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Nissan GT-R: the sky is the limit


OFF THE shelf, a stock standard Nissan GT-R boasts the following figures, 0-100 in 3.4sec, 1/4-mile in 11.20 seconds and a maximum speed limited to 315km/h. Those figures put the GT-R in the company of supercars and it can hold its own against mean machines like those out of the Lamborghini and Ferrari stables.

Imagine the shock when flying in your Lambo at a speed only gods travel, and to see a pimped up Datsun sitting on your tail… indicating it wants to pass!

That’s what a GT-R can do, and to add insult to injury, the car costs a fraction of the price of anything else able of such performance.

Alpha and Omega of upgrades

But for some whack head speed freaks those times are not enough. For them a standard Nissan GT-R is just a blank canvas.

The car’s platform, a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 on an all-wheel drive suspension setup, can be pushed to the dark side of speed, and that is exactly what some GT-R owners are doing.

While there are many performance upgrade parts and packs available for the GT-R R35, the most popular is the ‘Alpha Packages’ supplied by AMS Performance from Chicago.

For the GT-R, AMS’s performance upgrade kits start with the Alpha 6 Package, and from there the sky’s the limit, almost, with the Alpha 7, -9, -10, -12, -16 and AMS’s latest wizardry the Alpha Omega Package (2000hp plus).

In short, the number of the package refers to the increased result in horsepower.

With an Alpha 6 package, the GT-R’s 397kW is boosted by various means to a cool 486kW.

An Alpha 6 Package includes the following:

  • 90mm resonated mid-pipe (Race version available)
  • 90mm Downpipes
  • HKS Legamax exhaust system
  • Cobb AccessPORT tuning system
  • Calibration map
  • HKS Super Hybrid air filters

Mind boggling Alpha Omega pack

A GT-R with the Alpha 6 Pack can run a quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds, proven worldwide, and according to AMS the pack was designed to ‘Optimise your Nissan GT-R by unleashing the power that the factory held back’.

The Nissan factory in Yokohama, where the GT-R is built, apparently holds back a lot of power because AMS’ new Alpha Omega Pack is capable of generating a mind boggling, gobsmacking, terrifying 1840hp plus.

That is 1372kW!

This graph shows to what levels an Alpha 16 pack boosts the stock standard GTR’s outputs. In white is a ‘normal’ GTR, the solid line being kW and the dotted line the torque. In red are the GTR with Alpha 16 Pack’s outputs.

An Alpha Omega GT-R recently ran the quarter-mile in a record breaking 7.48 seconds, reaching 310.4km/h in doing so.

To put that in perspective I will compare it to my own performance tests which I conduct with the assistance of Zahid Hassim, drag- and track racing specialist.

Our record holder is the new C63 AMG S, the Benz’ 4.0-litre, bi-turbo V8 blasting down the 1600m in 11.98 seconds with a top speed 193.8km/h.

That is very, very fast but compared to the Alpha 16 GT-R, the C63’s performance sounds ‘pedestrian’.

Bugatti Veyron slayer

The Alpha 16 kit is an extensive upgrade in which just about every crucial component, from major engine parts like the cylinder head and manifold to the software, are replace with stronger, more advanced parts.

It is a complete overhaul which costs as much as the car itself. The result is a hyper car which runs a 0-100 km/h in 1.63 seconds!

A 96-209km/h acceleration comparison of the AMS Alpha 16 GT-R pitted against the world’s fastest hyper cars and even a bike looks like this:

AMS Alpha 16 GT-R 2.6 sec
Bugatti Veyron 5.6 sec
Suzuki GSXR1000 5.9 sec
Ferrari Enzo 7.3 sec
Porsche Carrera GT 7.3 sec
Lamborghini LP640 7.8 sec

Frankenstein’s monster

At AMS Performance’s head office in Chicago there is currently another Frankenstein’s GT-R monster in the making.

Dubbed the ‘Alpha G’ and commissioned by a US drag racing fanatic, this GT-R will be boosted by AMS to deliver an insane 1864kW at the wheels.

The tuning company will outfit the car with its bespoke Alpha VR38 (3.8-litre) billet engine block, joined with two massive forward-facing Garrett GTX turbo-chargers.

The Nissan GT-R platform seems to have no limitations when it comes to performance upgrades.

In SA a company called NXGen is the only AMS Alpha approved tuning company on the African continent.

The Fastest Street car in SA is an Alpha 16 (1600hp) Nissan GT-R R35 by NXGen.

This car has it’s full interior and trim, air conditioning and power steering, plus an added bolt in roll cage for safety.

It currently runs an 8.8 second quartermile, and is capable of reaching 346km/h in 1km from standstill.

Article written by Val van der Walt
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Submitted: 24-01-2018