• Feb 25, 2008
Britain's Autocar hit the track with the BMW M3, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche 911 GT3 to see which of the musclebound sports cars could best its immediate competition, and they captured the three-way face-off on video. There's been plenty of GT-R vs. Porsche chatter since the Nissan's launch, but how would Bimmer's latest juggernaut fare against a tag-team of the GT-R and Zuffenhausen's latest road carver? We're not going to spoil it for you. Follow the jump to see if Godzilla devours Germany or if Nissan's monster is repelled by the defensive outposts in Munich or Stuttgart.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      This was interesting... Horrible launch in his own M3...

      But nonetheless the GT-R is one hell of a car at the price point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know the GT-R and Porsche GT3 are arguably better than the M3, but I can't help but think that they really aren't meant to be in the same class, despite the similar price-point.

      Correct me if i'm wrong but I remember the original BMW 3-series and M3 cars were reknowned for their handling and road-worthyness and weren't exactly horsepower monsters or anything.

      That said, if you take the cars for what they are then you shouldn't regret purchasing any of them, because its really up to your needs and tastes. They're all really great cars anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couldn't have said it better myself Maestro. It was a pretty cool comparo but you wouldn't want to make this comparo the soul criteria for buying any of the vehicles. Each is great in their own respect so I think its hard to say whether one car trumped another or not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously, Autoblog. The best post you've put up in weeks. GT-R! I love it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After watching the videos, in my opinion there's no fun in driving the GT-R since everything is all done for you. Take away the turbos and the flappy gear box and then pin it against the M3 and the 911 and it won't be headline news. I like to DRIVE the car rather than a computer doing it. There's no challenge. As fast as the GT-R is, I believe it's a car for those who don't know how to really DRIVE cars. It's just a gimmick. I don't consider it at all since I despise any kind of automation in a transmission. I'd take the M3 over the GT-R without hesitation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ RIR:
        I agree completely. That's like saying take away four turbos, the DSG and 10 cylinders from a Veyron and a 911, M3 or GT-R will hand it it's ass on a silver platter. The cars are built around specific platforms and follow specific design and engineering cues. They're intended to outperform the other cars in their respective classes. Everyone started from basically a blank sheet, so you can't penalize one for coming up with more innovations than the other. IMO, it should be the other way around. On top of that, Porsche and BMW have had many years of experience in building world beating sports cars, with rich worldwide racing history and plenty of accolades. That the "Datsun"... as many bloggers here refer to it sometimes... manages to hang with, and walk away from this crowd is nothing short of impressive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The tester looked to be having plenty of fun to me... matter of fact, he didn't look all that excited wrestling with the Porsche: more like stressed. He seemed to have much more fun getting that BMW sideways and enjoying the immense grip and thrust of the GT-R... but to each his own.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Take away the turbos?

        Yes, well, I'm sure if you take away the wheels or anything else from the GT-R it wouldn't be much fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.autocar.co.uk/VideosWallpapers/Videos.aspx?AR=231444&CT=V

      There's the second part.

      That's a great vid. I just hope this isn't derailed by pointless "zomg they should've included the Corvette cus it's better" junk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I'd take the M3. IMO--> Better sound (v8), better styling, rwd, and a REAL manual transmission with that third pedal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GT3 has three as well. You mean you'd take it over the GT-R?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In a Fifth gear episode, M3 best launch time was achieved with Traction control set on M Dynamic Mode.. This guy does not know much about his own car....
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy is a great reviewer on camera. Fifth Gear or American Top Gear should totally hire him. He's got a nice mix of driving skill and enthusiasm, like a Tiff or Plato, but less annoying and way less pretentious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good video, but why put the M3 in this test....right now its more a GT car than a full on sports car, I mean did anyone really think it had any hope of beating either the 911 or the Skyline?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They did it simply for interest and as they said at the beginning, for no other reason than it has the same price point at the GT-R. That doesn't mean they are meant to compete against each other.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Er, GT-R is a GT. Heck, even the badge says so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        M3 a GT car? This is evidence that BMW has lost it's way, when it's M3 cars, once considered track cars back in the day are now considered GT cars. Just by weight alone, it not a track car you can drive everyday.

        So, it's not poppy cock.. that all the BMW enthusiast who had BMW cars back in the 70's have stopped owning BMWs or complain -righteously so- about BMW making bloated cars these days.

        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed, the M3 is simply in a different class.
      • 6 Years Ago
      when can we expect to see a GT-R vs. a 911 GT2?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great videos, and very good reviewer, but I wonder why he incessantly keeps calling it a Skyline? It is just a GT-R. The Skyline named has been dropped now. Just the Nissan GT-R. Not the Skyline, not the Skyline GT-R. Just GT-R.

      Not to nitpick =p
      • 6 Years Ago
      For shame...not getting enough views so you have to plug here?! What a douche.
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