powerhouses that have their R34 lined up to attack Fuji Speedway in the picture above?

First up we have the mother of the R34's, the Z-Tune Skyline build by Nismo. This car is the epitome of how a Skyline should be…. streetlegal that is. Only 20 were made and that makes them even more desirable.  The car is powered by a 500ps Z2 engine that packs a mean punch. The engine is derived from the RB's that were used in the GT500 Skyline, the engine even uses common parts to the race engine like the crank and conrods.

This one is a bit more elusive, it's the Amuse Caron R. There is not a whole lot of information regarding this car. I have even looked in all of my Revspeed magazines but I couldn't find any info. I do know that it weighs around 1100kg and has a 600ps RB engine. Another cool feature is the entire carbon shell that helps to keep the weight down. I'm not sure what happened with the car but I heard that it sits at the Amuse headquarters.

The car also made an appearance in a racing game on the Playstation.

Ah yes the HKS Driving Performer. This car has been used by HKS to test all of their new products. It was also the first car that used the V-Cam system (Variable cam timing) This item is only made on order by HKS and costs a fortune. The engine capacity has been increased to 2.8 liter thanks to the HKS stroker kit and it uses their famous T04Z turbo; this gives the car 650ps.

The T5 wheels are made by Advan and are my all time favorite on any car. Behind the wheels you can see a Endless brake setup.

This car is one of my personal favorites because it belongs to a friend of mine that lives in Japan. The car has been build by Sunline Racing. It has a complete widebody kit made from carbon. In the pictures you can clearly see all the satin finish carbon but when it debuted on the Tokyo Auto Salon the car was was all stickered up, I think it looks better this way. The car is still in development and is used quite frequently on circuit days through out Japan.

The Wangan racer made famous by ‘Smoky' Nagata of Top Secret fame….. This car has been featured in so many video's I've lost count. It has even mastered Tsukuba and recorded a record time of 0:57 seconds. Off course it wears the complete Top Secret bodykit including the frontbumper, sideskirts, rearbumper, carbon spoiler and special color coded TE37 wheels. I love this machine. The car now resides in the USA and is for sale, for the lucky few that can afford this car take a look here.

Another famous R34, the Mine's R34 Skyline. This car brings back some nice memories, Do you guys remember the video made by Best Motoring? They made a video called RB Japanese Muscle, It was released in 2005 and I have watched that video so many times, even nowadays I like to watch it. I really like the mentality behind this build, no fancy stuff, just things that work and make the car go faster.

This Matchless Crowd Racing R34 was one of the main contenders of the Mine's R34. Especially on the special touge stage made famous by Keiichi Tsuchiya. The car hits 650ps thanks to a HKS stroker 2.8 kit. This car was made as a street legal racer and there for it competes in the same category as the Mine's R34.

Mspeed build this car for only one reason and that was to take the record during the Revpseed Time Attack that is held every December on Tsukuba. Last year it recorded a time of 0:54:481. We'll look at this car in more details in a separate post….

Here we have another special R34, this time build by Nagisa Auto (Nams). The displacement of this car is also increased by the HKS 2.8 stroker kit. It shows HKS build one of the most popular stroker kits out there, almost all of the tuners use the same kit. The other important thing in the engine bay is the T88 turbo. In the end this car produces an astonishing 750ps. Thanks to the experience and build quality of Nams they achieved a 0:56:510 on the famous Tsukuba circuit.

To finish this article of I have this Prostock R34. This car will debut during the Time Attack event in December and I can't wait to see it drive. It has a custom one off wide body kit made entirely from carbon. The car has been changed in so many ways, first off, the engine has been shifted backwards for a better weight distribution there for the steering rack had to be repositioned. To really appreciate the build quality you should take a look at some of the pictures that Dino took of this car back in 2007. You can see more here.

I know there are a lot more R34's out there, but I made a list of what I thought are the most influential  Skylines that were made in Japan.

