VIDEO: Audi R8 V10 Plus vs Nissan GT-R Nismo

It seems like the Nissan GT-R has always been the most violently fast car on a race track, especially in a straight line. It’s always been that nothing on Earth can accelerate faster than a GT-R. However, cars like the Audi R8 V10 Plus, and even the TT RS, have been beating the new GT-R off the line, lately. So it seems that Godzilla has been getting slower and slower. But what about on a track, where the GT-R can use its massive all-wheel drive grip to rocket out of corners? Can the Audi R8 V10 Plus take on Godzilla?

In this new video from EVO, Tiff Needell takes both cars to the track to see which is best.

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First, he does a few laps in each to talk about how they are to drive. First up is the Audi R8, which seems to impress Needell. Its steering is impressively direct, if a bit light, its balance is good and its mighty V10 not only makes 610 hp but also one of the best noises in the industry. The only real complaints he has about the R8 are the fact that the seats don’t hold him in all that well when driving hard and that the brake pedal can feel a bit soft. Other than that, it seems that the R8 really makes a good first impression.

Next Needell takes some laps in the GT-R. First thing he notices is how much different it feels that the R8. It’s stiff, rough and violent, which is what it’s supposed to be. The engine is slightly more powerful and it has more torque, but he doesn’t seem to think its extra power is worth the significantly higher price tag than the Audi R8. It is fast, though, and has a tremendous amount of grip. Needell also likes the brakes on the GT-R more. But the $200,000 question — which is faster?

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Needell took both cars through some hot laps to see which car is faster. It’s actually really impressive to see how close each car is through the corners. Through about every apex, the cars are clocking almost identical times. Through tighter stuff, the GT-R was faster by a bit, thanks to its extra grip and turbocharged torque. But it the faster stuff, the R8’s top end power gives it the edge. In the end, the Audi R8 V10 Plus beat the Nissan GT-R Nismo by one tenth of a second. 1:17.6 seconds for the R8 and 1:17.7 seconds for the GT-R. A different lunch for Tiff in between cars could change the winner with a margin that small.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.