Supercar slayer. That's what they call the Nissan GT-R. And in many ways it is, even though its price and performance over the years have risen to put it squarely in supercar territory of its own right.

In fact, as Evo magazine has been compiling a list of its fastest cars – using the Anglesey Circuit in Wales as its common ground – the GT-R has came out on top... that is, until Evo tested the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The two are about as different as you can get within the supercar segment: one has a turbo six up front driving all four wheels in a 2+2 configuration, the other a mid-engined, rear-drive V8 two-seater. In fact the only common ground you're likely to find between them comes down to their two doors and dual-clutch transmissions. Though they serve it up in different ways, both are class-leading performers.

We're looking forward to watching Evo populate its leaderboard with more entries like the McLaren 650S and more potent Nismo GT-R, but in the meantime the British enthusiast magazine, by popular demand, has released side-by-side in-car footage of both supercars putting their best lap forward around the seaside circuit.


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      landypd5
      • 4 Months Ago

      No surprise here the 458 special is basicly a stripped version of the regular 458 italia mostly made with carbon fiber door panels, air box and manifolds making it 200 lbs lighter but wow the GTR- is not that far behind.

        John Spatz
        • 4 Months Ago
        @landypd5

        Not far behind?  It is 2.7 seconds behind on a lap that took 1:14... that is forever behind.

          HollywoodF1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @John Spatz

          Correct.  In a Formula 1-length race, the GTR would be lapped 3 times by the 458 Speciale.  

        Titansfan1967
        • 4 Months Ago
        @landypd5

        Yes you are right and I guess GM mag ride helped too!

          HollywoodF1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Titansfan1967

          And the first V8 engine was invented by Rolls Royce.  What's your point?

      Buenen
      • 4 Months Ago

      Not to say the GT-R is the faster car here, but obviously GT-R's traction control was ON for the whole lap (check the 3rd switch to the left side). That's totally unfair advantage given to the Ferrari.  

      I think with the traction control switched off, the 2.7s margin should be around 1.5-1.7s at most. Even the Ferrari's lap was full of mistakes by the driver! 

      Teleny411
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Ferrari wins in all categories.   The GT-R is an amazing car, but so cheap & ugly looking.

        Big Rocket
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Teleny411

        A Ferrari will always win, it has been documented:

        http://jalopnik.com/5760248/how-ferrari-spins

          AcidTonic
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Big Rocket

          Thanks for the link. Not sure why you're being downvoted.

          Truth hurts. (You are wrong for exposing it, Ferrari is however not wrong for doing it. Typical National-Security mindset.)

      Flash
      • 4 Months Ago
      How can you say it's a supercar slayer when it's 2.7 seconds slower?
      Liam
      • 4 Months Ago

      The GT-R was never on top. they set the benchmark with the speciale

      sixsix
      • 4 Months Ago

      Too different animals. Neither are supercars. The Ferrari is an exotic and the GTR is a sports car. The GTR belongs in the Corvette and Porsche 911 category. I don't care how fast the essentially driverless GTR can go, a Ferrari is a Ferrari.

        thequebecerinfrance
        • 4 Months Ago
        @sixsix

        The GTR has been described again and again by journalist as a lott more fun to drive then people might think. It's not a driverless car by any means.

      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 4 Months Ago

      Now put a Porsche 911 GT3 into the mix.  

      Gator
      • 4 Months Ago

      It's so embarrassing for the M4 to be that close with the M5. Should beat it by at least 1sec.

      Titansfan1967
      • 4 Months Ago

      When will they test the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

      PiCASSO
      • 4 Months Ago

      The M4 is the best value... at $811 per second on this lap compared to the 458 at $4k/sec.  Is the 458 worth the 5-seconds on the track for another $234k?  No.

                                                

      Car / Lap Time / MSRP / MSRP per Lap Second

      Ferrari 458 Speciale  / 74.2 sec  / $298,000  / $4,016
      Nissan GT-R  / 76.9 sec / $102,000 / $1,326
      Porsche 911 Carrera / 77.8 sec / $98,900 / $1,271
      BMW M4   / 79.2 sec / $64,200 / $811
      BMW M5   / 79.7 sec / $93,600 / $1,174



        white_blur47
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PiCASSO

        You can't assume cost per performance is going to be linear.

        thequebecerinfrance
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PiCASSO

        But you did not include the fun factor. Only fanbois think numbers mean every thing.

        quuppa70
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PiCASSO

        there are many cars with better values than BMW

        HollywoodF1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PiCASSO

        Leave it to an accountant to miss the difference between winning and losing.

      phyron
      • 2 Months Ago

      seriously guys? i'm not a fanboy or anything

      nismo gtr vs 458 speciale.

      that should've been a better head to head

      as both car is a street legal stripped out track car

      i find this is stupid, what would people say if

      evo put a nismo gt3 vs 458 speciale?

      i believe people would not even care about the outcomes, 

      they wont even compare. 

      and here i believe that is the same story with the above comparison.

      cheers, :P just my 2 cents. no offence to anybody, :)


      Read Tull
      • 4 Months Ago

      Having driven both cars on a track before (the same track were I normally take my Z) this shouldn't really be a comparison. The Italian should trounce the GTR. Both very fun cars though.

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