Dodge’s 707 horsepower muscle car has gone toe to toe with some pretty exotic hardware in the past, but before the Hellcat twins made landfall late last year, the Nissan GT-R was the car in the performance world known best for hitting well above its weight class.
One way the GT-R has garnered so many accolades from enthusiasts is its sophisticated all wheel drive and launch control systems, which are able to get the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds.
The Nismo spec GT-R is the latest top shelf performance package for the Japanese supercar, bringing the output of its twin turbocharged V6 up to 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, while substantially bolstered suspension components, an aggressive aero kit, and Dunlop tires developed specifically for the GT-R Nismo help the Nissan lap the Nürburgring in an astounding 7:08.679, besting numerous supercars costing multitudes more.
Yet the GT-R Nismo itself costs nearly 50 percent more than a standard GT-R, and at around $150,000, it’s more than twice the price of the Challenger Hellcat.
According to the video, the weather conditions are not ideal – at 91 degrees ambient temperature, it’s a particular disadvantage for the Challenger, since supercharged engines will lose substantial amounts of power when heat soak sets in.
The GT-R might not be tuned specifically for the 1320, but all signs point to excellent performance at the drag strip.
Is it enough to leave the Challenger, which is riding on Nitto drag radials but is otherwise stock, chasing the Nissan’s tail lights? Time to find out.