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Two Overpriced JDM Legends Go Head To Head In A Drag Race

This R34 GT-R versus Supra Drag Race Settles an old Argument - which is the ultimate Japanese performance Car?

The Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R and Toyota A80 Supra are considered the pinnacle of 1990s JDM cars. Both have a zealous cult-following and the argument, which one is the better performance car has been going on for quite a while. Today, with the help of YouTube channel Officially Gassed, we are putting an end to this argument once and for all.

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A rolling race makes things interesting
From a 40 mph roll, the Supra almost snatches a win from the R34

This isn’t just a battle between the cars. It’s also a battle between two of the most tuner-friendly straight-six engines ever made – the 2JZ GTE and the RB26 DETT. Customary for the channel is to first do a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration test. The Supra has a 100 horsepower advantage over the GT-R, which develops “only” 800. However, it also has fewer driven wheels, since the GT-R can send power to all four, while the Supra is rear-wheel-drive-only.

This isn’t just a battle between the cars. It’s also a battle between two of the most tuner-friendly straight-six engines ever made – the 2JZ GTE and the RB26 DETT. The Supra has a fully-built 2JZ engine that features a Precision 68-70 Gen. Two turbo, new ECU, ported head, 1,300 cc injectors, twin fuel pumps, and billet camshafts.

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GT-R has less weight, superior traction, and better response
Godzilla puts down a 3.3-second 0-60 mph time, while managing 11.28 seconds and 127.5 mph at the 1/4-mile

The result is 900 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels, via the stock six-speed manual gearbox. The contact patch comes courtesy of Toyo 888R semi-slicks. The Supra is actually the heavier of the two, weighing in at 3,637 pounds (1,650 kg). It is also finished in Bayside blue, which is actually a GT-R color.

The GT-R, on the other hand, has a fully-built RB26, with an HKS 2.8-liter Stroker kit, with a Greddy G78, variable valve timing camshafts, and an HKS ECU. The GT-R also sends power to the ground through a six-speed manual and Toyo 888R semi-slick tires.

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The Supra lays down the benchmark
It only manages 4.36 secodns to 60 mph. The 1/4-mile time is also mediocre - 12.18 seconds, at 128.36 mph

It also has a full NISMO body kit, which is always awesome. The end result is a very respectable 800 horsepower figure. Despite the all-wheel drive, the Skyline GT-R is actually lighter, at 3,439 pounds (1,560 kg).

Customary for the channel, both cars first set a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time. The Supra managed a not so impressive 4.36-second time, which is only about 0.5 seconds quicker than the stock car’s time. The Skyline GT-R’s all-wheel-drive and better response (to our surprise) results in a 3.30- second sprint to 60 mph. Although both cars can’t measure to all the modern stuff, in terms of acceleration, the GT-R actually manages to be the second-fastest accelerating car, on the OG leaderboard…behind a Subaru Station Wagon.

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Battle of the engines
The 2JZ is highly modified and puts out 900 hp

The quarter-mile times are as follows: the Toyota Supra manages a 12.18-second time, while the Nissan Skyline GT-R manages 11.28 seconds. However, the Supra has a slightly higher trap speed – 128.36 mph (206.57 km/h) versus 127.50 mph (205.19 km/h). The drag race finishes with the GTT-R gapping the Supra by at least four cars. However, the 40 mph (64.37 km/h) rolling race is much closer, as the Supra’s extra power comes into play. However, the GT-R still manage to win, even if by a bumper.

At the end of the day, both cars proved why they’ve achieved a legendary status and although prices for both cars are currently absurd, we still find ourselves lusting after them. However, there can only be one winner and all rounds go to the GT-R. On the other hand, the video serves as a reality check, these two JDM legends cost a lot more than their modern-day equivalents and yet, performance-wise, they fail to match up even the less-powerful modern-day performance offerings. Is all that noise for nothing?

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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