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Drag race: Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Nissan GT-R Nismo vs Audi R8 Performance

March 08, 2021 by

There’s no debating that Porsche has made a drag race monster of the latest 911 Turbo S. It’s an unstoppable Goliath, really. But what if we bring a pair of potential Davids into the mix, in the form of the Nissan GT-R and Audi R8 Performance?

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With 650hp and 800Nm of torque hammered to all four wheels, the Porsche 911 Turbo S blitzed the carwow ¼ drag race in a time of 10.1 seconds previously, making the fastest factory-fresh production car to ever take on the test.

But up against the 911 Turbo S are two cars that are no slouches — the Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R Nismo.

All three cars have plenty in common. All are all-wheel-drive, all use dual-clutch automatic gearboxes (with 8, 7 and 6 gears for the 911, R8 and GT-R respectively) and all have launch control systems.

On paper though, this looks to be another deadset for the Turbo S. The R8 weighs less at 1,595kg compared with the 1,640kg 911, but it’s notably down on oomph – its 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 produces ‘just’ 620hp and 580Nm of torque.

Then there’s the GT-R which, though down on peak horsepower at 600hp, does have 652Nm of torque which should will help it leap off the line. It’s the heaviest of all three though, at 1,725kg.

On paper then, the Porsche’s crown looks to be in safe hands. But these races aren’t done on paper, that would be bad for the forests and whatnot. This all-wheel-drive supercar trio will face off in a ¼ drag, a rolling race and a 70-0mph braking test.

Which one comes out top? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out…

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