Monday, January 10, 2011
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.