Okay, this is an easy one. If we told you to pick a performance winner between the Nissan GT-R and the BMW M5, we're guessing the vast majority of you would pick Godzilla to come out on top. Both vehicles feature over 500 horsepower, but the BMW weighs over 400 pounds more, and the GT-R counters with one of the world's most impressive all-wheel-drive systems.

That didn't stop the Autocar team from pitting the M5 against the GT-R in a test of acceleration, cornering, braking, G-force and general feel. Given the GT-R's 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and its reputation for otherworldly handling, you know how this one is going to play out. But will the Nissan super coupe take all five tests? To be honest, a few of the tests were a bit closer than we would have thought. Hit the jump to check it out.



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      • 2 Years Ago
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        Jon
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exactly. Obviously if you want a sports car the GT-R is a better choice, but some people want a car they can flog around yet take long trips in comfort with, or take the family on a trip or out to dinner. the BMW is more practical (not that either fit that bill 100%). I see some reason for the comparison, but they are totally different cars. The outcome didn't surprise me. I'm actually surprised how close some of the stuff was. The gt-r is basically a street legal race car.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      the GT-R certainly punches over its weight Nissan did an excellent job engineering this car
      Stefan
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those saying this is a bad comparo; yes from a paper standpoint. But actually, if you visit bimmerforums or vice versa, you will see many owners going to the "other side" and vice versa. So for these potential trader/buyers, they might want to know such facts. The question is really; is the performance delta worth the feel/luxury provided in the M5?
      Josh C
      • 2 Years Ago
      The reviewer was just looking for an excuse to drive a GT-R and an M5 back to back. I don't think there is any question that he fulfilled that purpose. And had a blast doing so.
      Aaron Martin-Colby
      • 2 Years Ago
      The M5 performed very well. Better than I would have expected. Bravo BMW for turning what's essentially a luxury sedan into that beast.
      max
      • 2 Years Ago
      both of these cars make me very horny
      Ace Convoy
      • 2 Years Ago
      GT-R- Planet Namek M5- Planet Earth
      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      I prefer the M5 but there's no doubting the GT-R is an impressive machine.
      mistertwo98
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least this is better then the recent road and track. A GTR vs. a Camaro ZL1.How many times are chevy going to take a corvette engine and throw it in something else and call it a day... Then they compare each one to the GTR which is silly. The GTR is a great car and i get how its a baseline now for performance for value. The Camaro was 2 seconds slower around the track but mutiply that by even 10 laps and your 20 seconds behind so why compare them?
        AnonymousOne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mistertwo98
        ... actually it's a CTS-V based powerplant. The LSA, while based on the Corvette LS series engines, is not, strictly speaking, a Corvette engine. Also .. the ZL1 is about $30K dollars less expensive. I'd take a Godzilla over the ZL1 if I had my choice between the two but give Chevy some credit for turning a mullet-wearing streetbruiser into a viable track-car.
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many of the usual autoblog readers are actively looking for a kitten or small child to kick after seeing another gtr owns "x" car vid again. Suck it down haterz. M5 is still an awesome car though.
      Eric G
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a pretty fun comparison. I only wish that the audio/video quality was better. You can hardly hear these cars at all!
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