Here we have Autocar making an unforeseen comparison: the Nissan GT-R against the Alpina B6 at Brands Hatch and on public roads. Steve Sutcliffe clobbers the circuit in the 3,828-pound, all-wheel-drive sports car, then sees how well the 4,114-pound, rear-wheel drive grand tourer does against it.

Sutcliffe says there are quite a few similarities between the two cars, but that's really only on the spec sheet. The Nissan's got two turbos attached to its 3.8-liter V6, 542 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The Alpina's got two turbos attached to its 4.4-liter V8, 532 hp and 528 lb-ft. But one's brief is to be a monster on the track, the other on the boulevard, and if there's anything the video demonstrates, it's each car's focus.

The results are lopsided, and so is the way the winner was chosen. Sutcliffe's still fun to watch, though, and you'll find him in action in the video below.





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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      The BMW looks just like every other BMW of the last 30 years. I'll take the GT-R and never look back.
        Giom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I thought of doing a little collage of the past thirty year BMW design, so you can see what utterly stupid comment that is. But I don't feel like it.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giom
          Go right ahead. Prove to me how the laziest design department on the planet is something other than that.
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      one question... he turns everything off in the Alpina and complains about tail going sideways but has everything turned on in the GT-R and let the computers sort out the traction... WHY? second question...why the hell comparing a elegant GT cruiser to a car that is only build to produce numbers and lap times?
        Twittavelli
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        By George I think you've got it. As I said with the r8 comparison. If I had the money, you can keep your gtr. R8 and B6 all day. I'm not racing any where but to the bank. Although the gtr might be a good get away car lol.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's suddenly GTR versus everything. Both cars are ugly designs that won't stand the test of time.
      Deckard
      • 1 Year Ago
      You are the Georg who cried every time GT-R beat a german car at fastest laps ? The Alpina is a typical overpriced german car with a gutless engine. Twin turbo V8 cant catch a twin turbo V6 . Luxury ? Nope Alpina its not a luxury car.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      GTR is a track car first and foremost, the Alpina is more a of "CEO" daily driver, hence the Alpina being much more attractive than the GTR, but not as potent.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Styling is subjective, but I can't understand the attraction to the six series. It literally looks obese to me. And the line across the nose is just a styling mistake. I can't unsee it.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        What's attractive about the BMW? In comparison to the BMW, what's less attractive about a Honda Accord?
      Ionut
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a jackass the presenter is @ nissan: 'you can fill all the systems doing all they possibly can to manage it' @ bmw: 'I'm not trusting the front end on this car [...] I've got everything turned off'
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ionut
        Front end is due to lack of steering wheel feel.
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW-Alpina are considered a cult since 70's and that's what actually are. Alpina means somethin different than a common BMW or even compared to an M, you will always have a super exclusive BMW in your hands. You can think of the Alpina as a highly tuned BMW with engine and transmission combinations not available from the factory. Since the late 1970s Alpina has been recognized by TÜV as an automobile manufacturer, thus Alpina-built cars are branded and registered as Alpina instead of BMW, although an Alpina can be bought and serviced at local BMW dealerships, and covered if there is a warranty issue.
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      the more i see these gt-r sledgehammering match-ups, the more i wonder why nissan doesn't crank out more and one or two variations. the gt-r is edging into veyron territory when it comes the numbers and at a "bargain" price. while some still scoff, berate, belittle the gt-r, i have come to respect it more and more as it has evolved. I hope Nissan is willing and able to morph the gt-r into a new Z version someday.
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      for this kind of cash i think a maserati gt or and audi r8 would be my choice
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        Or wait a couple years for the Maserati's price to drop like a rock and you won't even need half the cash.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Complaining about too much feedback from the wheel from a sports car is pretty lame. The goal should be driver engagement. I would prefer a Lotus or a Boxster to either of these, but if I only had a choice between the Alpina and the GT-R, it wouldn't be a question. One is a bloated luxobarge and the other is, rightly, a legend.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      To sum up the entire video, "duh".
      Goahead
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not coincidence that GTR gets picked on by so many other cars for comparisons, including ones that cost much more. GTR is best car for the money in the world bar none! I'd owned it if I was single! :)
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