So now it's your turn, which R34 would you take?

-Jeroen Willemsen

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1

I prefer the skyline built by Sunline Racing.

2

All of those look pretty cool...

but for uberness and speed, I would choose the Mine's.

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4

Gotta take the Mine's. Those bmi videos of it are incredible. The M Speed GTR is cool too tho.

6

All these R34s are amazing, but i my opinion, i choose the Amuse Carbon R, because out of the craftsmanship made in the car and the passion that the company has for performance.

7

I'm hard pressed to say...



I'm in a tie with the HKS and Mine's R34's.

8

I would have to say the Garage Kagotani R34 or the Mine's R34. Gotta love 'em both.

9

Amuse Carbon R, without a doubt!

10

M-speed, mine's & Prostock =D

11

What about the Kagotani R34??? that's one of my personal favourite..

12

hey what about the signal auto skyline? that is the best



13

mines! cuz i think in the same way!

14

It seams my Personal favourite R34 GTR is absent here as well... the Auto Select R34 GTR.

However from this selection I think Id want the Mine's GTR to come home with me. Im also a huge fan of the Ztune GTR.... gwad dam I hope they do a Z tune verson of the R35!

15

My vote is Top Secret! Love the color and wheels.

If the Carbon R had some white or green TE37's in size "huge", it might take the cake. Those wheels on the Carbon R don't work for me.

16

i like midori's. there's a sneak peak at d top pix. and it use green te37 too.

17

I don't think I'd take an R34. I really like the Garage Saurus R32 time attack car =D! But out of those....I think maybe the Prostock.

18

1. M-speed

2. Mines

3. Amuse



i love all R34 GT-R in this post~~ =D

19

For the looks its easily the Nagisa Auto R34, as for performance its the Mine's R34 because of its overall balance.

20

Prostock... I saw the Prostock car on dinos site a while back and cant wait to see it drop a bomb on tsukuba.... i hope it diminishes mitsubishis stranglehold on the record.. :D

21

There is certainly a lot of R34 tuners that are missing on that list. Including the Blitz R34, Apex'i R34 and the Tommy Kaira R and several others. But I guess they are just too old to be mentioned......



But out of all the R34s up there, I have to go with the NISMO Z-Tune. Nothing is more badass than a street legal road car straight out from the factory.

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In my opinion the MCR, the Mine's and the HKS's Skylines are cars "built" with bolt-on parts.....nothing special to me. (very little craftmanship has been done to them, if any at all).

On the other hand, the Garage Ito/ Pro Stock R34 is completely built from the ground up.

Ikeya Formula everything-suspension.

One-off body panels.

Cut firewall with recessed engine, completely built engine with Adel Wiggins clamps.

Quantum 4 way adjustable coilovers,

Hewland gear box.

MoTec standalone (not that HKS F-Con V-Pro standalone that we ALWAYS see on those JDM cars....)

Tilton brake pedals.....the list goes on and on.

Definitely not a bolt-on deal car. Anyone can bolt on those things if they have the money.

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Alex, you do realize most of those bolt-on parts are built by MCR/Mine's/HKS? Especially the HKS has pretty much the whole HKS catalog in it, so it's not exactly just bolt-on this bolt-on that considering they've developed the parts. And how do the tranny (it's a Holinger btw), ECU, brake pedals, coilovers etc in the prostock count as bolt-ons then? And I might add anyone might as well have that craftmanship done if they have money.

About the article not containing x tuner's GT-Rs, it'd be a looong article. The article contains 2 of the fastest time attack Rs (plus 2 pretty special ones) and probably the most recognizable street Rs as well, well chosen IMO.

25

MINE'S and MCR!!! the best R34 i ever see...

26

Favorite?

- Z-tune

- Mine's

- Amuse

27

Or the silver 2 door Blitz skyline?

28

I'd choose Mines R34, HKS Driver Performer R34 and Prostock R34. But where is the infamous "Yellow Shark" Auto Select R34? That car is super power!

