Super Street Network

 |   |  Tokyo 2008 Auto Salon - Nissan GT-R

Tokyo 2008 Auto Salon - Nissan GT-R

Japanese Tuners Are Already Riding The First Wave Of The Biggest Super Car To Hit Our Scene Since The R34. Greddy Serves Up Our Pick For The Hottest R35 GT-R Of The Tokyo Auto Salon

Jonathan Wong
May 1, 2008
Photographer: Wes Allison
Sstp_0805_01_z+2008_nissan_gtr+side_view_greddy Photo 1/18   |   Tokyo 2008 Auto Salon - Nissan GT-R

The one car on everyone's minds at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon was the one car that everyone's been dreaming about since Nissan unveiled it at last year's Tokyo Motor Show: the R35 GT-R. We knew that it would serve as the halo car for any premiere tuner but how modified they would be we weren't sure. There were strong rumors that Nissan Japan put out an executive call to all tuners to not tune these; they didn't want 1,000hp successors to the legendary R34. Some even hinted that Nissan would void any warranties if the onboard GPS sensors detected that the car had visited any of the racetracks in the country*; others claimed warranties would be void if new wheels were installed or if parts were removed**. Suddenly, the chances of seeing any tuned GT-Rs were becoming few-to-none.

Sstp_0805_02_z+2008_nissan_gtr+front_view Photo 2/18   |   Tokyo 2008 Auto Salon - Nissan GT-R

But luckily, the R35 GT-R came out strong at TAS and, as expected, most were mildly tuned, given the fact that the car had only been released in November, which meant zero time for product development. On one side of the spectrum, companies who were more show/aesthetics oriented gave the R35 a set of wheels and light graphics; the more hardcore tuners or parts manufacturers did the same but added in key essentials, like bolt in blow-off valves, exhaust, suspension pieces or brake kits. Most found little trouble in the parts they had developed up until then and it looks like those warranties are still unaffected. We overheard one tuner was contacted because they had taken the dashboard out, but it did not necessitate any warranty issues. Few had aero parts and it's hard to see why anyone would want to mess with the factory goods (this will inevitably change in the near future). That's why we give major props to GReddy for turning out a very clean version 1.0 of the GT-R.

Sstp_0805_03_z+2008_nissan_gtr+exhaust Photo 3/18   |   Tokyo 2008 Auto Salon - Nissan GT-R

Why? Even though some tuners have posted quick lap times at Tsukuba, those cars still look as if they've never been touched. You couldn't miss GReddy's GT-R because it was the best all-around, considering it had the most ostentatious look with its new all-over killer graphics design (keep in mind most GT-Rs looked bone stock) that really made it stand out, a fat Tan-ei-sya wheel package and a lightweight, titanium exhaust that'll kick you into boner jam mode with a quickness. If Version 1.0 of GReddy's GT-R is this good, then we're sure the update with more performance parts will be red hot.

It's a good thing those R35 tuning rumors were just that-rumors. Well, to a certain degree. So far it seems the tuning urban legends are valid in Japan; our fate has yet to be determined.

Fast Facts
'08 Nissan GT-R R35
Owner GReddy Japan
Hometownnarita, Japan
Daily Grind Parts developer
Under The Hood 3.8L VR38DETT engine; GReddy Power Extreme titanium exhaust
Stiff Stuff OEM Nissan
Stoppers OEM Brembo
Rollers Tan-ei-sya RATSEL S18 wheels; Bridgestone Potenza tires
Outside GReddy graphics
www greddy.com; taneisya.co.jp

By Jonathan Wong
459 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

There aren't that many great British car designers, but Ian Callum is definitely one of them.
Colin RyanAug 28, 2015
We bring you random happenings in imports, tuners, drifting and street racing on this week in review.
Aug 28, 2015
Japanese-spec 2016 Honda CR-Z hybrid gets upgrades in performance, appearance, and convenience
Bob HernandezAug 28, 2015
40 years of BMW 3, Russian tuners Top Car, 700-hp 135i for $40K, Ferrari at Laguna Seca, and more in the September 2015 issue of European Car
Bob HernandezAug 28, 2015
Rear-drive coupe becomes slightly more affordable.
Jason UdyAug 27, 2015

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search

SuperStreet Instagram

Does it drive as good as it looks? Yes it does! #superstreet #drivingisbelieving #bmwi8 #azusacanyon

TO TOP