Has The Nissan GT-R Met Its Match With The Honda NSX?

Despite celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, the Nissan GT-R remains a very capable machine.

It retains the original 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which was updated over the years and currently churns out 570PS (562hp) and 637Nm (lb-ft) of torque in the standard version.

This can be had from £82,525 (equal to $115,632) in the UK, but pay a stunning £69,000 ($96,681) premium and you can get the range-topping Nismo, with its 600PS (592hp) and 652Nm (481lb-ft) of torque in addition to lots of other track-focused updates.

On paper, the GT-R is about as powerful as the newer and more high-tech Honda NSX, which uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine along with three electric motors to develop a total output of 581PS (573hp) and 645Nm (476lb-ft) of torque.

Honda’s high-tech supercar has a starting price of just under £150,000 ($210,177) in Britain, so how does it fare against the much cheaper Godzilla?

CarWow set out to answer this question by taking the two through three different tests: a standing drag race, a rolling drag race from 80km/h (50mph), and a brake test.

The Honda NSX didn’t win them all, though, claiming two out of three. However, you’ll have to check out the video that follows to see where the Godzilla managed to beat its hybrid rival.


  • Six_Tymes

    I can wait until Godzilla is reborn. 2-4 more years I suppose.

    • SteersUright

      Hopefully this round doesn’t weight as much as a BMW 5 series though.

  • FlameWater

    Met its match? This car was putting Porche to shame while the NSX was being driven by Seinfeld in super bowl commercials.

    • Bo Hanan

      Yeah, but this same magazine tested a bunch of hyper cars and the NSX stayed on the Aventadors tale. It never budged. That NSX is capable, but ugly.

      • SteersUright

        Very well said.

    • SteersUright

      If you think the GTR ever put any Porsche to shame then a Porsche simply isnt for you. Its an utterly different sports car experience in a GTR, where tech and power overwhelm physics and achieve astounding results while Porsche is tactile, light, delicate and precise, where the driver and car become one. Both awesome, and neither put the other to any sort of shame as they are entirely different flavors of sports car. Its like saying strawberry puts vanilla ice cream to shame.

      • Bo Hanan

        But in a “run-what-you-brung” match none of that matters. It’s all about what the car company considers their best and most capable car. This is where the GTR shines I think. Honestly, the GTR defies physics. Just imagine if that car where 500lbs lighter and/or had hybrid-tech…

        • SteersUright

          The top spec GTR Nismo is nearly $200k In a “run-what-you-brung” match on any serious track, the GT3 RS ($179k) will dominate the GTR, use far less gas, with less power, and be so much more exciting offering epic sounds and a true race car experience. The GTR is amazing and what accomplishes is epic for such a heavy car. But that almost sounds like apologetic praise. Everyone must mention and apologize for the weight. When Nissan finds a way to get 750lb’s or more out of it, then it will truly be an amazing Giant slayer. For now, I appreciate it, but simply proffer that it offers an entirely different experience than the equivalent (in performance) Porsche GT3 or GT3 RS.

          • Bo Hanan

            This isn’t the same thing. You are going on a different direction. And for the record, the 911 GT3 is new. The GTR is 10 years old. lets see what the R36 is like.

  • Totz

    the next future Honda NSX is about 660 h.p., and a Type-R of 720 h.p., and Honda has something to unleash in 2020 a V8 powered, 4 wheel drive supercar derive from HSV 010 GT Racer in Japanese Grand Prix…

  • SteersUright

    The Honda is so close to awesome, yet so far. Just a light exterior redesign, a seriously more upscale interior, weight loss to aid agility, much more melodic and aggressive engine acoustic tuning and lastly, work to make the car feel more alive, tactile, agile, and one with the driver. I believe all of this is close within reach and could be addressed with an update if Honda doesn’t give up on this car too quickly.

    • JimmyK

      All that you describe is a Type R version and I think they already give it up unfortunately.

  • Craig

    Braking comparison test results should always include the weight of the driver.

    • Miknik

      Whilst there might be a minimal impact, a potentially much bigger impact are different reaction times im brake comparisons, different tire setups (many press cars have optional rubber), surface, temperature….

  • nastinupe

    I don’t care. I still don’t like the NSX. Might as well be a Honda Accord Coupe.

  • Infinite1

    The GTR lead the way when it came out 10 years ago. Since then, the likes of McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini (just to name a few), and now the NSX, has surpassed it. It’s still a formidable car nonetheless given the cost for such performance in a car.

  • annon

    this test is like comparing apples to pears…twin turbo with 3 electric motors vs twin turbo, vented drilled carbon ceramic brakes vs vented drilled brakes, mid engine vs front engine, 9 speed vs 6 speed….really???