Godzilla still has some bite left

There once was a time when the Nissan GT-R could lay the smackdown on some of the finest supercars in the world. But with the current-generation Godzilla now more than a decade old, it’s safe to say that it doesn’t intimidate the way it used to in the past.

So, what exactly beguiled the folks over at Carwow to have a current R35 GT-R race against a BMW M8 and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso? The answer, of course, lies in what we don’t see. This particular GT-R isn’t a stock model; it’s been tuned to produce the kind of power that can rival the M8 and GTC4Lusso, making this race more interesting than it deserves to be.

How can the Nissan GT-R keep up against the BMW M8 and Ferrari GTC4Lusso?

On its own, the Nissan R35 GT-R probably doesn’t have a chance against either the BMW M8 or the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. Sure, Godzilla has received minor updates through the years, most recently gaining a bump in output for its 3.8-liter twin-turbo VR38DETT V-6 engine.

In its latest form, the GT-R’s twin-turbo V-6 unit can produce 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque.
It's Time for You to See How a Tuned Nissan GT-R Holds Up Against a BMW M8 Competition and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso
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On the other hand, the BMW M8 is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque while the Ferrari GTC4Lusso’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine pumps out 681 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque.

The numbers favor the two European exotics, but the GT-R is in this race because it’s not an ordinary GT-R. This specific model has been tuned to deliver an output of 630 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.

It's Time for You to See How a Tuned Nissan GT-R Holds Up Against a BMW M8 Competition and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso
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Feels more like a competitive race now, does it?

So did the modified GT-R keep up with the M8 and the GTC4Lusso?

It's Time for You to See How a Tuned Nissan GT-R Holds Up Against a BMW M8 Competition and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso
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To an extent, it did.

The Japanese supercar held its own against its rivals in a series of challenges.

It held its own against the M8 and the GTC4Lusso in a drag race, finishing just 0.2 seconds behind the Ferrari and 0.6 seconds behind the BMW. Yes, the M8 won that race.

The next few challenges ended with similar results. The M8 and the GTC4Lusso, by virtue of being more technically advanced than the R35 GT-R, won their share of challenges as the GT-R brought up the rear. It wasn’t embarrassed, though, which is a victory in it of itself relative to its age.

Ultimately, the M8 turned out the most impressive performance across the board. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the Ferrari’s presence in all the challenges.

What did we learn about the Nissan GT-R from this race?

It's Time for You to See How a Tuned Nissan GT-R Holds Up Against a BMW M8 Competition and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso
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Even with all the performance modifications, there’s no substitute for age. The R35-generation GT-R is more than a decade old. Nissan needs a new-generation model stat. The alternative to that is seeing the GT-R get put in its place by newer and more modern supercars.

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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