• Dec 10, 2009

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These are our favorite kinds of car videos. Take a few super hot, fire-breathing, track-ready road cars and pit them against one another on a race track and see who wins. Autocar magazine's Steve Sutcliffe assembled the Nissan GT-R, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Audi R8 V10 at the UK's Castle Combe circuit to see which of the entry level supercars could turn in the fastest lap.

The GT-R is the low-cost track star of the bunch, with the most mass, the least power and, arguably the most grip of the group. The 911 Turbo is the featherweight of the entry supercar trio, with middle-of-the-pack power and an (apparently) adventurous ride. The R8 V10 has the most power and Audi's excellent Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Sutcliffe took all through road warriors through the paces at Castle Combe, and the dynamic trio finished within about one second of each other. One of them could have won if it weren't for some iffy brakes, another didn't quite have the grip to win the day while the winner was quickest in and out of turns. Who won? You'll have to hit the jump and watch the high-res footage to find out.





[Source: Autocar via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      id like to know if they're using the new 911 with PDK with 500 hp and that overboost thing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Audi R8 is such a joke, why does such an underachieving car even exist?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is the R8 V10 cheaper than a Gallardo? I thought they were about the same price.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a nice looking and cheaper alternative to a Gallardo.
        Have you driven one lately??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Grrr I cannot tolerate people such as yourself, all of you laugh like Butthead and have friends who are even stupider, i.e. Beavis.

        R8 is one of the few sports-cars which handle well on track (aside from brakes, I am sure ceramics will be an option soon), and right supremely well on the road. They are a good alternative to a 911 Turbo and a Gallardo, as a matter of fact they are somewhere in between in terms of their hardcore-ness.

        But hey it's all right you're 17, still relying on Motor-Trend for all your automotive knowledge and you play Uno on Xbox360 religiously with your friend. Is Need for Speed: Shift your favorite game?

        • 5 Years Ago
        I wish your dumb ass comments didn't exist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ SuckSquishBangBlow

        Have you driven an NSX? They're still amazing cars, damn fine to look at (especially without popups) and hugely usable. They just rotate so well. It's like the scalpel of cornering (still!) compared to the sledgehammers other supercars at the time were.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Nateb123: I think sucksquish was trying to make fun of the poster, not the NSX... since the NSX and R8 have the same performance characteristics in mind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        to get PU**Y
        • 5 Years Ago
        because not everyone wants a 911.

        variety is always good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Is Need for Speed: Shift your favorite game?"

        Ouch. EA, I hope you're listening regarding the next NFS installment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually while I don't like nsx4life's comments, I will admit that NSX is a fantastic car and especially given fact that Ayrton Senna and Alex Zanardi (later on) played a part in its development and evolution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's funny that you, of all people, should say that. I can't imagine a more overpriced, underachieving, car than the NSX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice waste of time. I thought the 911 might just even it. Close... but dang that GT-R can corner. No wonder it ruined Clarkson's neck last year at Fuji. haha

      R8 V10. Pointless.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree....what can the audi beat?

        The LF-A destorys the A8 in craftsmanship, performance, exclusivity.....imo the A8 is not a super car....just a sport car.


        The GTR is a good bang for the buck...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course I did. His stupidity still needs to be mocked though. Why the hell would you compare a $150,000 car to a $400,000 car? If I went onto a story about the Hyundai Tiburon and informed everybody that it's a pointless car because it isn't as good as the Porsche Boxster, I'd be laughed off this site. Two completely different price points don't warrant a direct comparison. A much better question would be, "Is the LFA really $250,000 better to drive than an R8 V10?" Go ahead and take your LFA anyways if you want. For that money I could buy an R8 V10, an Exige, a Triumph Rocket III, and still have over $100,000 to waste on hookers and blow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you guys realized that he's talking about R8 not A8. However, I would take LFA over any Audis. With Japanese's front and high end interior, I don't think any Audis can cost over LFA. errr the 60s ones in auction maybe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        The A8 destroys the LFA in seating capacity and price. Why would you compare an absurdly expensive sports car to very expensive flagship sedan though? And what do either have to do with this story?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GT-R is the best...
        • 5 Years Ago
        probally the same will happen as the forgotten 300ZX tt.
        with more than 300hp from a 3.0, an awefull lot from a pretty small engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't necessarily say that. It's the fastest around the corners but that isn't the only criteria for what makes 'the best car' of the three.

        That said, if I had the money it would be my pick =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dammit, I was just beginning to move that car to the back of my head...and then this shows up! I know it might be one of "least expensive " expensive super-cars, but I don't think I'll ever be able to afford the GT-R. Still...can't stop and stare whenever I see one of these babies; to me the look of the GT-R is much more exclusive than the 911 or the R8. I saw one on my drive back home, and there was a blonde woman driving it! Drove me mad, but maybe her boyfriend/husband just has good taste in cars...although she's very lucky to have a man let her drive it.

        Dammit, I was CLEAN, Autoblog! Now I gotta break out that Japanese GT-R magazine that has so many nice pics but not a word I can read!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It might be the best track car for less than professional driver's, but it only looks good if you are 14 years old or younger. If I had the kind of money where I could afford any of these three, I wouldn't even test drive the GTR.
        99% of the people who can afford these cars couldn't make it around that track in under 2 minutes so the track times are not relevant. Unless, of course, your lack of self esteem requires you to have the car that is 1 second faster in the hands of a professional driver, regardless of how it looks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Personally, I wasn't satisfied with his driving of any of the cars, especially the V10 R8. It didn't look like he pushed it as hard as he could have, especially in the R8. That along with his comments about the brakes. This really doesn't prove anything imo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you are young or have no taste. It goes fast. That's it. It's a Nissan, so no badge recognition and it's ugly. I'd rather own the R8 any day because I wouldn't buy it to track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1st drove after breakfast, 2nd after lunch, and 3rd after dinner? seems logic to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you Autocar for actually improving your video to some extent. The previous stuff just looked cheesy.

      And: I guess it's worth springing for the carbon ceramic brakes on the R8. Shame that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      GT-R is King!

      But, out of the three I'd buy the 911 Turbo without hesitation. The Porsche is still the ultimate driving machine and we need a better driver to test drive those two, cause 2010 TT should have been able to match the GT-R...

      Did he even use the over-boost option ever?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wanted to reply to some comments from the first page.

      First, there is a merit to Audi making the R10. Clarkson said it's the best supercar he's driven , in a recent video. I'm not sure if it's a DVD of his or just for Top Gear. Leno had similar praise for the R8. Oh, and in an episode of Top Gear, the R8 went the farthest on a single gallon of gas, of the F430, Gallardo, Merc AMG 63, Aston DB something...

      To the comment of having a car to get tailm so to speak. you don't get p***y. Guys P***Y gets you. It will seek you out, not vice-versa. Unfortunately, it gets you for half you net worth and costs you endorsments, right Tiger?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks Mr. Bean!
      • 5 Years Ago
      All three are great cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree, it depends on the available wallet and personal needs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      entry level supercars.... audi R8 V10 is entry?! The V8 should be the entry super car for audi. The car is very beautiful but... it's performance is very lacking compare to the GTR. I wish the GTR had R8 looks.
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