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Just reposting what Mr Judge found here about #009 :-

http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/423369-article-nissan-skyline-gt-r-nismo-z-tune-up-purchase-9-19-world-google-page-ranking.html#post4472281



The Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) is one of the most iconic JDM cars in the world. Paul Walker drove a silver and blue one in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and for Initial D fans, Kozo Hoshino from team Purple Shadow piloted a V·Spec II Nür. This makes them highly collectible, and among the many variants that were created, the rarest and priciest of them all is the Nismo Z-tune, and one has popped up for sale. This one here is up for sale for USD$510,000 (RM2,123,155).

The dealer behind this exceptional beast is Contempo Concept HK Motors, which as the name suggests, is based in Hong Kong. The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo Z-tune in this case, is a 2005 model, and only has 3,100 km registered on its mileage. As far as condition goes, this one would certainly be appropriately labelled as ***8220;immaculate.***8221;

But what makes the Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo Z-tune so rare, desirable, and in this instance, ridiculously expensive? Time for a history lesson. The Z-tune was intended to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nismo in 2005, where only 20 units of the special edition will be made during the day. The one on sale here is #9 from that total.

Unfortunately, production of the GF-BNR34 (R34) Skyline GT-R came to an end in 2002. Therefore, Nismo had to purchase 20 used R34 GT-R V-Spec models that needed to have less than 30,000 km on the odometer, and meet strict body and mechanical condition assessments by Nismo be considered to be made into Z-tunes.




Even then, only 12 examples of the 20 were individually-picked and acquired by Nismo (including this one). The remaining examples from number 13 through 20 were donated by owners who wanted to convert their V-Spec to Z-tune cars. Although Nismo planned on building 20 cars, only 19 (including two prototypes) were made before production of the Z-Tune was ceased.

The Z-tune transformation process isn***8217;t by any means simplistic either. Let***8217;s start with the engine, which is based on Nissan***8217;s Le Mans GT2 and GT500 racing experiences. Firstly, the original RB26DETT engine gets bored out from 2.6 litres to a new displacement of 2.8 litres. From there, Nismo provided the Z-tune***8217;s engine with a strengthened block, stroked crankshaft, new forged and fillet-rolled camshafts, forged pistons, IHI turbocharger, new exhaust manifold, carbon-fibre driveshaft, and a redesigned intake plenum.

But wait, that***8217;s not all. The engine is further aided by twin oil coolers, an improved radiator and intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors with a more forceful injection pump and a Z-tune electronic control unit. How dramatic are these modifications? Very. For starters, the heavily-revised engine is now allowed to rev up to 8,000 rpm. As for power, where the standard GT-R V-Spec***8217;s straight-six produced 276 hp, the Z-tune yielded 493 hp along with 540 Nm of torque.

In terms of performance, the Z-tune was capable of hitting the quarter-mile in just 10.06 seconds, according to Nismo. To put that into perspective, the current 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo will make the quarter-mile in 10.80 seconds. Other performance highlights include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is said to be well over 327 km/h.




The engine isn***8217;t the only highlight here. Nismo also completely stripped and rebuilt the car from the chassis up as part of the Z-tune transformation. Nismo engineers reinforced and stiffened the chassis seam welding in key areas, and added carbon-fibre to the strut towers and transmission tunnel and the engine bay. An upgraded suspension setup from Sachs, along with a specially designed Brembo handbrake system are also part of the upgrades.

On the surface, the bodywork also gets redesigned to feature the same functional components used in Nismo***8217;s GT500 race cars, including engine bay vents on the hoods and fenders, plus wider fenders for wider wheels. Also fitted are aggressive new bumpers and adjustable rear wing done in carbon-fibre. Completing the look are 18-inch alloys in black, Z-tune silver paintjob and new front seats.

What makes the Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo Z-tune so special? Well, now you know. Keep in mind that this car can essentially be declared ***8220;handmade,***8221; given the amount of work that has gone into it. However, does the comical price tag justify a car like this?






























 

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How is a car that is more like an ornament a bargain?

Maybe it's me, but I don't get it.

You can't really use it as the bext R34 out there with mega low miles in case something happens to it.
So you would be buying to tuck it away?
I just don't see the point unless it's to tell other people what you've got tucked away and that was never what the GT-R was about.
It's a fast and very nice Nissan.
 

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How is a car that is more like an ornament a bargain?

Maybe it's me, but I don't get it.

