It’s Japan versus Germany in this duel between the older Nissan GT-R and the newer Mercecdes-AMG GT R, two cars that are very different, despite sharing a similar name.
Britain’s CarWow took both sports models out in an empty airfield, trying to settle the dispute in a three -stage test that included a drag race, rolling race, and braking test.
The result is very surprising, to say the least, as you can see in the video that follows after the jump, but before we let you watch it, let’s see which of the two high-performance coupes has the advantage, theoretically at least.
The Nissan GT-R has all-wheel drive, and features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 570 horsepower and 630Nm (465lb-ft) of torque, whereas Mercedes-AMG’s GT R is rear-wheel drive and has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with 585hp and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque.
There’s also a significant price gap between the two, as while the Godzilla starts from £84,000 ($112,222) in Britain, its German rival comes at a cool £143,000 ($191,045).
You could easily argue that the drag race would have been more fair using a Nissan GT-R Nismo, which not only has an extra 30hp and 20Nm (15lb-ft) of torque, but also a closer price tag at £151,525 ($202,434) in the UK.