Few rivalries are as heated as that between the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911. And with both models having recently been updated, Evo magazine has taken the updated GT-R and the new 911 Carrera S to the Bedford Autodrome for a little head-on-head action. And who better to put in front of the camera and behind the wheel than Tiff Needell, the longtime Fifth Gear co-host who's now doing a series of video tests for the magazine British enthusiasts love best.

Now if you're thinking that the GT-R really ought to be compared to the 911 Turbo and not the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera S, well, you're probably right. Particularly since Nissan hiked the price on its latest performance flagship to nearly $100,000. But Porsche hasn't released the turbocharged version of its latest 911, so the Carrera S will have to do. Skip past the break to see how they compare, as well as which one is Tiff's favorite.



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      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Notice how much less he speaks while driving the 911. Because he is so focused on driving skill vs point and shoot. That pretty much says it all for me.
        Philip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        But even given the extra concentration while driving the Porsche, Tiff was still 2.7 seconds slower than in the GT-R. I imagine that the difference between the two timings would have been more if Tiff had paid the same amount of attention while driving the GT-R. Also, I think the launch control as well as the traction control was disabled on the GT-R.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiff + Evo = Epic..
      LArceNY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im sorry but has anyone else seen someone get the GTR sideways through corners like that? Nobody seemed to mention that. Ive seen alot of GTR tests and comparison videos but Ive never seen anyone drift one through corners in that fashion. Is the new model tweaked to allow more oversteer or is it the increased power that is making the car get the tail end sideways? Either way my hat's off to Tiff he really is a superb driver.
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me there is no winner or loser in this comparo...I would be proud to own and drive either one of these cars. If I could only have one it would be the 911 though..
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      haha (noo -_- your camaro looks nothing better than these too stop smoking that stuff
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      that. was. so. BEAUTIFUL.
      jase.s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiff Needle is great driver and just about the only person I'd trust to run two completely different cars side-by-side and get the most from them. I don't really care what cars are compared next, just have someone of Tiff's caliber driving them and it'll be great.
      maradine
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure of testing the 2012 911 S in an unoccupied industrial park, on a PDK demo that had no chance of ever meeting its break-in requirements. No car has ever made me conscious of my heart rate before. I have every intention of flogging the GT-R before making the big decision, but that level of visceral seems tough to mimic. On the other hand, I could just buy a house.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Both are great cars.
      nismokid02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiff once again proves its not the car but the man behind the wheel. Tiff can light up anything!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      elmo.the2nd
      • 2 Years Ago
      both over rated, my Stang has more HP per $ than either of these + if I adjust the camber I can to about 1g on the skid pad. I tried it once in a Wall Mart parking lot late at night
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