Car Feature>> Hks R34 Gt-r Driving Performer

Following the post on the Z-tune I think there is one other Skyline GT-R we need to look at, an R34 that like the Nismo car was built to be the ultimate street going modified “R.” When building the Driving Performer, HKS took a very different route to Nismo by creating something a little more extreme, at least in the engine department.

The whole point of this project was to create a comfortable GT-R, a car that could be driven every day but at the same time have enough reserves of power to satisfy even the most demanding of drivers.

HKS probably has the most vast parts catalogue for the RB26 and second-generation of GT-R (R32/R33/R34), and the Driving Performer gets the best of the best to achieve its goal.

To find out more about the car I headed down to Fujinomiya-city in Shizuoka-ken at HKS’s main factory and HQ where the BNR34 was waiting for me, all polished up and ready to go.

The body has been kept almost completely stock, only a set of side and rear Nismo skirts added to give the impression the car sits lower to the ground. 19-inch bronze Yokohama AVS Model 5s were chosen and wrapped in Yokohama DNA GP to offer the best all-weather street performance.

The stock Brembo calipers have been replaced by a full Endless braking system, massive 6-pot calipers up front and 4-pots at the rear. The calipers bite down on 2-piece slotted rotors and are fitted with Endless street pads all round.

Much like the Z-tune the interior has been kept stock looking but spiced up with full leather upholstering done by Robson Leather. Even the stock airbag equipped steering wheel remains. However there is a considerably high gadget-factor in the Driving Performer, after all what better way does HKS have to show off all their electronic modules!

On the silver carbon fiber center console, again done by Robson Leather, the Alpine CD headunit is joined by the EVC Boost controller LDC display and control unit as well as the EV-R system, which can muffle the sound of the exhaust at the flick of a switch.

The glove box has been turned into an additional housing for the F-Con V Pro ECU and the optional Navigator. You need very good eyes to see what the oil temperature and pressure gauges are showing all the way from the driver’s seat!

Here is a better view of the Robson Leather interior. The quality of the hide is very good and tight fitting while the stitching matches the yellow HKS/Robson Leather logos on the headrests.

This car is all about the engine and what a well-tuned unit this proved to be. At the heart of it all is their fully balanced 2.8L stroker kit which forms a pretty much bullet-proof bottom end for the engine built. Boost is supplied thanks to the T04Z single turbocharger, mounted on an HKS stainless steel manifold and controlled by an external wastegate. The HKS V-Cam introduces variable cam timing on the intake side of the engine which together with the extra capacity helps provide a decent spread of torque at low rpm for your everyday normal driving and when you find yourself on the right road the T04Z single turbine offers all the power and torque you would ever want, starting from the 5,000 rpm mark.  The V-Cam helps in many areas like giving lower fuel consumption, smoother idle, lower emissions and of course a much more elastic engine throughout the entire rpm range.  You really can’t argue with that!

Being an HKS demo car means the R34 received some mouthwatering one-off carbon goodies like the oil catch tank and fuse box cover. To this day I still don’t know why HKS doesn’t sell these things! I want one of each soooo bad!

Another nice touch are the two carbon covers on each corner of the engine bay that hide ugly things like the ABS unit and the steering servo. Oh and if this spec list isn’t enough for you scroll down for a more detailed one at the bottom of the feature.

Unfortunately due to some last minute alterations I was unable to savor the true “Driving Performer” concept.  This was because HKS gave the car a bit of a wilder edge to compete in a recent circuit time attack session.  Wilder cams and less conservative tuning gave a few more horses while a tight front LSD and triple plate clutch finished the package off.  But despite this, the car’s dynamics weren’t disrupted much and it was still a great opportunity to experience what HKS have managed to obtain with this car.  Apart from the erratic action of the clutch, cruising around normal roads is effortless to say the least with a strong pull even between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.  Spool up of the T04Z begins soon after this and from then on it all becomes progressively faster until you hit the 5,000 rpm sweet spot when things really begin to get wild!

The effects of the V-Cam are instantly perceptible as the power delivery is very linear and smooth even when the turbine hits full boost.  Kept on the boil this RB28 gives you a strong and very usable 3,500 rpm power band, which works very well on the twisty roads around HKS HQ.  To complete the package HKS Hypermax Performer suspension keep the car very alert during spirited driving while offering an acceptable amount of comfort the rest of the time.  Brakes are simply awesome.

The R34 has now been joined by the new generation of HKS demo cars like the R35 GT-R and the CT200Z Evo X-based time attack machine.


– HKS RB28 kit (forged pistons, conrods, crank) [2,771 cc]

– HKS V-Cam system

– HKS T04Z A/R 0.81 single turbine conversion kit, GT wastegate

– HKS metal head gasket

– HKS Power Flow filter

– HKS head

– HKS stainless steel manifold

– HKS metal catalyzer

– HKS High Power Muffler EV-R

– HKS R-type intercooler

– HKS oil cooler

– HKS F-Con V-pro ECU

– Custom carbon  oil catch tank

– HKS Twin Power ignition amplifier

– Custom carbon fuse box

– Custom relocated power steering tank

– Carbon radiator shrouding


– HKS triple plate clutch

– Front LSD

Suspension & Chassis

– HKS Hipermax Performer adjustable suspension kit

– 9kg/mm springs (front & rear)

