We all remember that “one night at the drags” when Godzilla itself made an appearance. Some of us got to witness the beast first hand and those who did will remember the tragic ending. Nabeel Ismail was one of the lucky few who was there that night and for him it was love at first sight. This legendary Nissan Skyline BNR34 GTR VSPEC2NUR, owned by Abdullah Sindhi, was the very reason for starting his Instagram page known as DBN Auto (@dbnauto) and also the reason behind his passion for GTR’s. Little did he know he would get the opportunity to do a full photoshoot on his dream car just two years later.
Now fully repaired and badder than ever, this beastly GTR is powered by a RB26 engine, a Brian Crower 2.9 stroker kit, Nismo N1 block, Greddy intake, an Endyne tuned cyclinder head, Nismo carbon drive shafts & propshaft, and a Garret GTX4202R Turbo for that extra bit of BOOST! Who said money can't buy happiness?
An Apexi N1 Exhaust system carries the gas from the powerhouse under the hood through its journey out the tail pipe.
An Ohlins Coilover Suspension kit has been equipped to maximize the friction between the HRE P40 Monoblock Wheels and the road surface, resulting in a smoother and faster driving experience, and a Varis Big Brake Kit ensures this beast comes to a halt as quick as it takes off!
Abdullah opted to keep the interior stock for the most part and only added a black Alcantera Sued Interior which keeps things simple yet classy.
Brian Crower 2.9 stroker | Nismo N1 block | Greddy intake | Garret GTX4202R Turbo | Endyne tuned cyclinder head | Olhens coilover suspension | Nismo carbon drive shafts & propshaft | OEM HRE P40 Monoblock Wheels | Full Alcentera interior | Vari big brake upgrade kit | Apexi N1 Exhaust System | Z-Tune Aero Kit
Overall, this car is a dream come true and Abdullah is enjoying every bit of it! He plans to continue turning heads and blowing eardrums with no intention of selling anytime soon.
Photos by MNI Photography
A prized possession is often passed down through the family to continue its legacy in a new generation – this mint Corolla RXI was no exception for the Surju family. Bought in 2006 by Kimesh Surju, the car was handed down to Vikesh Surju in 2010 who again handed it down in 2012, this time to Prenesh Surju who is still the proud owner to this day.
These 3 passionates are responsible for all mods that the car now sports but credit ultimately goes to their old school car enthusiast father ‘Ravesh Surju’ who started his passion for modding cars at the tender age of 18. He’s a supportive dad to these young men and he's always willing to give a helping hand when necessary.
Looking from behind, you'll see that this RXI has received a custom rear bumper that has been tweaked even further. It now has mesh inserts with a molded in lower lip and has been flattened to give it that flush look.
Up front we have a debadged mesh grill and smoked headlights. The headlights are enhanced further with the introduction of an H.I.D kit that lightens the road ahead when Prenesh decides to shoot by.
This beauty has been resprayed in factory blue with silver flakes that have resulted in this car taking home the Midas Show & Shine Facebook competition title, and Prenesh has plans to win many more competitions in future.
Wheel wise, Prenesh decided to keep it OEM and swapped out the Twin Spokes for the much loved Blade rims which are mated to 195/50/15 Bridgestone tyres. Thus resulting in a clean style that’s not too over the top.
Performance wise, the cars 20v lump has received a Primaforce 57-60mm Exhaust, Vernier Pulleys and Intake. The stock standard ECU is still in play.
Audio wise, the car has been fitted with a Pioneer MP3 USB head-unit upfront with Pioneer 6inch mids and 6x9s, as well as a set of tweeters for them high notes. No subs, because sub + box = weight. Racers should know what I’m on about…
Prenesh aims to be one of the few fast stock ECU, fully trimmed, daily driven 20v's in Durban. He plans to install BC Racing Coilovers as well as some TODA headwork in the near future so this definitely won’t be the last we see of this RXI!
Photography by Vitesh Sampath | Words by Andhisha Cassilall & Vitesh Sampath