Nissan GT-R Nismo Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT R: Which Is The Best Track Car?

They both carry the same suffix – ‘GT-R/GT R’, and they’re very closely powered, but there is a big difference between the two.

First of all, the Mercedes-AMG GT R features a clever two-wheel drive layout with rear-wheel steering, which might make its tail feel light from time to time, but the difference is well noticeable in corners.

Unlike its German competitor, the Nissan Nismo GT-R has an advanced all-wheel drive system, and a boxy silhouette that allowed it to fly under the radar 10 years ago, when the automaker dropped the veil off the first model.

In terms of power, the Japanese supercar features a tweaked 3.8-liter twin-turbo’d V6 engine that feeds 600 horses and 481 pound-feet (652Nm) of torque to all four corners. Its official 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint time still hasn’t been announced, but it should be on the same level as the previous car, meaning 2.8sec.

The Beast of the Green Hell, on the other hand, uses a 4.0-liter bitubo V8 engine. It sends 577hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque to the rear wheels, needing 3.6sec to reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill, and it will keep going up to a top speed of 198mph (318km/h).

So, which one is the clever choice? MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman and Randy Pobst revealed their favorite, which happens to be the same one, after taking both cars out for a review, on public roads, and then putting them to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in an attempt to make the ‘real’ GT-R/GT R stand up.


  • Polyester Poontang

    Choosing one over the other is easy…… is butt ugly and one is very nice.

    • aaronbbrown

      The moron speaks again. We know your punk a$$ never drove a GT-R

  • john1168

    That AMG looks fantastic!

  • PK

    The Best or Nothing! Of course Mercedes Benz!!!! <3

  • Six_Tymes

    wait, are they using an older Nismo GT-R against a new amg GT R? if so, this is a lame comparison.

    • Koles

      Blame Nissan. They are still selling same old GT-R.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      What are you talking about? That GT-R is the current model that is available in dealerships right now…

    • 59soni

      It’s the latest Nismo…

  • I doubt if any journalist in the world has the guts to choose nismo over amg. They can, of course, but the only problem is that he will never be allowed to drive the german for the rest of his career, which could slightly affect his income.

    • Vassilis

      Right. So the possibility the AMG is better doesn’t even exist?

  • Okay

    So much hate for the GT-R and yet the AMG couldnt beat the GT-R on the track it was made on.*mic dropped

  • aaronbbrown

    Long story short, 10 years later Mercedes AMG still can’t produce a car comparable to the Nissan GTR for the price.

    And for years Randy Pobst has been getting paid to sandbag it every time he drives a GTR, this is how he’s been building his retirement nest egg, selling out his integrity in his waning years.

    Yeah let’s go to the track with one car that has inferior tires on it and call it an equal comparison, one of the biggest scams in automotive comparison tests.

    Let’s test these cars out in the canyons in bad weather, rain, snow, ice, sleet etc., in that test the AMG winds up upside down in the bottom of a ravine when it tries to stay with the GTR, like every other 2 Wheel drive vehicle out there today.

    Not to mention the fact that the GT-R seats 4 people in a pinch and has a trunk for your groceries. it’s a far more practical, capable and safer vehicle under all road conditions than any of these overpowered rear wheel drive weekend warriors.

    The GT-R is a supercar daily driver, as anyone who owns one will tell you.

    Also notice the quarter-mile numbers for the Nissan, that’s without launch control. The standard GTR will get into the 10s with launch control. This car might even get into the 9s

    • primetime2123

      still ugly

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