Classic Cars Performance Cars

Introducing 520HP Datsun 280Z with a GT-R engine


Photos by Hani Al-Sultan & Mohammad Al Badeen

Make : Datsun
Model : 280z
Year : 1976

Owner : Mohammed AL-Kharraa
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Member @ Gulf Classic Cars Group (GCCG)

A Rich Mix of Classic Era and Modern Tuning

The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1969 to 1978. Some likes to call it the early generation of nowadays 350/370Z: Nissan’s successful sports coupe. So what happens when you combine the body of a Nissan/ Datsun Z with a GT-R engine? Here’s the result, a 520HP 1976 Datsun 280Z. Some would say this is insane others would say why?

Performance Upgrades

  • Engine swap to a 2.5 L RB25 engine twin-cam TURBO from R33 Skyline.
  • Turbonetics T3 60 Series turbocharger
  • TiAL Sport MVR 44mm Wastegate
  • Full ported head
  • CP-Carrillo forged piston
  • Cometic hi-performance 1.2 head gasket
  • OS GIKEN twin plate aluminum racing clutch
  • Walbro 255 electric fuel pump
  • 700cc injectors
  • OBX Racing Sports Exhaust System

Brakes & Suspension

  • Tokico Illumina Shock – 5-way adjustable suspension
  • Four-piston calipers ceramic disc brakes

Wheels and Tires

  • Rota wheels 16×8.5 front & 16×9 Back
  • Nitto NT555 Tires