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AMS Alpha 12 Nissan GT-R Breaks Through 200 MPH Barrier

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We've brought you no shortage of coverage of AMS's brutally quick Alpha 12 Nissan GT-R, including its blazing 60-130 mph times and its ever-faster quarter mile times. Now, the car has cracked the 200 mph mark, with our friend and fellow auto writer Jason Harper at the wheel.

Writing for BusinessWeek, Harper relates the experience of pedaling the 1,500-horsepower Alpha 12 past the double-ton--all the way to 214 mph, in fact, in just 24 seconds. We'll leave the storytelling to his able words, but it's every bit as exciting as you'd expect.

If you've forgotten, the AMS Alpha 12 is rated at about 1,500 horsepower at the crank--and 1,318 horsepower at the wheels. That is, quite literally, an insane amount of power for a street-legal car. Rocketing to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, clearing 60-130 mph in just 3.46 seconds, and reading the quarter-mile mark in 8.97 seconds, there's no other word for it but fast.

Perhaps even more impressively, AMS's engineers figure the Alpha 12 is capable of reaching 238 mph, reports Harper, though they don't appear to have taken it to that limit.
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