Back when the current-generation Nissan GT-R first debuted, back in the late ’00s, it was virtually unstoppable in a drag race. Anything outside of the Bugatti Veyron was Godzilla food at the drag strip. However, many, many years later and the GT-R is no longer the king of the hill. So what happens when it takes on the new Audi R8 V10 and the Porsche 911 Turbo?
In this new video from Carwow, we get to see exactly that. Host Mat Watson takes the helm of the GT-R and goes up against an Audi R8 V10 Performance and a Porsche 911 Turbo S — two of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet. So which one is quicker in a quarter-mile drag race?
On paper, the Nissan GT-T and Audi R8 V10 Performance are pretty comparable. The former uses a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 600 horsepower and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. While the R8 uses a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 with 620 horsepower and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft) of torque. Though, the R8 is about 200 kg lighter than the GT-R.
However, it’s the Porsche 911 Turbo S that changes the game. Sure, it has the same size engine as the Nissan, a 3.8 liter twin-turbo flat-six, but it makes 650 horsepower and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Not only is it more powerful than the other two cars but it’s lighter than the GT-R.
In the video, all three cars line up for the drag race and, due to European particulate filters and soft rev-limiters, they all sound pretty pathetic. I feel for our European colleagues, as our R8 hear has no such limiter and sounds incredible. However, once they all get going, they’re all furiously fast.
The Nissan GT-R is still a seriously impressive car off the line, jumping ahead of the other two. However, the Porsche 911 Turbo just runs away from the other two, seemingly without trying. The R8 is quick but it had an issue with its gear changes, so it lost the standing drag race.
However, the Audi R8 did do quite well in the other tests. So watch the video from Carwow to find out exactly what happened.