Your chance to buy a rare and individually numbered Nismo road car

And it's even got the heart of a racing car too – a motorsport-grade 3.8-litre stroker!

Nissan Motorsport – or Nismo – don’t get out of bed very often to build road cars.

I mean, why would it? Nismo is the apex of Nissan performance, and its incredibly intelligent staff much prefer building the fastest race cars on the planet instead.

Stuff like Nissan’s Le Mans cars, touring cars, or anything that lusts for a chequered flag. Having to build a road car with regulation headlights, emergency braking systems and other boring crap is the anthesis of Nismo’s pursuits.

However, it’ll occasionally give its fans what they want and sprinkle some Motorsport magic on a Nissan road car – like this Nismo 380 RS. Back in 2007, Nissan wanted to go racing with its 350Z and ‘VQ35’ 3.5-litre V6 powertrain.

However, local touring car racing and other forms of Japanese motorsport allowed for bigger motors. It meant Nissan’s weeny 3.5-litre motor simply didn’t cut the mustard and would’ve failed to be highly competitive.

What Nissan did was send the lot to Nismo for sorting out. What Nismo did was take the 3.5-litre block and fit it with a forged-aluminium crankshaft modelled off the 4.0-litre ‘long stroke’ version of the same ‘VQ’ engine.

With the cylinder bores left alone, final displacement comes in at 3.8-litres. It also filled the bottom end with an exotic and weight-matched rotating assembly featuring forged pistons, rods, and pins.

The engine was primarily made to win races – including a 24-hour endurance race – which it did in the following year. Two years later, a Nismo 380 RS won its class in Super Taikyu touring cars too – the first Japanese car to do in the modern era.

The car pictured – 2008 Nismo 380 RS

Our Nismo 380RS is number 173 of 263 built – and one of 61 ever finished in ‘Diamond Black’.

Its 3.8-litre engine shares over 65 per cent of its parts with the racing car’s engine. The main differences include exhaust and inlet manifolds to suit road vehicle emissions laws.

In road car trim, this Nismo 380 RS produces a hefty 257kW/397Nm – sent through a six-speed manual and then a rear LSD differential. The bodywork you see is original too, as Nismo fitted the 380 RS with a bespoke racing-inspired aero kit to match its racing car heart.

When a Nismo R34 Skyline GT-R Z-Tune costs well over seven figures, cars like the Nismo 380 RS make a lot of sense. With examples already becoming hard to procure from Japan, the Nismo 380 RS makes for the ideal modern classic you can drive, enjoy, watch appreciate over the longer term.

There are around five examples currently in Australia – and this one is arguably the finest. The Nismo LM GT4 wheels are included in the cost – as are the originals.

Quick facts

  • 2008 Nismo 380 RS
  • One of 263 ever made
  • One of 61 ever made in black!
  • Limited-run Nismo factory car
  • 257kw/397Nm 3.8-litre stroked VQ engine
  • 67,200km
  • Original paintwork and interior
  • Six-speed manual with Limited slip differential
  • Vehicle includes Nismo LM GT4 wheels + original Rays Engineering wheels
  • Japanese de-registration paperwork, auction paperwork and service history available
  • This vehicle is located in our NSW showroom and can be test driven by appointment
  • This vehicle is currently NSW registered until mid 2024.
The stage for testing the 3.8-liter engine was the 2006 Tokachi 24-hour Race; in it, two Fairlady Zs ended the race in top positions, proving the functionality and strengthened reliability of the engine. The goal was to provide the potential and quality demanded in racing, and the durability for use on the street.
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