Monday, January 10, 2011

Veryon Slayer?

It seems that the guys at AMS tuning out of West Chicago, Illinois, have devised the means to outperform the world heavyweight champ.  The AMS GT-R has been recorded pulling away from the Bugatti Veyron in the 1/4 mile drag race.  The performance numbers are staggering for a twin-turbo V6, nearly identical specs as the Veyron's W16 quad-turbo monster.  The AMS "Alpha 9" is a $21,999.00 aftermarket kit for the Nissan GT-R.  That being said, the grand total for the package including the GT-R price is between $100,000 and $120,000 (depending on the year of GT-R, 80-90k).  SO...for the price of a Porsche 911 Turbo, you could have transformed the GT-R into a world beater. 
The GT-R was originally created to go head to head with the Porsche Turbo and early claims were that it was faster around the Nurburgring.  Also it costs 30-40k less, and therefore, the better performance value.  Now it is doing it again, only this time going against the Veyron, a millon dollar+ car, and top speed holder (SS model).
That's the one drawback, it seems.  All the money savings does become evident when it comes to outright top speed.  Of course a W16 quad-turbo will have a higher top end than a V6 twin-turbo any day of the the week.  The AMS Alpha 9 will pull 141MPH in the 1/4 mile with 9 second times, and blasts through the standing mile at 205MPH. 
As far as a usable performance variable, we all know that much higher than 200MPH is nearly unobtainable in the real world, yet the GT-R remains composed enough to drive everyday, much like the Veryon.
Yes, the Veyron SS is faster and lighter still, but will set you back a cool 2 million.  For that money you could have a whole fleet of awesome tuners which are still faster than 99.999% of the cars on the road.

AMS Performance

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