On paper, a race between a Nismo-tuned Nissan GT-R and a Mercedes-AMG GT S doesn’t sound like a fair fight. Sure, the GT S has 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque on tap, but that pales in comparison to the 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque Godzilla has at its disposal. With the tale of the tape laid out, it does seem like the AMG GT S would get smoked by the GT-R, right? Well, if everything was decided “on paper”, we’d be living in a very different world right now.

The truth is, the AMG GT S can hold its own against the GT-R, even if the choice of exercise to illustrate that isn’t as “scientific” as I hoped it would be. In this video, we see the two supercars engage in a good ol’ drag race to determine which one is quicker to the quarter-mile. There were some changes made to the rules, including having a rolling start of 50 mph instead of the usual stand-still start of any drag race.

I don’t want to give away the results of the race - actually there were two races, and the second appears to be the more relevant one - but after watching it, I invite everyone to think if there really is a big gulf in performance between these two exotics. Remember, the GT-R may have the horses over the AMG GT S, but the Mercedes is almost 300 pounds lighter than the Nissan. Something to think about as you prepare to watch this “race”.

Nissan Nismo GTR

2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo High Resolution Exterior
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Mercedes AMG GT S

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT High Resolution Exterior
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