A Ferrari 458 faces off against a Nissan GT-R in this supercar shootout.
Do we love a good drag race? Yes, we do. Do we love it even more when it’s a pair of supercars facing off for quarter-mile supremacy? Absolutely. Do we love it even more than that when it’s a Japanese supercar against one of the best Italian-made supercars of all time? In a word: yes.
Thanks to Wheels.ca, we get to see the magic happen between a Ferrari 458 and a Nissan GT-R. Both of these cars are at least a few years old, as the Ferrari 458 was made from 2011 to 2015, and while the Nissan is still being produced you can tell from the front fascia that this is one of the pre-2017 cars. Probably a 2014 model judging by the front bumper.
On paper, things are pretty tight. The Ferrari has more power thanks to a 4.5-L V8 that puts down 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.9 seconds, but top speed is 210 mph--15 faster than the GT-R. Also, the 458 has a nearly 400lb weight advantage, clocking in at 3,450 lbs.
On the other hand, the Nissan GT-R has all-wheel drive, which as we’ve seen before, can make for some spectacular starts off the line. Its 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 is no slouch either at 545 hp and 463 lb-ft (not quite as amazing as the most recent model’s 565 hp), and zero to sixty is done in just 2.7 seconds.
However, the GT-R weighs 3,840 lbs and tops out at around 196 mph. This will be a classic race between the faster accelerating, AWD GT-R against the Ferrari’s greater top speed.
As expected, the Nissan gets a great start when the light turns green, and it almost seems like the 458 driver was asleep at the wheel by starting a half second behind. But the Nissan’s early lead is slowly whittled away as the two cars race down the quarter-mile track, and by the time they reach the end, the Ferrari was victorious.
The Ferrari 458 finished in a time of 12.10 seconds at 122.10 mph, while the GT-R managed 12.24 seconds at 119.26 mph. A close race, but it looks like AWD wasn’t enough to save the GT-R this time.