By simply clicking the traction control off and the power booster switch, the Nissan GT-R is ready for war. It is the moment to decide the matchmaking of the straight line. With one foot on the brakes and the other on the accelerator pedal, the tachometer of a V6 twin-turbo engine with a maximum output of 570 hp shook at about 4,000 rpm.
I glanced at the 911 Turbo S in the next seat. And I heard a more stimulating sound than the cry of war. But it didn’t matter. The flag’s signal went down, and the engine roared and the four wheels turned vigorously.
The 1,717kg GT-R flinched and lost rear wheel traction in a very short moment. However, I figured out the best way to rush forward in a very short moment of a few hundredths of a second and put it into action. My head was buried in the seat cushion as if I had been hit by Jean Claude Van Damme’s step kick combo.
The GT-R beat Porsche in the early days thanks to a launch control system that handles 64.5kgm of torque very wisely and a race-styled dual-clutch transmission.
Only one winner
I reached 100 km/h before even sighing, and there was only a very short time difference between the two. Porsche succeeded in reversing when it reached 200 km/h over 150 km/h.
The difference between the 911 Turbo S and the GT-R was only a couple of similar cars squeezed in. My stomach was twisted and I wanted to change places. So, we had a few more confrontations from side to side.
After four matches, the GT-R’s self-protection device was activated. It means you need time to breathe. Porsche, on the other hand, has endured this repeated abuse quite well.
As a result, Porsche was the winner in all competitions. The 100km/h acceleration time was 3.2 seconds, just 0.3 seconds behind their official record. On the other hand, the GT-R stayed at 3.3 seconds (official 2.7 seconds). Even in the 0-400m record, Porsche recorded 11.0 seconds and the GT-R was the best at 11.4 seconds.
There has been a nervous war between the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GT-R for over a decade. As Porsche refused to acknowledge Nissan’s record of 7 minutes and 28 seconds of German Nurburgring lap time, there was a cool air between the two.
So we couldn’t hide our joy when we heard the news that we could put both of them on the same stage. Both are AWD, have a 3.8L six-cylinder twin-turbo engine (although the structure is different from that of the V6) and have a double clutch transmission (7-speed for Porsche and 6-speed for GT-R).
Although it was behind the record, the value of the GT-R shines when considering the price between the two, which amounts to 268,200 Australian dollars (about 267.68 million won). The Nissan GT-R is worth A$189,000 (approximately 160 million won), but with some options on the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the price jumps to 460,200 Australian dollars (approximately 386 million won).
The 2017 GT-R has a maximum output of 570 hp and a maximum torque of 64.5 kgm, while the facelifted 911 Turbo S (991.2) has 580 hp and 71.4 kgm as weapons. The height of the decisive game was weight. At 1,717 kg, the GT-R weighs 158 kg more than the 911 Turbo S, which weighs only 1,559 kg.
Nissan GT-R vital statistics:
Price: $189,000 plus ORCs
0-100km/h: 2.7sec (claimed)
Actual 0-100km/h: 3.3sec (actual)
0-1,320ft (1/4 mile): 11.4sec
Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6
Transmission: Six-speed DCT
Tyres: 255/40 RF20 (front), 285/35 RF20 (rear)
Porsche 911 Turbo S vital statistics:
Price: $456,200 plus ORCs
0-100km/h: 2.9sec (claimed)
0-100km/h: 3.2sec (actua)
0-1,320ft (1/4 mile): 11.0sec
Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat six
Transmission: Seven-speed DCT
Tyres: 245/35 ZR20 (front), 305/30 ZR20 (rear)
Written by_Feann Torr (Partner of Enka Magazine, Editor of Motoring.com Australia)