• May 10, 2010
Lexus LFA versus Nissan GT-R – Click above to watch the video after the break

Japan is back in the supercar race in a major way following the introduction last year of the Nissan GT-R and the addition of the Lexus LFA for the 2011 model year. The question now is this: If the $85,000 GT-R is Godzilla, then what in the world (Or perhaps it's otherworldly? Read our review and decide for yourself.) is the nearly $400,000 (or more) Lexus?

Clearly, with a price gap that large, the two automakers don't necessarily count the opposing product as direct competition for its own... but that doesn't mean we aren't keenly interested in seeing how the two Japanese performance behemoths stack up when the light turns green. Got your interest piqued?

Fortunately for us, Motor Trend managed to procure a brand-new Lexus LFA for testing just long enough to line it up against the magazine's own long-term Nissan GT-R for an impromptu drag race. What happened? Well, the Lexus unleashed all 552 of its horsepower (at 8,700 RPM) and 354 pound-feet of torque (at 6,800 RPM) to its rear wheels and the Nissan used its all-wheel drive system to its advantage.

And? Click past the break to find out how the rest of the story unfolds. Oh, and as cool as this grudge match may be, we still want to see what happens between the two warriors after a few laps on a proper race track. Thanks to all who sent this in!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      LFA sounds great even though its not particularly a good looking car to my eyes. Im more impressed with the GTR that managed a 3.5 sprint to 60mph. The LFA's not as exciting 3/10s of a second slower time at 3.8 sec to 60, which is not impressive for a $400k car. If i had the means, I'd spread my 400k over two cars and pick the GTR and add an Audi R8 5.2V10 GT with 560bhp and a 3.2 sec run to 60mph. Ya that would do it for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So even thought the LFA cost almost over 4 times more it is only a hair quicker then the GT-R on the 1/4 mile?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only MT can come up so short with so much anticipation. At least this time the fight seems more fair against the GTR than any of their previous videos.

      Next time on MotorTrend! The GTR may be brutal at an unbrutal price, but can it win against the king of all family going vehicles?! Nissan GTR vs. Honda Odyssey!

      I'm not joking, its only a matter of time before MT comes with a comparo this lame against the GTR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And some idiots still buying expensive ferraris and lambos when GTR pwns them all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because everyone buys a supercar just for performance eh? Badge appeal, quality, luxuriousness, manual and exhaust sounds don't help choose?

        Not everyone buys a supercar just to be fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Proof that the LFA is way to expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or really just proof that the LFA isn't a drag racer...I mean come on you can build a car that'll easily outdrag both of those for even less money than the GT-R but it wouldn't make it a supercar. There's countless blown stangs out there that'll run the quarter in much less time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As cool as the Lexus is, at the end of the day, I would side with the GTR. Not like any of us could really take full advantage of either car, but I would want the AWD for wet roads and amateur driving security. If price really wasn't an option, I'd want the R8 GT over both of those.

      They should have hunt down a Spec V for that test, but at least the GTR can be bought, while you have to lease the LFA. Toyota needs to find a way to make production more affordable so they can actually sell the cars and at least lower the price to Italian prices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LFA seems like a lot of wasted effort. If that that technology and materials don't add to killer performance then what's the point?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're missing the point: this car is literally a little piece of the future. It's a huge R&D project. It's woven on a circular loom. If you look at the pictures of it in action, it's unbelievable. In time, we may all be driving in cars that are woven like that, giving us incredibly stiff and strong cars with very little weight. Designing the scoops on the front and creating a high-revving V10 that is lighter than a V6 is huge.

        This is an engineering project that happens to be a fast car. We'll see bits of this car in our future purchases for decades to come. It's like when you buy a new Mercedes. The stuff in those cars trickles down and we see the benefits in cheaper cars later.

        I think the LF-A and GT-R are beautiful. I don't have any use for EITHER of them, but the attention to detail and obvious passion for automotive engineering is so obvious I can't help but be super impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree. To me, the LF-A is simply a car that Toyota HAD TO produce simply to get SOMETHING out of the huge amount of money they dumped into the 10 year project.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LFA is awesome. Impressive! Sure, it might not be the quickest (even though I agree, the 1/4 mile is not a perfect indicator). How often do you go to the track as opposed to to how often you'd cruise around town in this car? To me, this Lexus is one of the nicest looking cars out there. I love the Supra-esque profile. It does look like a body though. This car will turn heads and garner attention just as much or more than a Ferrari or a Porsche. The engine is amazing. This car is way more special than the GTR. Plus, what it represents is special. It is Lexus's foray into the sports car realm. It's Toyota's return to racing. It tells us that there is more good stuff to come.

      That said - even if I had the money, I'd probably still get the GTR over the Lexus. Not just because it's cheaper. It just fits my style more. Not that there's anything wrong with the Lexus. I'd probably buy one over a lot of cars out there, even cheaper ones. It's just that I wouldn't be one of those rich guys that parked their car in a garage as if it's an art gallery or a museum. I'd use my cars everyday. The GTR is much easier to drive and easier to live with. I'd love to drive around town and smoke all the local Mustangs, Corvettes, and ricers. And yeah... with the price difference, I could probably buy one for the Misses too. hahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having seen both of these I'd order a ZR-1 instead. Having a car I can't stand to look at seems... awkward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      for 320K more .... wtf .... serious .... 320K and thats the best they can do ? .... the gt-r is TRULY GODZILLA
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was a set up race look up top gear and bugatti vs mclaren f1 pure setup...........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dream on... It's easy to just cry foul when it doesn't go your way but it's pretty evident that neither of those two races are "set up"
        • 4 Years Ago
        what do you want to ellaborate on please look up the facts the lexus lfa will destroy a gtr no matter what pure setup up.....look at the facts
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should have used GT-R spec V vs LF-A vs Zr-1 vs Viper SRT-10 ACR

      The best of America vs the best of Japan.

      An article of the ages it would be the most read.

      If you want to make it more in depth instead of the 10000 hp shootout they do every year.

      DO the best of america vs the best of japan vs the best of germany vs the best of italy.

      or call it The pride of a nation shootout. or the auto Olympics

      The americans
      zr-1 and Viper SRT 10 arc

      The italians
      lp670-4 and 599 gto

      The japs
      nissan gtr-spec V and Lf-a

      The germans
      Porshe 911 gt2 and audi R8 GT

      Make it a 27 page article each car gets 2.5 pages of content. and the winner gets 4 and the into and break down page gets 3. The article of the century. Motortrend or Car and Driver pay attention.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I may suggest a few changes:
        USA- The Viper is on it's death bed. Let it R.I.P. and wait for the next. In the meantime, the ZR-1 will have to do.
        Italy: Nice, but the Murciélago is also on its way out, so Gallardo Superleggera will fill in just fine as a replacement. Also, the F458 Scuderia (soon to be out) will surely give the rest a run for their money.
        Germany: I believe the MB SLS also deserves to be there. It has the looks, the go and the tech.
        Finally, may I suggest the the UK be represented by the McLaren MP4/12? On paper it looks like it could come out on top, at least dynamically (I find its design quite bland).

        Boy, if only something of this magnitude could be pulled off...test of the century, no doubt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem with that kind of comparo is a road course like the 'Ring will focus as much on the driver as the car. The old 0-100-0 was a good one in my book but for this level of car, it should be more like 0-150-0.
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