You can't really use it as the bext R34 out there with mega low miles in case something happens to it.
So you would be buying to tuck it away?
I just don't see the point unless it's to tell other people what you've got tucked away and that was never what the GT-R was about.
It's a fast and very nice Nissan.
Some people like to own nice things. I guess they'd have a collection of many cars and it gets run maybe once a year.

Doesn't suit me but it takes all sorts.
 

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As far as I know is there one Z Tune in europe, either in greece or italy.
It's owner uses it as it should be as a track day car.

Nice to see that some people use it as it should be, but in the same way it makes me really sad.. :cool:
 

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As far as I know is there one Z Tune in europe, either in greece or italy.
It's owner uses it as it should be as a track day car.

Nice to see that some people use it as it should be, but in the same way it makes me really sad.. :cool:
I think a lot of people feel much the same. Something incredible, rarely sees the light of day.

It would feel better that it was used daily and used for everything, but no doubt it'd be worth very little as a result.
 

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As we mentioned in our Facebook post yesterday the Z-tune really does cause serious differences in opinions. Some guys even going as far as to feel the need to post abusive comments about the seller. In hindsight I feel we should have been far more explicit that we weren't selling this particular Z-tune as its hard not feel that some of the comments were directed specifically at us!

My view is that its without doubt a very special car that will have historical relevance in the years to come. Is £350k a lot for it? I guess it depends on who you're asking but to most its way more than anyone would ever want to spend on a car and in reality could ever afford.

Full discussion here if anyone feels the need to get their opinions across... https://www.facebook.com/torquegt/ :popcorn:
 

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Cyprus, if my memory serves me correctly. Purchased from an Australian owner.
That was it, thanks mate.
And thats another weird feeling to me, a Z Tune on such a small island..

Think about it:
You own a Z Tune, take it to a racetrack
(and there is just one on cyprus:
https://www.google.de/maps/place/Daytona+Raceway/@35.0526515,33.3749638,371m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x14de1eec35f10ce1:0x795004adb90f5ebd!6m1!1e1 )
or drive around on an island as small as a 1/3 of belgium.

Must feel like having a 1.000m long driveway and never be able to leave it..
 

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Cyprus ain't a small Island.

There are people on much much smaller Islands owning very fast GTRs.

Take the UK Channel Islands for example. Very small. And extremely low speed limit aswell.

You can't properly drive a GTR there as there simply isn't enough space and the speed limit is so low you could get caught from a camera due to speeding while walking - LOL
 

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Cyprus ain't a small Island.

There are people on much much smaller Islands owning very fast GTRs.

Take the UK Channel Islands for example. Very small. And extremely low speed limit aswell.

You can't properly drive a GTR there as there simply isn't enough space and the speed limit is so low you could get caught from a camera due to speeding while walking - LOL
its an island no one really notices on a global map,


but despite that, if you had a z tune, you have 2 schools of thought.

keep it and store it, the other is just use it.

suspect at that price, owner will buy for an investment. :wavey:

if i won lottery id buy it

limited numbers :)
 

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Cyprus ain't a small Island.

There are people on much much smaller Islands owning very fast GTRs.

Take the UK Channel Islands for example. Very small. And extremely low speed limit aswell.

You can't properly drive a GTR there as there simply isn't enough space and the speed limit is so low you could get caught from a camera due to speeding while walking - LOL
There is no speed cameras on the channel islands :chuckle:
But you right about everything else :)
Most of us just get into the ferry 1h later we on France :wavey:
French motorways hmmmmm.
 

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There is no speed cameras on the channel islands :chuckle:
But you right about everything else :)
Most of us just get into the ferry 1h later we on France :wavey:
French motorways hmmmmm.
the other is a dusty, turkish outpost

i think you are ok :chuckle:
 

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I know mate, I was just kidding on the cameras - LOL.

I have been on your Islands already, so I know.

You won't be able to fully open up a GTR on there. You are lacking the necessary roads for that.

Still a very nice place to be. :)
 

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I know mate, I was just kidding on the cameras - LOL.

I have been on your Islands already, so I know.

You won't be able to fully open up a GTR on there. You are lacking the necessary roads for that.

Still a very nice place to be. :)
Let me know next time you over :wavey:

It can be frustrating sometimes lack of roads and a cop in every corner:mad:


the other is a dusty, turkish outpost

i think you are ok :chuckle:
No dust or snow over were :chuckle: and lucky enough no car thieves either :)
 
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