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Drag race: 1,600hp Nissan GT-R vs 1,200hp Audi R8 vs 1,100hp McLaren 720S

August 21, 2021 by

Today’s drag race pits together three sports cars — the Audi R8, McLaren 720S and Nissan GT-R — that have all been given a bit of extra kick.

By extra kick, we mean insane amounts of power.

Take the Nissan GT-R for example. Normally, its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 puts out 565hp, however, the engine has been totally rebuilt.

It’s been bored out to 4.1-litre and now, in full boost mode, throws an insane 1,600hp and 1,500Nm to all four wheels through a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

This GT-R is the heaviest car you’ll see in today’s race though, tipping the scales at 1,750kg.

Sat in the middle of the literal road is an Audi R8 that’s seen its 5.2-litre V10 engine slapped with two massive turbos, taking its power up to 1,200hp and 930Nm of torque.

Just like the GT-R, the R8 is an all-wheel-drive car though it uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It’s lighter than the Nissan too, weighing in at 1,650kg.

That’s still a bit porky compared to the McLaren 720S here as well though, which comes in at 1,400kg.

But then this also has the least power of all three cars at just (very relative use of just) 1,100hp and 950Nm from its 4.0-litre V8.

It’s also rear-wheel-drive too, with its power sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Which of these tuned behemoths comes out on top then? Well, as ever, you’ll have to watch to find out…

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