AMS Performance VR38 Stage 1 Short Block for R35 Nissan GT-R


AMS Performance VR38 Stage 1 Short Block

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AMS Performance VR38 Stage 1 Short Block for R35 Nissan GT-R

Over the course of 23 years, AMS Performance has carved out a leading position in the automotive aftermarket sector with its groundbreaking research and development in forced induction. Their performance systems, acclaimed and awarded, set the industry standard for excellence.

The AMS Performance 3.8L VR38 Stage 1 Short Block represents the pinnacle of engineering for Nissan GTR enthusiasts seeking significant horsepower enhancements. This plug-and-play short block, precision-engineered with cutting-edge technology, is designed for straightforward installation. It has been fortified to handle the immense power output of the OMEGA and ALPHA performance packages. Constructed in a meticulously controlled environment, it embodies the epitome of craftsmanship, drawing on years of victorious racing experience to deliver the most robust, high-performance engine solution for the GTR.

The Pinnacle of VR38 Engines

  • Harnessing their victorious track record, AMS Performance has elevated the VR38DETT V6 engine, creating an unparalleled engine program. The development of exclusive AMS components has resulted in the most formidable, reliable engine offering for the GTR, underscored by impressive track performance. The Stage 1 Short Block is engineered for ease of installation, featuring a comprehensive assembly that seamlessly integrates into your GTR, leveraging top-tier AMS specifications for unmatched quality and performance.

Race Winning Experience Creates Higher Standards

  • AMS Performance’s engines are the product of meticulous assembly, reflecting the precision of their record-breaking race cars. Choosing an AMS engine connects you to a legacy of excellence in race engine development, spanning over two decades. Each engine is balanced, blueprinted, and assembled to meet the high-performance benchmarks seen in their 3000+ WHP race vehicles. Every block is rigorously inspected to ensure it meets AMS’s exacting standards, with each engine’s specifications meticulously documented to uphold the highest levels of quality control.


  • The perfect solution for high horsepower builds
  • Fully assembled short block ready for heads, manifolds, and accessories
  • Precision machining with advanced industry leading equipment
  • Assembled in state-of-the-art temperature and humidity controlled clean room
  • Utilizes your existing engine as a core to build from
  • New OEM gaskets, seals, and hardware throughout

Technical Specifications

  • Displacement: 3.8L
  • Bore: 95.5mm (grade 1, 2, or 3 varies)
  • Stroke: 88.4mm
  • Appx. Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
  • Recommended Rev Limit: 8000rpm
  • Recommended Max Power & Torque: 1100whp / 900lb-ft

Build Sheet

  • Inspect and blueprint engine block
  • Hone / recondition cylinder to size
  • Deck block
  • ARP Main Studs
  • Hone main housing bore to AMS spec
  • Manley Connecting Rods to AMS spec
  • Manley Pistons to AMS spec (alpha)
  • OEM crankshaft inspection and magnaflux
  • OEM crankshaft polish and full balance job
  • King Main Bearings
  • OEM modified rods bearings
  • New OEM seals and gaskets
  • Multiple stage cleaning and prep process


  • 2009+ Nissan GT-R: R35  |  3.8L TT V6 VR38DETT

Other Stages


  • Horsepower, torque figures, and RPM limits are estimations and can differ widely due to various influences like turbocharger choice, intake and exhaust constraints / backpressure, as well as fuel octane and quality, among other factors. The numbers provided here are derived under ideal conditions with the right supporting modifications and represent achievable outcomes for the typical customer. However, individual results may differ.
  • Assuming that a good condition core is sent in to build from, this requires a usable block and crank complete with engine girdle and oil squirters
  • Fits all USDM, JDM, Gulf, and European (LHD & RHD) CBA, DBA, EBA & 4BA models

CARB and / or EPA Compliance Testing Not Completed

  • They believe that this product is either applicable for a CARB EO exemption or complies with the EPA’s Anti-Tampering Policy, yet the necessary testing and administrative processes have not been completed at this time. Consequently, this product is not available for purchase for emissions-controlled vehicles situated within California, nor can it be shipped to addresses in California, without a completed AMS Race Waiver form. Users outside of the United States are advised to comply with their local laws and regulations.

About AMS Performance

AMS Performance stands out in the realm of turbocharged vehicle enhancement, not just as a frontrunner in the manufacturing of automotive performance parts but also by providing comprehensive services including in-house engine computer calibration, installations of parts and packages, along with engine and transmission building. Distinctively an engineering-driven entity, AMS differentiates itself from other outfits by designing parts that set the performance standard in the industry, utilizing advanced computer-aided designs and the expertise of mechanical engineers with extensive motorsports background. Since its inception 20 years ago, AMS Performance has maintained its leading position, offering everything from turn-key solutions to bespoke components tailored to surpass a variety of performance objectives. Catering to a wide range of motorsport activities from drag racing to road racing, AMS is dedicated to elevating the driving experience for enthusiasts across the spectrum.

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