Watch this 911 Turbo S outgun a 700-horsepower GT-R using the Porsche Sport Response setting

Horsepower and torque are extremely important when it comes to drag racing, but curb weight can also make a big difference. In short, power-to-weight ratio is the most significantt aspect. But cars have evolved to the point where technology can also make a difference. And this is exactly what this video of a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a Nissan GT-R racing for the quickest quarter mile time is all about.

Must See: A 700-Horsepower Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 Duke It Out on the Drag Strip
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The folks over at 888MF paired a 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S and a 2017 Nissan GT-R for a drag strip duel. The Porsche comes 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, while the Nissan packs 700 horses and 597 pound-feet.

The Japanese coupe wins the power battle, but things are leveled out when we factor curb weight into the equation. That's because the GT-R is almost 225 pounds heavier than the 911.

Official ratings say that both cars are capable of hitting 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, so the outcome should be pretty close right?

Must See: A 700-Horsepower Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 Duke It Out on the Drag Strip
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It actually is, but the Nissan manages to cross the finish line more than a second quicker. But things become really interesting for the second run. Because that’s when the Porsche driver activates the Porsche Sport Response setting.

This setup, available at the push of a button, modifies the drivetrain for maximum acceleration for around 20 seconds. The PDK gearbox also goes into full performance mode, while the turbochargers are allowed to overboost.

It turns out that this feature makes a massive difference. The 911 Turbo takes off much quicker, leaving the GT-R behind by a few meters in just a matter of seconds. It also crosses the finish line some two seconds ahead of the Nissan. The 911 wins the third race in a similar fashion to take the final victory.

Now this is a fine example of how modern technology can make a huge difference in a (drag) racing scenario.


Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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