A Nissan GT-R was banned from Germany’s Nurburgring for being too loud, according to a new video.
For big, Japanese sports cars, the GT-R is quite the refined ride. Sure, you’ll definitely be able to hear (and even feel) the car’s big, twin-turbo V6 engine, but it’s not going to shatter eardrums when it rolls down the street. Not unless something very interesting is going on under the hood at least.
In this latest video of fast cars circling the Green Hell (and courtesy of Carscoops), we get to have a first-hand account of just how loud a Nissan GT-R can be--with the right equipment installed, of course.
A current model GT-R comes with a 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 that puts out 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. All that power is routed through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four tires which can help propel the car from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds. We’ve seen the GT-R beat Lamborghinis on a drag strip, so this car is definitely no joke.
However, the GT-R we see racing a Porsche 911 GT2 RS is not a stock GT-R. It’s actually a highly modified GT-R NISMO GT3 race-spec model that has been given an engine tuning and a brand new exhaust. Power is reportedly close to 760 prancing ponies, while the 6-speed dual-clutch has been tossed for a more durable (and GT3 legal) 6-speed sequential gearbox. Weight has dropped from 3,800 lbs to just 3,300 lbs, and a set of semi-slick racing tires let the NISMO stick to the track despite a wet and foggy day at The Ring.
As you can see throughout the video, the Porsche struggles to keep up with the GT-R despite being the fastest 911 to roll off the assembly line. But when the Porsche does catch up, you can easily hear the roar of the Nissan’s engine despite the top-notch sound baffling of the GT2 RS.
That’s because the Nissan puts out 134db. To put that into perspective a gunshot is just 130db, and permanent hearing loss begins at 140db.
We’re not surprised that GT-R got banned. We get that mufflers might rob you of a few horses, but better a few lost ponies than permanent hearing damage.