There’s been a bit of debate about how fast a tuned Nissan GT-R really is. Can Godzilla really be faster than a Lamborghini, or even the fabled Bugatti Veyron? The simple answer is yes, if you have the money you can send your GT-R to either AMS, Switzer or even Hennessey Performance and they’ll gladly put together a package that will give the Bugatti Veyron a run for it’s million dollar price tag. If that’s still not enough you can go back to AMS or Switzer and for around $150,000 they’ll build you a 1,000+ horsepower beast to go and play with. Life insurance policy not included.
For the privileged few who’ve driven the Bugatti Veyron in anger this video roll be infuriating, which is great. The argument that comparing a heavily modified GT-R to a Veyron is pointless, is pointless. The Veyron is the pinnacle of automotive engineering, it is nothing less than the best car money can buy. But for the purposes of internet debate there is perhaps no greater rivalry than the Veyron vs modified GT-R. For no reason other than it’s a modern day forced induction showdown between David and Goliath. It’s the 10% vs 1% by way of bigger turbos, forged internals and race fuel. Its the upstart tuners and their crazy ideas vs. the establishment. And that, aside from the mind boggling amount of horsepower involved, is about as good of a back story as any.
Out of respect for that we’ve scoured the Youtube and found five tuned Nissan GT-R videos that’ll hopefully add fuel to the fire. Enjoy!
5. Lamborghini Murcielago vs COBB Tuning Nissan GT-R
The stock Nissan GT-R is no slouch. But you’d be suprised at how much potential there is left in the stock car. The simple bolt on upgrades like a Cobb Accessport and Y pipe are enough to give the 580 horsepower Lamborghini Murcielago some problems. Also the GT-R here is driven by a more than attractive blonde:
4. Underground Racing Lamborghini Gallardo vs AMS Alpha 12 Nissan GT-R:
What happens when some rich Russians descend on a straight stretch of highway with a twin turbo Lamborghini Gallardo tuned by Underground Racing and a Nissan GT-R tuned by AMS? “Horsepower, I has it.”
3. Switzer R1K Nissan GT-R Test Drive
So by now we know that tuned GT-R’s are very very very fast. We’ve seen them demolish Murcielago’s and twin turbocharged Gallardos with relative ease. Though the Switzer R1K GT-R puts down just over 1,000 awhp it still more than enough power to break all four wheels loose in the first two or three gears at almost any speed. But that means nothing without context, so here’s some raw data:
2. Switzer E900 “Cornzilla” GT-R
Earlier this year Matt Farah drove this 900 horsepower GT-R. He staged a whole day of tuner racing a la Fast and The Furious to get access to it, and proceeded to tear up and down some canyon roads while giggling like a school girl hopped up on skittles. While the above videos were pretty effective at showing how crazy a tuned GT-R is, Farah’s review is an attempt to make sense of the madness:
1. Switzer “Ultimate Street Edition” GT-R
Apparently Farah was entirely satisfied with the “Cornzilla” mainly because it was a typical tuner car, and it had lost most of the refinement that made the stock GT-R such a flawless daily driver. So in this most recent episode of Tuned, Farah takes a look at a 1,100 horsepower GT-R that runs on pump gas. Cue the giggles: