On the original Zero-R, two reclining Recaro seats replaced the stock items. However, on this particular car the owner has just fitted a BNR34 seat on the driver side, which he is trying out for a bit before making his final selection on seat choice. Ahhh, must be nice to have money. Gauge-wise, the 360 km/h rated speedo and other meters have been left untouched; and are now joined by a host of modern toys like a set of Defi gauges, the HKS Black Limited EVC boost controller, HKS torque split controller and the HKS V-Cam unit. To keep an eye on Kobe's traffic, an Alpine hard-disk navigation system takes center stage in the interior; while small details like the HKS shift knob and HKS Zero-R original steering wheel finish things off.

But, no matter how many promises and talk of numbers or power curves, there is nothing like taking a car for a drive to find out what it's really like. Could this be the ultimate street GT-R? Wishing to find an answer we kindly accepted the keys to the Zero-R from Mr. Kikuchi, who let us take the car for a very memorable drive. It's special to drive a Zero-R: there are only two on the road in Japan, and the latest modifications have transformed it into a spectacular ride. As with every 2.8-liter GT-R, you feel the extra capacity the instant you get on the gas. The engine feels gutsier and more willing to pull at lower rpm. But, the Zero-R has a few tricks up its sleeve thanks to the V-Cam. This little gadget maximizes engine breathing continuously, boosting power and torque at every engine speed; but it's from 2,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm that you really feel it work.

GT2530s might be one of the smallest turbine kits you can put on an RB26; but on a 2.6-liter engine without variable valve timing, they always feel very laggy until about 4,500 rpm when they begin to generate some real boost. On the Zero-R they come into play at 3,000 rpm with well over 1 bar of boost available. Out on the streets, this translates to immediate acceleration no matter what gear you're in. But it's when you really tap into those 600 PS that the Zero-R begins to fly. Despite the maps on the HKS F Con V-Pro not being fully refined yet, there is an impressively smooth and unrelentless power delivery. Needless to say, 600 PS is a hell of a lot of power; and it's almost comical when you look at the needle on the speedometer rise. The BNR34 Getrag transmission feels just perfect with a nice and tight shift pattern making the best of all the engine's capabilities. The AP Racing brakes offer a strong bite at any speed, just make sure you look in the rearview mirror before jumping on them.

HKS has definitely made one of the most impressive GT-Rs out there. Sure there are more powerful ones, but finding such widespread electrifying performance is not as easy. Having accessible power in any gear and at any speed is precisely what makes the Zero-R such an exhilarating drive. The most ultimate GT-R ever? We certainly think so.

Specs

HKS zero-rMax Power: 600 PS @ 7,400 rpm

Engine
Nismo GT Block
HKS 2.8 L kit (forged pistons, H-type conrods, crank)
HKS metal head gasket
HKS oil pump
Ported and polished head
HKS V Cam System for intake cam
Nismo GT intake plenum
HKS GT2530 turbines x2
HKS actuators
HKS complete piping kit
HKS SPF filters
HKS R-type intercooler
HKS front pipes
HKS sports catalizer
HKS Zero-R special twin exit exhaust system
Large core Koyo radiator
HKS Zero-R green engine covers
HKS F-Con V Pro (airflow-less)
Transmission
Nismo Copper mix clutch
BNR34 stock Getrag 6-speed transmission
3.9 final gear
Suspension & Brakes
HKS Hyper Max II Zero-R SPL
Nismo front & rear circuit links with stiffer bushes
HKS Kansai Service front strut tower bar
AP Racing 6-pot front calipers with 355 mm rotor
AP Racing 4-pot rear calipers with 330 mm rotor
Wheels & Tires
Tecnomagnesio 1-piece magnesium-alloy wheels
18"x9" (front & rear)
Yokohama Advan Neova 245/40/18 (front & rear)
Exterior
HKS Zero-R conversion
Front bumper
Front fenders with molded in side skirts
Side aero-skirts
Rear fenders with molded in side skirts, rear bumper and spoiler
Rear bumper with exhaust housing
Rear wing
Zero-R badges
Aluminum fuel cap
Interior
Zero-R custom relocation of fuel tank with custom carpeted
enclosure
Recaro Zero-R Special reclining seats (half leather, half Alcantara)
BNR34 drivers seat (changed by owner)
Zero-R steering wheel
Sablet racing harness
HKS EVC block-limited boost controller
Zero-R main instrumentation
HKS electronic split controller (mounted in glove box)
HKS V-Cam controller (mounted in glove box)
Defi Control Unit II running oil temp., water temp. and oil pressure
gauges (in glove box)
Alpine HDD navigation system
Nismo floor mats
HKS Shift knob

SOURCE
HKS USA
13401 S. Main St.
Los Angeles
CA  90061
3-10/-763-9600
www.hksusa.com