Nissan GT-R Gets Schooled By A Porsche 911 GT3 RS On A Straight Line

It appears that the mighty Nissan R35 GT-R has met its match on the drag strip after all those years.

Evo magazine took a 2016 Nissan GT-R Track Edition and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS on Alconbury’s Cambridgeshire runway to find out which one is the fastest.

The theory tells us that the Nissan GT-R with its AWD and 542hp twin-turbo V6 engine should come out of this one as the easy winner, with the company claiming an astonishing 0-62mph (100km/h) in 2.7 seconds.

The Porsche, on the other hand, offers just 493hp out of its naturally aspirated flat-six engine which are then sent to rear axle only. But if history has taught anything is that you simply can’t underestimate the straight-line performance of the German track weapon.

The rear-mounted engine gives the GT3 RS impressive grip from the get-go while the PDK transmission is arguably one of the fastest in the market. And then there’s the weight difference: the Japanese icon is almost 300kg (660 poounds) heavier than the lightweight GT3 RS which kind of puts the final nail in the GT-R’s coffin.

See for yourselves in the video below.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    0 – 60 in 3 flat. That is impressive.

    Somebody tell this guy that AWD is NOT 4WD. Please.

    • Matt

      Technically, if the system employs the use of a transfer case, then it is ‘4WD’.

    • Dennis James

      You are right. If the car does not have 4 wheels, then AWD is NOT 4WD.

  • LeftLanePrius

    EVO records a 3.4s 0-60 time for the GT-R Track Edition. Car and Driver tests the 2014 Track Edition GT-R to 2.9s. Motor Trend tests the Track Edition to 2.7s.

    Some discrepancy in these tests.

    • Matt

      UK tests 0-62, for a start.

    • 20176949

      I think you’re right.

      Is it just me, or @ 1:28 into the video, did they absolutely botch the launch control settings?

      It’s supposed to be R, R, OFF as opposed to R, Comfort, and R?

      Let’s hope they’re not that incompetent 🙂

  • getoffme

    The GT-R lost by 0.5 secs. How was that getting schooled? How much was the Porsche?

    • Matt

      Calm down, we all know the GT-R is cheaper. I’m still impressed with the Porsche’s performance, considering what it was up against.

    • Dennis James

      In drag racing, 0.5 seconds is a world of a difference. There are like 2 car lengths between them. It’s bad for an AWD car with 60 more hp and a lot more torque to lose to a naturally aspirated RWD car.

      But, like you have said, price-wise the cars are not comparable.

  • pureworx

    hmm.. would only be a fair drag race out come if it was repeated 3 times and you get a range of results. that gtr time is way off almost a whole second. doesnt take into account driver reaction times or track surface.. they should run each car on each side 3 times and then give an outcome.. but then again this looks like a porsche “funded” test.

    • Matt

      They already explained in the video they did multiple launches in both cars, and the GT-R was the least consistent.

      Yes, if a GT-R loses, then it is clearly a biased comparison. Got it.

      • pureworx

        you’re so pro porsche.. got it matt = porsche fanboi….

        my point was the inconsistancies are too much to be able to accept the results as accurate. different surface moisture can affect the launch performance, hence the cars should be launched from the same part of the track or tested on both sides.

        • Matt

          Haha ok, sure I’m a Porsche fanboi. Apparently…

          Classic internet comeback.

    • europeon

      For a test like this,they do 50-100 launches. All car magazines do.

      • pureworx

        50 – 100? where did you pull that number from? your arse? see the problem with what you are saying.. 50 – 100 thats a massive range to be working with.. none of them do 50 – 100. do you work for the said mag? have you worked in professional automotive journalism? im guessing not.

        • europeon

          Watch any behind the scenes from any reputable magazine, like MT or EVO. Heck, even Top Gear were doing tens of runs for something like that.

          And as far as your guessing…

    • Arvin Adilaksono

      Porsche has a reputation to tell us that the engine produce less horsepower than it actually makes, so the engine inside the GT3RS could make more power than 503bhp they were told on paper and press launch

  • T2X

    Why they don’t take the GT-R Nismo Edition for Compare with the 911 GT3 RS?

    • donald seymour

      Great point! Because that would directly complete with the Porsche. But that is too much like right as my father would say.

    • Matt

      Nissan UK’s press office may have not had one available to test?

  • Vicu

    GTR 317 bhp/ton and Prosche 353 bhp/ton, thats the difference

  • smartacus

    GT3 RS holds each gear for 1,500 RPM more than the GTR.

  • 20176949

    Is it just me, or @ 1:28 into the video, did they absolutely botch the launch control settings?

    It’s supposed to be R, R, OFF as opposed to R, Comfort, and R?

    Let’s hope they’re not that incompetent 🙂