There was a time when the Nissan GT-R was simply the fastest car in the world. It may not have had the top speed records of the Bugatti Veyron of the time but there was simply nothing realistically faster around race tracks, real world streets or in a drag race than Godzilla. That was many years ago, though, and Godzilla’s beginning to lose its luster. But how far has the king fallen? Surely, it’s still faster than a five-door family wagon, like the Audi RS6 Avant, right?
Well, in Carfection’s latest video, we find out as they put Germany’s most impressive family wagon, the Audi RS6 Avant, in a drag race with Japan’s might Nissan GT-R.
Since its inception, Nissan has been making incremental improvements to the GT-R, making it more comfortable, more high-tech and even worse looking (sorry, but it never looked good and it still doesn’t). However, all of these improvements seem to have made it softer, less psychotic, despite making it slightly faster. The 3.8 liter twin-turbo hand-built V6 makes 565 hp and can propel the GT-R from 0-60 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds. That engine is aided by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive. So it should be a monster at the drag strip.
What Godzilla’s going up against in this race is the Audi RS6 Avant. It’s not the RS6 Performance, either, just the standard RS6 Avant. That means it develops 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. All of that power is sent through an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox, rather than a fancy dual-clutch. It also powers all four wheels. Audi claims a 0-60 mph run of around 3.8 seconds. That’s significantly slower than the claimed time of the GT-R.
The biggest difference between these two cars, though, is the weight. The Audi RS6 Avant checks in at a portly 4,500 lbs or so. The Nissan GT-R weighs about 3,900 lbs. So, Godzilla owns a better power-to-weight ratio, proving that it should crush the heavy RS6. But that isn’t actually how it turns out.
When Carfection lines up both cars and launches them, it isn’t even close. The Audi RS6 Avant simply destroys the GT-R off the line, gaining a lead it never gives up. It simply walks away from Godzilla as if it’s standing still. It’s a bit crazy to see a five-door family wagon completely obliterating one of the fiercest supercars on the market. And this isn’t even a Performance model, it’s just the standard RS6. Considering that the GT-R can’t even beat a family wagon in a drag race anymore, I think it should lose the name “Godzilla”.