The Nissan GT-R certainly has the bravado and the specs to make you feel like you can take on just about anything. But in the real world, how does it stack up against the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the car used as a benchmark during the GT-R’s development? To find out, Motor Trend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman compared Godzilla to its rival from Stuttgart in this episode of Head 2 Head.
While on the canyon roads of Malibu, Lieberman first points out the cars' similarities and differences. Both supercars utilize a twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine and feature all-wheel drive. Both cars also have backseats – however unusable – and transmit power through a dual-clutch transmission. The difference in price, though, is steep. As tested, the 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition rings up at $107,600. The Porsche, on the other hand, comes in at $178,525. Despite the price gap, the cars seem pretty evenly matched on paper. To find out if the 911 is worth that extra $71,000, Lieberman flogs the cars back to back through the canyons.
Afterward, the cars head to the drag strip to see which sub-twelve-second car is fastest in the quarter-mile. Once all appropriate switches are flipped to “R” mode in the GT-R, the two supercars launch toward the finish line. To watch the full review and see which car crosses in first place, check out the video below.