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.”
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.
With Tomei’s Genesis monster lurking under the hood, you know this Indonesian brute was going to get a suitably aggressive set of upgrades inside and out. But rather than going with some sort of over-the-top body kit, Alex paid homage to his R34’s unique origin by giving it a healthy dose of Nismo tuning. For starters, there’s a R-tune dry-carbon-fiber hood, the rarity of which is only surpassed by its price tag. The carbon-fiber accents continue in the form of Nismo B-pillar garnishes and rear winglet, along with Ganador sideview mirrors and an Attain exhaust guard. Matte-black 19-inch Volk Racing TE37s tie in beautifully with all the carbon fiber, while the Z-tune front bumper and fenders, side skirts, LED taillights and rear bumper extension complete the Nismo exterior treatment.
Inside, Alex has kept the upgrades equally clean and purposeful, completing what must surely be the finest R34 in the world’s second largest urban center. As you’d expect, there’s a Nismo titanium shift knob and 320 km/h gauge cluster in place of the standard pieces. It’s also impossible not to appreciate the Bride Stradia II carbon-Kevlar seats, a couple of “holding monsters” that are totally in character for this autogodzilla. And given Alex’s penchant for the highest quality JDM goodies, it should come as no surprise that a full host of Defi gauges have found their way on board, as have an A’PEXi Power FC Commander and turbo timer along with a TEIN EDFC and SkyLab torque split controller.
Some GT-R purists out there are probably upset to see one of the extremely rare Nismo anniversary V-Spec IIs undergoing any sort of modification, but as Godzilla might have said just before kicking King Kong in the plums, “Hey, look, there’s Sofia Vergara in a bikini!” That’s right, we appreciate unmodified beauty like Sofia’s, but GT-Rs are made to be tuned and Alex’s R34 has improved on this “best in breed” in all the right ways. Call it Megazilla or Tomeisaurus, but whatever name it goes by, we’re just glad we spotted it.
Specs & Details
'02 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II
Engine 2.6-liter RB26DETT turbocharged inline-6
Engine Modifications Tomei RB28 Genesis engine; ARMS B7660 turbochargers, turbo outlets, exhaust manifold, fuel rail & 276-lph fuel pump; HKS Twin Power CDI, Air Flow Meter adapter, Type-R intercooler & Type-R BOVs; SplitFire coil pack; Trust oil cooler & oil filter relocation kit; Tabata radiator & breather tank; Garage Defend carbon-fiber cooling panel; ARC induction box 100mm Super Titanium muffler & oil catch tank; Bosch 044 secondary fuel pumps; ATL 1.5-liter fuel surge tank; Power Enterprise 1,000cc fuel injectors; SARD adjustable FPR; K&N filter element; Nismo hard-pipe kit & N1 front pipe
Drivetrain Ogura Triple Plate clutch & flywheel; TORQline CS composite prop shaft
Engine Management A’PEXi Power FC ECU (D-Jetronic), Power FC Commander & turbo timer; HKS EVC5 boost controller
Suspension TEIN MonoFlex coilovers; Nismo chassis braces (f/r); HKS Kansai strut brace; Cusco adjustable front upper arms, rear upper arms, rear toe rods & HICAS removal kit
Wheels, Tires & Brakes Volk Racing 19x10.5" +12 matte-black TE37 wheels & lightweight aluminum lugnuts; Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 275/30R19 tires; AP Racing 6-pot 355mm front brakes; 4-pot 330mm rear brakes; braided SS brake lines
Exterior Nismo R-Tune dry-carbon hood, Nismo Z-Tune fenders & front bumper; Nismo side skirts, rear bumper extensions, carbon B-pillar garnishes, dry-carbon rear winglet & LED taillight clusters; Ganador carbon wing mirrors; Attain carbon exhaust guard; ARC rear diffuser
Interior Nismo 320 km/h gauge cluster & titanium shift knob; Bride Stradia II carbon-Kevlar seats; TEIN EDFC, Defi Controller 2, BF boost meter, fuel pressure meter & oil pressure meter; SkyLab torque split controller; Pivot sequential shift lights
Special Thanks Destroyah, King Kong, Megalon & Mothra for the competition; Nimso for the Z-tune program & the extra V-Spec IIs