1998 Nissan Gloria (Y34) – Rolling In The Deep – Super Street Magazine

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Nissan Gloria

Start In the VIP, Add a Splash of SR20DET = Party Rockin’.

Gloria? Say who, or what? It’s Nissan’s plusher, JDM version of the Infiniti M but it’s not exactly a car we would consider thrilling—or so we thought.

You see, when you get rid of its original V6 and replace it with a highly-tuned 500hp SR20DET, then it becomes a lot more interesting. As Takanori Yoshida of Super Made explains, “These big Y34s are getting ridiculously cheap in Japan, hit by the usual depreciation big sedans of this kind suffer from.” He thought he would do something totally different and turn one of these grandpa mobiles into a dedicated drift car.

Osaka is the place where VIP-style originated from, back in the early 90s when Junction Produce began experimenting with big Toyota and Nissan sedans. Take a trip to the city and it’s obvious just how popular and widespread the style is these days, as slammed Crown Majestas and Cimas prowl the streets with their big, deep-dished wheels and fear inducing tinted windows.

With more sedans making their way to the drift world, we’ve seen an evident fusion of styles and trends as these cruisers become weekend drift machines. This is probably what inspired Yoshida-san to attempt something of his own, and in the process designed an all-new Super Made Instant Gentleman body kit for the Y34. The aesthetic changes are buttery smooth, adding sharp flavor to the redesigned front bumper, which sports larger openings and a pair of integrated foglights.

The car is used daily, and pretty much drifted daily, too; if Yoshida-san happens to find a deserted stretch of road, he isn’t going to pass up the opportunity to swing the rear end out wide. Which kind of explains the scars but then again a drift car without battle damage isn’t very authentic! The Instant Gentlemen treatment moves on to the profile, where taller side skirts help bring the whole car closer to the ground.

And with aero-scraping VIP looks comes the drift stance, obtained by running 18-inch satin black Work Meister S1s at each corner, wrapped in stretched 225/40 Federal RSR tires.

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1998 Nissan Gloria (Y34)

Owner Takanori Yoshida

Hometown Osaka, Japan

Occupation Owner and designer at super made

Power 500hp and 350lb-ft at 1.5-bar of boost

Engine Super Made custom SR20DET conversion with custom engine mounts; HKS stainless steel exhaust manifold, GT3037S turbine, external wastegate, front pipe, SPF foam filter and 800cc injectors; Super Made oil catch tank, custom exhaust system and intake pipe; Blitz intercooler; NISMO in-tank fuel pump; custom-mounted Koyo race radiator; Trust oil cooler

Drivetrain Nissan Z32 5-speed transmission, custom transmission mounts; Exedy triple-plate carbon clutch and lightweight flywheel; ATS 2-way LSD, 4.6 final drive

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Engine Management A’PEXi Power FC; Trust Profec B boost controller

Footwork  Chassis 326 Power adjustable suspension; S14 adjustable lower arms and tension rods; modified suspension mounts

Brakes R32 Skyline 4-pot front brake calipers, Project µ brake pads; Yahoo Auction handbrake lever

Wheels  Tires Work Meister S1 18×9 (front), 18×10 (rear), Federal RSR 225/40R18 (front rear)

Exterior Super Made Instant Gentleman body kit, including front bumper, side skirts, rear fenders, roof spoiler, carbon roof and rear bumper; Infiniti rear emblem

Interior Bride GIASII bucket seats and low-mount seat rails; Willans harness; TRA Kyoto steering wheel, custom side brake conversion; Auto meter tachometer; Trust shift knob

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