Nissan GT-R v Porsche 911 Turbo: drag race

Two performance car legends, the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo, face off in our latest Drag Battle

The Nissan GT-R is often used in conversation as a benchmark for performance. Since it was launched in 2007, there has been little short of a Bugatti Veyron that could touch it in terms of pure acceleration.

Our latest Drag Battle, the first in a new series, puts the Nissan GT-R (2013 model year) against the new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (991 generation). The Porsche boasts 513bhp and 524lb ft, compared to the GT-R’s 542bhp and 466lb ft of torque. There is a significant weight difference between the two also, with the 911 weighing in at 1665kg, and the notoriously hefty GT-R weighing 1730kg.

Launch control is utilised on both cars for the drag race. Both systems are easy to activate, although most manufacturers don’t recommend its use for extended periods, due to the added strain it can put on the drivetrain. For the 911, select the Sport Plus mode, and engage drive. With your left foot on the brake, floor the throttle, and when ready release the brake. The GT-R is similarly simple. Select Race mode for the transmission and traction control. We selected Comfort mode for the dampers, as this can also aid traction off the line. 

The timing was conducted at the Bruntingthorpe testing facility, which offers a notoriously tricky surface for launching cars. The two-mile straight allows plenty of space to run the cars, with our test running to 1000m. Both cars were individually timed over several runs, and ran surprisingly consistent times on each run. The full timing data below represents the quickest run for each car:

Full timing details

Nissan GT-R
0-30mph1.53secs
0-60mph3.33secs
0-100mph7.64secs
0-150mph18.25secs
400m11.54secs @ 122.7mph
1000m21.00secs @ 157.2mph
Max G0.650G
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet  
0-30mph1.23secs
0-60mph2.96secs
0-100mph6.90secs
0-150mph16.10secs
400m11.06secs @ 127.2mph
1000m20.17secs @ 163.7mph
Max G0.784G

Recommended

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2021 review – a drop-top supercar alternative?
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – header
Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2021 review – a drop-top supercar alternative?

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is hugely capable, but remains a compromise over the hardtop
9 May 2021
TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo S has more power than a GT2 RS
TechArt 992 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche 911 Turbo

TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo S has more power than a GT2 RS

German tuner TechArt has worked its magic on the 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo
1 Dec 2020
Porsche unveils 911 Turbo S to match your £8m Embraer business jet
Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche unveils 911 Turbo S to match your £8m Embraer business jet

The Porsche 911 Turbo S has been given the Exclusive Manufaktur treatment, this time, in collaboration with Embraer
6 Nov 2020

Most Popular

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021