These are two performance cars that you’d want in your garage

The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.

That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.

The Tale of the Tape

As with most drag races of this ilk, it’s important to set some parameters first before diving into the actual race. In this case, a tale of the tape is in order given the similarities between the two models.

First, let’s start with the Nissan GT-R. We already know what Godzilla is capable of.

It has a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque.

It’s capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and it can blitz a quarter-mile in as quick as 10.8 seconds.

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The BMW M5, on the other hand, carries a bigger 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

Bimmer claims that the M5 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and hit a quarter-mile in under 11 seconds.

The numbers paint a compelling picture in that both the GT-R and the M5 return similar performance figures. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be an intriguing race between these two performance titans.

Surprising Results, or Are They?

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Watching this episode from Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders can get a little tricky. The hosts talk in their native tongue and the lack of English subtitles makes the first half of the video completely skippable. So go ahead and do that. Move to the 13-minute mark if you want to skip all the pleasantries and head straight to the action.

The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R engage in a series of races. The first of these races is a quarter-mile jaunt and includes a deactivated launch control function. Both the M5 and the GT-R are also wearing winter tires. The results are a tad surprising in that the BMW M5 actually crossed the quarter-mile mark first with a time of 11.42 seconds, barely beating the Nissan GT-R, which clocked a time of 11.65 seconds. Both cars posted slower times than their respective manufacturer claims, but you can blame that discrepancy on those winter tires.

The second race is your typical 0-to-62-mph acceleration test and again, the M5 beat the GT-R with a time of 3.61 seconds to 3.8 seconds for Godzilla.
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Once more, both performance cars posted slower sprint times relative to their manufacturer claims — the GT-R was 1.1 seconds slower! — and the likely culprit, again, are those tires.

The last race is a rolling start at 37 mph and, well, we’re not going to spoil the results of that one. Go ahead and watch the video to find out which of these two was the quicker between them.

The BMW M5’s Dirty Little Secret

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So, the BMW M5 proved itself the superior car in at least two of the three races, and it did so despite having largely similar power and performance capabilities as the Nissan GT-R. So, what was the M5’s secret sauce?

The thing is, the BMW M5 might be faster and more powerful than BMW is letting on. Back in May 2019, Car and Driver put the M5 through a series of tests and discovered that the performance sedan’s 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine could produce as much as 617 horsepower and a whopping 603 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. The publication used a Dynojet all-wheel-drive dynamometer used by Livernois Motorsports and Engineering in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and to avoid any torque multiplication by the car’s eight-speed transmission, Car and Driver ran the test in sixth gear, which, according to the magazine, was a “direct drive or 1.00:1 ratio.”

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It’s not uncommon for BMW to understate the power and performance capabilities of its models, and it looks to be the case with the M5 F90. That’s probably why it didn’t seem all that fazed lining up next to Godzilla. It had a surprising roar of its own.

Source: YouTube - DizzyRiders

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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