Car magazines have been getting their press fleet of the Nissan GT-R to test drive and race against Godzilla’s biggest competitors, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Corvette Z06. Carrying a curb weight of 3850lb, it’s baffling to many how the GT-R is beating its closest price competitors that long held prestigious performance titles.
Nissan states on paper that the GT-R produces 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque along with a weight-to-power ratio of about 8.1 pounds per horsepower. 0-60, as stated by Nissan, comes in at 3.5 seconds, although car magazines like CARandDRIVER have done it in 3.3. According to MotorTrend, with the amount of weight that the GT-R carries, it should need about 550 to 570 horses to keep up with the 911 turbo. Is Nissan lying about the GT-R’s real performance figures?
To figure it out MotorTrend ran a dyno test at K&N Engineering in Riverside, California, using their Dynojet and borrowing some time from the R&D team. After three runs, K&N selected the median of 430.6 horsepower and 425.3 lb-ft of torque. Taking into account the 15 percent drivetrain loss MotorTrend’s conservative estimate suggests that the GT-R is actually producing 507-hp and 500 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.
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