The team over at Motor Trend has pitted the new Audi R8 V10 Plus against the Nissan GT-R. While both of the bright red all-wheel-drive supercars are comparably matched in power output, the similarities end there. Audi offers a mid-engine aluminum coupe with a naturally aspirated V10 that spits out 550 horsepower. Nissan shows up with a more traditional coupe equipped with a 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 at the front of the car.

The Head-to-Head video takes both cars to the Streets of Willow Springs in the California desert for some track work with professional racing driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel. After a day at the track, the pair head to the local mountains for some spirited real-world driving. One dominates on the circuit, while the other earns back its credibility in the canyons. We won't tell you which coupe comes out on top, but we think you may be surprised. Follow the link below to watch for yourself.


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      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GTR is a freak of physics. I think it's a ridiculous mistake for Audi to not include better tires when the mechanical godzilla is breathing down super car necks at half the price.
        Kyle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clock
        The GTR's amazing acceleration can be attributed to its awd system and very short gear spacing. Of course the R-spec compound tires don't hurt it either.
      Dixon Ticonderoga
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we've reached the super car fork in the road where you have to pick fastest lap time OR driver engagement. Given how high the limits are on almost any car with sporting pretensions today, I feel that the right answer is GT-R + E46 M3. The 40 grand or so left over buys a decent amount of tires.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, both are amazing machines and I'd kill to have either one. The R8 is beatiful and sounds amazing, it is closer to a true exotic than the GT-R. With that said, since I actually track my vehicles, the GT-R would be my pick. It is less money, more capable, aftermarket support is insane, as is the modification potential. Also, I'd guess that maintenance is less expensive on the GT-R than it is on the V10, aside from the ridiculous fluid cost for the transmission.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        This past year was the last year for the pre-facelift R8. I imagine the new dual clutch and horsepower bump will increase sales substantially.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ferps
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        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        The R8 looks good because its a mid engine car 98% of the mid engine cars never look bad but the GT-R looks good for a coupe without the supercar design.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @zizixx89
          and GTR is a rear wheel drive and the awd drive comes on automatically it is not full, but the sys tem is one of the best in the world.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the car Tony Stark downgraded to in Iron Man 3?
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the capabilities of the GTR and prefer the look of the R8 between the two although, I like the new NSX design wise, even more. Of course, for us mere mortals, I'd love to see Honda build a production version of this ( http://automedia.investor.bg/a/0-nachalo/11068-honda-shte-pokaje-nova-koncepciia-na-elektromobil/ ) with a nice tunable 250hp turbo VTEC or something comparable and starting in the mid 30k USD range. This is a car that would stand out in the market. Of course, they may be competing against the 370Z which makes quite a bit more power but, there's nothing on the market that looks like this.
      Moses
      • 1 Year Ago
      GT-R for weekends. A6 Avant during the week.
        Rick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moses
        I'd take RS6 Advant during the week and an M3 on the weekends.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gojira!
      RK
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I had to have a daily driver, it'd be the GT-R. More room inside, more upright driving position, and can (w/better street tires), handle the rain where I live (Seattle). Too bad it's so ugly, which why it'd make a great beater. But for a weekend car, ya, the R8 V10 (why not call it the R10?). Better looking (although I really despise that band on the side, so I'd have my R8 in black), and more luxurious inside.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RK
        Calling it an R10 would mean it's a different car if you were going to go by their naming convention for all their other models.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great video. I can just imagine the volume of hate mail they are about to get!
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 1 Year Ago
      i respect the GT-R but oh my, i love the R8, that sound, that sexiness, that sophistication... it`s my dream car, really!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's cute that VW is desperately trying to go upmarket. They have a long way to go in the appearance. Even the 370Z looks better than this R8.
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