2017 Nissan GT-R Has A Hard Time On The Drag Strip With These Boys

Back in 2007, Nissan’s GT-R R35 came out and literally destroyed everything on its wake, especially on a straight line. Fast forward nine years, though, and it’s a different story.

Top Gear magazine brought together an Audi R8 V10 Plus, a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a McLaren 570S in order to find out how they compare against the latest iteration of the once dragstrip king, the Nissan GT-R.

Nissan might have increased the output of the turbocharged V6 by 20hp, bringing the total up to 565hp, but the GT-R’s legendary straight-line performance starts to fade away as the competition becomes faster and faster.

Porsche did it with the ballistic 911 Turbo S, Audi also managed the same with the latest R8 and even McLaren infused its entry-level 570S with such performance that is simply astonishing for a rear-wheel drive car with this amount of power.

Whether you are a GT-R fanboy or not, everyone should just respect the mighty Godzilla for its brilliant engineering but as the video portrays below, Nissan should better bring the new one out fast as the rest of the go-faster group is making it look its age.


  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    for once mclaren have the best looking car in a drag race

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The squat on that AUDI tho!

  • KenjiK

    To be fair, the GTR is now 10 year old. Every other contender is basically a new car.

    • Six_Tymes

      good point

  • LeftLanePrius

    The MotorTrend drag race 6 has the R8 Plus in 1st, the 570s in second by a car length. I question this race. Seems like the British magazine will put a British car first.

  • Six_Tymes

    the next Godzilla will be another great one. cant wait for it.

  • SomeRandomCommenter

    Was the GT-R ever actually the drag king? I feel it’s a 0-60 king more than 1/4 mile.

  • Nick B

    Is this really fair? All the competitors kill it in hp. Put in the Nissan GTR Ronin and watch those cars would get absolutely SMOKED on the drag strip. This video is apples and oranges so next time make it oranges and oranges

    • nastinupe

      The GT-R is a bloated POS. Go find a Hellcat to race and leave the real stuff to the big boys. Even the Acura NSX beats the GT-R. Everything beats the GT-R. Hell, even a Tesla Model S beats the GT-R. What doesn’t beat the GT-R? A Honda Civic. Go beat up on Honda Civic.

  • An Existing Person

    As the competition gets newer and lighter, the GTR only gets older and heavier. I can’t wait for the next generation.

  • Alberto Barrales

    Besides the age difference, there is that it’s half the price. I still love the gtr. With another 30 to 40 grand it would not even be fair.

  • john1168

    It doesn’t matter that the GT-R came in last. How many years did it take for the competition to beat the GT-R??? All I can say to the competition is, IT’S ABOUT FREAKIN’ TIME!!! And to Nissan I say, Well done!!!

    • Matt

      Well to be fair, the 997.2 Turbo had the GT-R beat quite some time ago…

      • KenjiK

        I think the Turbo was on par with the GTR. The Turbo S was above.

    • Six_Tymes

      Well said!

    • nastinupe

      Two years… it took two years. The 997.2 Turbo S beat the GT-R way back in 2010…. so yeah. It’s been losing for a while. It had a good two year run lol.

  • Brian Griffin

    GT-R is almost ancient compared to others in this drag race. Nissan should replace it ASAP, because this car was always about performance, not about style, exotic feel or some super driving enjoyment compared to its competition. GT-R was about a bang per buck.

  • NYKEG9

    Because of the price difference, this just an unfair comparison. A more relevant comparison would be a mclaren 540c, non plus audi r8, 911 Carrera 4s, and the gtr. I think the outcome would be different.

  • Craig

    For comparison sake…. Tesla P100D. Curb weight – 4,795 lbs. 0 to 60 – 2.5 second. 1/4 mile – 10.7 seconds.

  • The GTR will always have a special place because even when the competition beats it when closely scrutinized that competition costs significantly more than the GTR.

    Datsun defied the odds with this car, I can’t wait for the next but this will always have a special place.

  • LexusGXman

    I kind of feel bad for the GTR, used to be like the fastest car on the road for an insane price. Now it’s a $110,000 Nissan that isn’t as fast as it used to be. Good thing we’ll be seeing a new one soon.