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Supercar Envy, Or Not - Editorial

The AMS Alpha 9 GT-R has completely transformed what a GT-R can be, and those driving aids are now an extension of a completely different beast that, all of a sudden, I find myself wanting so much more of.

Peter Tarach
Apr 28, 2011

I’ve driven and ridden in a lot of cars in my life from exotics like the Lamborghini Superleggara LP 570, to barely street legal 1,100hp Toyota Supras yet for some reason the AMS Alpha 9 GT-R that graces this months cover still seems to trump them all.

Truth be told, I’m not even that big a fan of the new GT-R. It’s a beyond-capable machine from the factory, but with all the electronics and telemetry keeping tabs on your driving, I don’t find it as pure and natural a driving experience as I would want.

How my opinion has changed, though

The AMS Alpha 9 GT-R has completely transformed what a GT-R can be, and those driving aids are now an extension of a completely different beast that, all of a sudden, I find myself wanting so much more of.

Modp 1105 02 o+supercar envy+ams gtr Photo 2/2   |   I’m proud there are tuners out there pushing the envelope of what we can do with modern-day cars by modifying them to surpass the limits of the greatest supercars ever built.

To think that what’s essentially a minor turbo upgrade can change the persona of a car such as the GT-R is to think that Lindsay Lohan will ever be normal again. But AMS has defied the odds and built a complete tuning solution that performs like it were straight off the Nissan assembly line, but with Bugatti Veyron performance numbers.

Put that into perspective: a $2-million supercar is going to have to work very hard to beat a $113,000 Alpha 9 GT-R. Yes, I realize the clout of driving a Veyron will never be matched by a GT-R, but I’m not concerned about that. I’m proud there are tuners out there pushing the envelope of what we can do with modern-day cars by modifying them to surpass the limits of the greatest supercars ever built.

And that’s why I’ll have to park an Alpha 9 GT-R in my garage one day; even if I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I probably wouldn’t have enough money to own a Veyron. But a GT-R with 800 real-world, usable horsepower is a dream that really can come true.

A Sneak Peek At Excerpts From This Issue

Integrated into the naturally hilly terrain of the property, BeaveRun MotorSports Complex is both visually beautiful and hugely fun to drive. Track Review P.16

There aren’t a ton of direct fitment options for the 240Z in either category, so in order to get the kind of performance he needed, Quoc put on his thinking hat and hit the forums once again. Not-So-Mellow Yellow P.36

What makes this kit so impressive is the attention to detail in the areas that can’t be seen. Project S2000 P.56

Having seen pictures of disassembled rotary engines and having researched and even written stories about the history of Wankel’s brainchild, seeing our spare Renesis come apart in person provided a whole new level of respect for its unique and ingenious design. Project rx-8 P.74

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By Peter Tarach
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