2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II – Godzilla Spotted! – Modified Magazine

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2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II – Godzilla Spotted!

If the R34 is the last of the true Godzilla GT-Rs, then this Jakarta-based beast is ready to attack.

Godzilla is, of course, most strongly associated with the land of the rising sun, where this mythical dinosaur/lizard rose from the Sea of Japan after a nuclear explosion (either as a metaphor for the dangers of the atomic age or as a clever way of selling millions of rubber bath toys). But, hey, when you’re a gargantuan T-Rex on nuclear-powered steroids, you need to stretch your legs once in a while — in this case, a 3,500-mile stroll south to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and one of the world’s largest megacities with a population of 28 million.

For Alex Santoso, who works in the specialty chemicals business so he can feed his monster Nissan a steady diet of Japanese go-fast treats, the R34 is the last of the true Godzilla GT-Rs. “To me, the R34 is the last step in the evolution in the original Godzilla GT-R, the R32. For this reason, the R35 will never be as good as the R34, even though it’s faster and more refined and better built. But that’s not the point, and only true GT-R owners and enthusiasts will understand what I’m saying. I also own a R35, but for me the R34 is the last of a very special breed.”

We not only understand what Alex is saying, we also wholeheartedly endorse the ways in which he’s enhanced his R34. But before he was able to put his own spin on this last great GT-R, he had to find one worthy of the build he had in mind for it.

According to Alex, “I’d been looking for a decent R34 since 2004. I wanted a clean, unmolested example, but it wasn’t until 2006 that my cousin told me he saw one at a private importer. I went to take a look thinking it must be used, but to my surprise it had zero miles on it.

I mean, it was a brand-new car! I paid the deposit the very next day.”

As it turns out, even though production of the R34 officially ended in 2002, in 2003 Nismo was given permission by Nissan to source super-clean, low-mileage R34s from their dealership network so they could use them as the basis for 20 Z-Tune models that were to be sold as a celebration of Nismo’s 20th anniversary. Since they sourced quite a few extra chassis’ for this project, the leftovers were refurbished and sold as standard V-Spec IIs, one of which is the car you see here.

Although Alex’s very special V-Spec II may not be able to shoot radioactive rays from its headlights or breathe atomic fumes from its exhaust, with a Tomei Genesis RB28 under the hood it’s definitely powerful enough to shatter asphalt while terrorizing the streets of Jakarta. Stuffed full of carefully balanced forged internals and with twin ARMS B7660 turbos along with a whole host of supporting mods from the best of the best in Japanese tuning, this very special 2.8-liter inline-6 produces a super-heated blast strong enough to rival its dino/lizard namesake and justify its $31,900 USD price tag. This may seem like a hefty price to pay, but as Alex explained, “It’s hard to find someone who knows about the RB engine where I live, so I decided it was smarter to go with a drop-in engine solution capable of meeting my power needs, and the Tomei Genesis was the best option.”

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