We’re fortunate to be in Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia to witness the first driving impression of M7 R600 tuned-up 2008 Nissan Skyline GT-R R35. Sepang International Circuit is F1 circuit is known for its sweeping corners and wide straights and its unusual layout that has a very long back straight separated from the pit straight by one very tight hairpin. Driving the GT-R R600 was no other than Nobuteru Taniguchi. The name that’s synonymous with top race car driver. There was no one better to test drive the M7 R600 tuned GT-R.
The black Nissan GT-R was prepared by M7 engineers before going down the track for test drive. All of us were certain that Taniguchi was not going to hold back driving the R600 GT-R on one of the most unique circuit.
Besides M7 Bride seat, carbon fiber front under lip, side-skirt, rear under spoiler, the GT-R looked and sounded factory. Under the frame, the GT-R had M7 Titan muffler which featured Titanium burnt tip appearance coupled by M7 high-flow center pipe to soothe the exhaust bottleneck. Under the hood, the GT-R still owner still kept the car in fairly low profile with M7 power flow filter, hyper sound blow-off valve, M7 actuator and M7 camshaft. Lubricating the twin-turbo engine was M7 1000HP Pro Racing oil with the M7 GT magnet type oil filter. As the GT-R is pushing 613HP with the tune from M7, cooling and stopping the 3800 lbs machine is essential. Cooling the VR38DETT engine is M7 super cooling radiator coolant, M7 oil catch can and M7 competition type-R intercooler kit. Stopping the GT-R is M7 7000C brake pads made for brembo caliper with the M7 Super B5 brake fluids. Handling the power from the engine is the M7 high-performance damper kit.
Besides sporting M7 Bride seats signed by Taniguchi, the GT-R had the M7 super throttle controller and Electronic Boost Controller (E-BC) inside the cabin. As far as engine dress-up, the GT-R puts on M7 engine oil cap and radiator cap.
The R600 GT-R puts almost 613 HP and 672 Nm (Approximately 495 ft/lbs) of torque on the dyno and it was time to test the GT-R on one of the most difficult track in the world. In no time Taniguchi had disappeared into the track and completed 3 full laps.
2008 Nissan Skyline GT-R factory power and torque rating is 480HP and 430 ft/lbs respectively. To achieve gain of almost 133 HP from virtually camshaft replacement, intercooler upgrade and ECU tuning is remarkable. It’s without question that this upgrade still maintained the GT-R daily drive-ability for daily driver customers and the M7 high flow muffler sounded like factory exhaust.