29

I'd have to go with Mine's for it's simplicity and clean lines.

30

the Prostock R34 was in Option magazine, wasn't it? such a wild kit, reminds me of one i saw in an old japanese racing game for ps2 ;D (not GT3 or GT4)

31

z-tune or driving performer, both perfect street cars

32

Dino Dalle Carbonare is one awsome snapper, his work is often featured in an Australian mag called HPI (High Performance Imports) and he also ownes an R34 in Bay side blue.

34

mines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

35

IMHO Mines, Nismo, top secret and HKS FTW!

36

Overall pick would be Mines because it's performance (see Best Motoring DVD's) and it looks streetable.

For all-out looks, I'd pick M-Speed with its ultra-low ride height, green wheels, and stripped out interior.

37

mine's and MCR....best street r34

38

I like the mines and MCR skyline

39

Check out RIPS in NZ for some awesome 8-900hp street leagal builds they are currently working on an RB33!!!

40

You hit all three I was waiting for, Mspeed, NAMS, Sunline

41

awesome...... nice post, love them all..

42

where is the midori seibi gt-r?

43

the MCR R34 is sickkkk

44

I'd take the Z-Tune... compared to the others it's a sleeper, if you can call a GT-R that :-D

45

MCR hands down for me. I always dream of driving that car.

46

@ Noggin, you do realize that Mine's pays Moon Craft to make their oh-so exotic dry carbon fiber parts?

BTW, Moon craft also makes stuff for ASM and Spoon, and many other small companies.

In other word.....the money you spend for a Spoon hard top, actually go to Moon Craft (in part)...that's why the price is so high.

Why would I want to give credit to a company like Mine's that uses German magnesium wheels, Sweden shocks, Australian ECU and other stuff? I rather give props to whoever is behind the R&D. (you don't think a single man, like Niikura san in this case, developed and enginered all those parts, are you?).

When I said, anyone could swipe the credit card and buy the entire HKS catalog and call it "a built up", I meant exactly that. it's too easy to take the easy way out.

HKS does the R&D, not the customer. Please don't compare a small-tiny ass shop like Garage Ito with HKS.

What you see on the Pro-stock/ Garage Ito's Skyline, it's one of a kind done by fewf olks. Unlike HKS's bolt on parts which are developed by 100's of employees.

Just my .02

47

Alex, stop the hating and just love the machines for the level of excellence they represent.



To state a fact, Pro-stock's car is not built with their own money, its paid for and built for one of their customers so in that sense, while the engineering is to Pro-stock's credit, they do have a considerable budget for the build which is not incomparable to say, HKS. Pro-stock deserve respect definitely, but context is needed here.



Its NOT as easy as you think to just 'bolt-on' parts at this level of competition and ensure everything works cohesively and yet beat the competition at Tsukuba, in full street trim, which is what Mine's achieved.



Don't diss Mine's achievement because if Niikura san ONLY use bolt-on parts which everyone has access to, then why couldnt his R34 be beaten in its street class? It can't be only because he has more money than MCR or HKS right?



Seriously, I would doubt that you or me, if given the same amount of money that Niikura san has, can build something that can rival the Mine's GTR.



So what if Moon Craft oem stuff for other companies? This kind of arrangement been around for eons. Its up to Spoon, HKS, Amuse etc to R&D their own parts and find the best OE supplier to make it for them. Thats the name of the game and doesnt diminish the respect i have for their development process at all.



Lastly, note that I am not dissing the cars you support or blindly supporting the cars I respect, I just feel that you are saying the small shops are worthy of support because of their kickass engineering whereas the big shops' efforts are just 'bolt-ons' because customers can buy their parts... Kinda flawed argument don't you think?

48

i love all of them but the z-tune shall always be the dream car.

49

They all look so captivating, it's hard to choose.

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Gianluca FairladyZ

Mine's GTR!

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