Check out a tweaked Nissan GT-R take on a stock BMW M5 Competition and a tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S in drag and rolling races.
Each of these cars costs roughly $130,000, but for very different reasons. The BMW M5 Competition is brand new with zero miles on the odometer. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.2 seconds thanks to a big 4.4-L twin-turbo V8 engine with 625 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph unless you get the M Drivers Package, at which point you unlock the car’s true top speed at around 190 mph.
The GT-R started life with 565 hp from its 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 but has been tweaked by Litchfield Motors to produce 640 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. This vastly improves the car’s acceleration time of 0-60 in 2.7 seconds but doesn’t seem to push top speed too far beyond the usual 196 mph.
Finally, we have an old-school 997-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S. When the Porsche began life, it came with a 3.8-L twin-turbo flat-six producing 523 hp and 516 lb-ft. Using alchemy long lost to science, ES Motors have now given the Turbo S 760 hp and 737 lb-ft.
Each car has AWD, but the Porsche is easily the lightest at around 3,450 lbs. The Nissan is 3,840 lbs, and the BMW M5 is well over 4,000 lbs. And now they’re going to drag race.
This race is easily between the Nissan and the Porsche, with the BMW providing a good baseline for what a stock car can do. The GT-R takes off from the line incredibly quickly, but then the Porsche starts to claw its way back. By the time both reach the finish line it’s too close to call. Slow-motion replay cameras reveal that the Nissan takes it by a nose, although both cars finished in 10.8 seconds.
However, the Porsche driver later discovered that his tires were at the wrong pressure. With tires re-gassed, they raced again and the Porsche demolished the GT-R with a quarter-mile time of just 10.3 seconds.
So next time you’ve got $130,000 to spend, buy an old Porsche and soup it up. Clearly, it's the best car for the money.