– HKS carbon front strut tower bar

Wheels & Brakes

– Yokohama Advan Model 5 10.5×19 (front & rear)

– Yokohama DNA GP (275/30/ZR19)

– Endless 6 pot front and 4-pot rear brake kit


– Nismo side and rear skirts

– Rear wing stay extensions

– Nismo clear front & side repeaters

– Nissan factory oil cooler intakes

– HKS Kansai Service FRP hood


– Full Robson Leather leather/carbon leather interior

– Nismo 320 Km/h orange combination meter

– Robson Leather factory steering wheel leather kit

– HKS Turbo timer

– HKS Circuit Lap Counter

– HKS A/F Knock Amp

– HKS EVC boost controller

– HKS EV-R control unit

– Alpine CDA-9805J CD Head Unit

– Robson Leather Carbon center console

– HKS D1 shift knob

– HKS F-Con Navigator

– HKS Oil pressure gauge

– HKS Boost gauge

– HKS Oil temperature gauge

– HKS V-Cam control unit


Robson Leather

-Dino Dalle Carbonare



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Very nice exterior and engine bay, not a fan of the interior, just because of the fact that everything is off center. I find myself to be a perfectionist, so I do not like tilted gauges or anything else for that matter.


Nice low profile car with big power.....



I've seen this car run on Best Motoring Vol 25 before. It's very fast.


that a typo?? on the spec list on the carbon panel it has: max torque: 69Nm, must be 690 surely


And I noticed a typo on the specs list on the carbon cover with the torque, i'm sure the GT-R has more than 69Nm of torque.


Awesome feature! I've been waiting for this one for a while.


Thanks for all the BNR34 features! What do you think about the MIne's R34? Are the Z-tune and the HKS Driving Performer really better?


A day of mouthwatering submissions, indeed. Kudos Speedhunter's Staff and Mr.Carbonare.


Yep it's a typo....Mine's remains the ultimate car. Feature to follow in the new year!;)


I love the 2 R34 car spotlights! First Nismo z tune and then HKS DP. Great posts! any chance of a car spotlight on Mines R34


its perfect... if only they made them from factory with that kind of quality.


Although.... I wonder what a car would achually be like with 650PS but only 69 tourques...... Perhaps interesting.


HKS never disappoint.

Nice and clean, inside and out.

All the best bolt on and internal upgrades.

Love it!


Great car and wonderful shots as usual!

Dino, can you give us the info on your camera setup?


Dino, is this the old photo?

coz i just find one in a new livery and wheels!


69 NM of maximum troque? i think a zero is missing...

though it still is a great car:)


I just love it....


desktop please


is the high power muffler EV-R still in produce? no rite?


Mines : Ultimate R34 : Er, No. The Driving Performer is the ultimate tuned R34 that exists,anyone that has owned one would appreciate just how good the spec of the car really is and why it is superior to the Mines car and just about kills the all round spec of any other R34 I have ever seen.

Mines for GTR's is identical to how Spoon is for Honda's : Make some safe upgrade parts for conservative owners - but actually there isnt anything remotely exciting about them in terms of pushing the boundaries for serious tuning/ers. I suspect most Mines R34 owners have no more than 600hp.

Nice to see you feature the car Dino, bit jealous about you driving it before me :D - I was at HKS a month or so back and saw it again on a flying visit - only trouble is they wont bloody sell it!



The torque listed on the cover is wrong! It´s a very nice feature, though;-)


The only good thing about the HKS DP is just the engine, don't think all the other parts are that interesting lol.

Looking forward to the Mine's feature and are there any more features on any other tuned R34s? MCR perhaps?


amazing car...


Simply Amazing


Awesome car.A living legend didn't this lap tsukuba in the 1 minute range dino?


I'm sure it has more then just 59 lb/ft haha


Oh and a wallpaper of that engine bay would be amazing.


sort of funny, that the car only has 59nm. that's quite a foolish mistake.


2nd pic as a wallpaper please!!!


You guys need to feature some of the R.I.P.S GTR Skylines,they would blow this thing off the road.


I dunno about how "dull" the Mines R34 some might think it is, but it sure is a driving monster! On that note, why SH hasn't it featured? That is one hell of a car! And in my eyes has to be in the top 3 best street R34s of all time!


My guess is that you guys are taking sides because you have mines or hks parts on your cars .Just because the car is japanese doesnt mean there they have to be the best at tuning them .

There is a guy in New Zealand (Robbie Ward)that is one of the best RB builders in the world and has also built some of the most beutiful and savage road legal GTRs in the UK ( That right ,they send car to the other side or the world for him to build)As far as Bang for your Buck ,you can get a 600/700/800 even a 1000hp drivable engines with out having to sell you house , unlike the japanese companys .

A FEATURE ON R.I.P.S and Robbie Ward please !!!

P.S - We also have the worlds fastest drag GTR down here too.


To open the coverage on the HKS Premium Day it only seems fair to first dedicate some space to the best


I got a few requests to post up more coverage from the GT-R track day that I attended back in 2000 at


I got a few requests to post up more coverage from the GT-R track day that I attended back in 2000 at


of all hks products, i love the v cam the most. its the first tuning item that ever lower emission & increase efficiency, which is something so rare in jdm tuning.


the v cam is step 1, step 2 or step pro?


@jason I'm taking a guess that it's Step Pro. I don't see why HKS would "skimp" on that, when they have the best of the best from their parts range for everything else.