Performance on par with a Porsche 911 Turbo was a well publicized benchmark for Nissan engineers when designing the new GT-R. Nissan even flaunted its achievement of a faster lap time for the Nürburgring circuit as proof positive. While the information coming out of the manufacturer's camp was impressive, it also came with a grain of salt. Nissan's own marketing fluff was biased, of course. What then would be the result of the same comparison without the obviously one-sided view? Being the curious automotive enthusiasts that they are, the Inside Line gang decided to pool their resources and get the new Nissan GT-R together with a Porsche 911 Turbo for a little playtime.
The playground consisted of German public roads -- the autobahn in particular. The game was chase; Porsche versus GT-R, with the GT-R as lead. The Nissan's confidence through corners helped it to frequently diminish the 911 Turbo's visage in its rearview mirrors. The Porsche created unsettling stomach-in-mouth moments on turns navigated gracefully by the GT-R. The smoothness of the GT-R was due to its more settled suspension and ATTESA all-wheel-drive system, thus allowing the driver to step on the throttle in an earlier phase of corner exit compared to the 911. In conclusion, it was determined that all the Nissan marketing hype had some merit after all.
While the Inside Line article greatly explores the everyday characteristics and feel of the GT-R versus the 911 Turbo, there's another IL piece that gets the two together on a racetrack. The resulting driver impression is much the same: the GT-R can go head to head with the best of the world.
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[Source: Inside Line]
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