VIDEO: Godzilla is finally dead — Audi R8 V10 Plus vs Nissan GT-R drag race

For the past ten or so years, the Nissan GT-R has been the fastest stock car at the drag strip, outside of insane million-dollar hypercars like the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 Spyder. Recently, though, Godzilla has been losing to various different cars in quarter-mile drag races, where it previously dominated. Even the Audi RS6 Avant, a four-door family wagon, crushed the GT-R recently. Now, though, it goes up against one of its fiercest tests yet — the Audi R8 V10 Plus. In this new video from CAR Magazine, the Nissan GT-R takes on the Audi R8 V10 Plus and it proves the GT-R is finally done for.

The Nissan GT-R packs a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, making 565 hp, and is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It also packs all-wheel drive and a highly sophisticated launch control system. The last bits are a large part of the reason why the GT-R has always been so fast. They allow all of the power to reach the wheels immediately, with virtually no wheelspin. So despite the fact that the GT-R was never the most powerful car in the segment, it always launches hard.

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On the other hand, the Audi R8 V10 Plus is no slouch. It packs a 610 hp 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, which is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It obviously packs Quattro all-wheel drive but it’s more of a rear-biased system than typical Quattro Audis. It also has a rapid launch control system that allows the R8 to make the most of its power.

When the race starts, the GT-R actually gets a better start off the line, thanks to its twin-turbocharged torque. The Audi R8 V10 Plus’ engine is naturally-aspirated, so it needs to be revved out to make its power, whereas the GT-R’s torque comes down like an anvil at the launch. So the GT-R actually takes the lead off the line. However, the R8 starts to catch up quick, thanks to its higher power output, faster revving engine, quicker-shifting gearbox and lighter weight. Once it catches up, it quickly takes the lead and leaves the GT-R for dead. It’s shocking to see another car beat the mighty Godzilla that badly, especially after a slower launch.

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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.