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400R : Nismo R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Sean Morris Posted on May 25, 2020

400R R33 GT-R for sale at auction

The Nismo 400R, was a complete car offered by Nismo based on the R33 GT-R platform. When they say complete car, they mean one that has been modified from stock, and in the case of the 400R, the modifications were fairly extensive.  There were a very limited number of 400R's produced. The number most often used is 44 cars, but GT-R Registry says 40 cars.  The base price when new as 12,000,000 yen or about $110,000 USD in 1996. 

RB-X engine

The RB-X did not come with a Nismo collector. That came much later. This car also has a oil/water laminova on it. 

The 400R featured the RB-X engine, 2.8 liters, up from the standard 2.6 liters, and 400 ps vs the stock "280 ps" rating.  A twin plate clutch, carbon fiber driveshaft, and Bilsten shock absorbers are but a few of the modifications under the 400R. 

Even though the 400R were sold 1997 to 1998, the first known production 400R chassis #02 was manufactuered in March 1996.  The last known car #040 was manufactuered in October 1998. 

400r at Pikes Peak

A 400R even raced at Pikes Peak

Buying one of these 400R in 2020 or 2021 is very difficult. With such a limited number of cars, you have to be willing to pay what someone wants for a vehicle, and accept that some vehicles are just not for sale.  Once the 400R starts turning 25 years old in 2021, it is likely that we will see at least one or two in the US. If you are looking to secure a 400R for yourself, contact us for more information.  844-523-2233 or sales@importavehicle.com


NISMO 400R Main Specs
 NISMO 400RR33 (GT-R)
standard model
400R difference
1Overall length 4,675mm 4,675mm  
Overall width 1,830mm 1,780mm Extension of 50mm because of overfender
Overall height 1,330mm 1,360mm Improvement in stability and controllability through improved position
Wheelbase 2,720mm 2,720mm  
TreadFR 1,500mm 1,480mm Change of wheel offset:
30mm to 20mm
RR 1,510mm 1,490mm  
Vehicle height reduction 30mm   Improvement in stability and controllability through improved position
Minimum ground clearance 105mm 135mm  
Vehicle weight 1,550kg 1,540kg  
2Engine RB-X GT2 RB26DETT Increased displacement, improvement of RB26
Type/cylinder count Water-cooled, inline 6-cylinder DOHC Water-cooled, inline 6-cylinder DOHC  
CylinderInternal diameter x travel 87.0 x 77.7 86.0 x 73.7  
Displacement 2,771cc 2,568cc  
Pressure ratio 8.5 8.5  
Max. output 400/6800ps/rpm 280/6800ps/rpm  
Max. torque 47.8/4400kg-m/rpm 36.0/4500kg-m/rpm Ease of handling through increased low-speed torque
Boost pressure 1.1kg/• 0.6kg/•  
Power-weight ratio 3,88kg/ps 5.50kg/ps  
3Head gasket NISMO metal gasket,
Ø87, 1.2mm
Graphite, 1.2mm Increased strength to handle larger bore
Camshaft Standard Standard  
 Operating angle 60-60 60-60  
Valve spring Standard Standard  
Oil cooler Air-cooled oil cooer Water-cooled oil cooker Improved cooling efficiency
Oil pump Standard sintered gear Standard sintered gear  
4Turbocharger N1 spec metal turbine and reinforced actuator R33 GT-R standard unit  
Intercooler NISMO high-strength, option Standard (in front of radiator) Increased cooling performance by increase of intercooler size
Catalyst Low-pressure, high-efficiency, intake/exhaust diameter Ø80 Standard Engine output improved, exhaust efficiency improved
Exhaust muffler *400R-exclusive titanium,
Ø60 dual
Standard Pleasing exhaust sound, increased performance, reduced weight
5ECCS *400R-exclusive computer R33 GT-R standard Provides control of high-performance engine
 Pressure regulators Standard Standard  
Fuel pump Standard Standard  
6Clutch NISMO 8.5-inch pull-type twin plate, lightweight chromoly flywheel Ø 250pull-type single plate Provides ease of operation of increased transmission forces resulting from torque, along with light peddle pressure
7Transmission FS5R30A-standard FS5R30A-standard  
Driveshaft *400R-exlcusive carbon Standard Weight reduction
8Brakes Standard (Brembo) Standard (Brembo)  
Master cylinder stopper NISMO original Standard Provides rigid pedal feel
Brake pads NISMO original (Type 2) Standard Cover everything from street to sport driving
9Suspension NISMO stationary shock absorbers Standard stationary shock absorbers Bilstein
Springs NISMO original “Type D” Standard FR: 7K, RR: 8K
Engine mount Includes reinforced mount Standard Reinforced to handle increased engine torque
Bushings, insulators Includes reinforced bushings Standard Provides direct handling
10Wheels 10JJ 18 9JJ 17 18-inch, 3-piece forged wheels
Tires 275/35-18 245/45R17 High-performance tires
11ExteriorAero parts NISMO Original aero Standard Improved aerodynamic force efficiency, cooling ability
Front bumper Standard Designed for air-cooled oil cooler
Front grille, front lip, side step Standard Sharp design and improved cooling performance
Rear bumper, spoiler Standard Improved aerodynamic force efficiency, greater sense of stability
Hood *400R-exclusive type Standard Improvement of cooling efficiency
Over-fender *400R-exclusive Standard Each side 25mm
Tower bar Titanium construction Standard Extra-reinforced design
Ornament *400R-exclusive Standard *400R-exclusive ornament, badge
Rocker cover *400R-exclusive Standard Reinforced during NISMO tuning
InteriorMeter panel *400R-exclusive
Standard NISMO combination meter with NISMO logo (black)
Seats Embroidered with NISMO name Standard Provides that extra sense of “NISMO”
Rear seat *400R-exclusive
Rear cover change
Standard Black
Headliner *Color to match seats Standard Black
12Headlight system *H.I.D. lighting system Standard Improved safety during nighttime driving


Source : Nismo 400RGT-R Registry

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