Audi R8 vs Nissan GT-R Track Edition at Streets of Willow Springs

Audi R8 vs 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Motor Trend makes us all jealous again. This time they take a new Audi R8, and a 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition(in red, the fastest color), and run them head to head.

It doesn't get much faster than these two. The Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R tear relentlessly at the pavement with four driven wheels and an uninterrupted supply of thrust courtesy of twin-clutch transmissions. Want a quicker all-wheel-drive car? Your options are the Lamborghini Aventador ($400,000) and Bugatti Veyron (add a million)*.

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They put World Challenge driver Randy Pobst in both the cars to get his impressions and lap times.

 After a few drama-free laps, Randy jumps out, saying, "I wish my race car handled like that." He continues, "No oversteer. Yet it still comes into the corner very well. It doesn't just razor in the way the Audi will. You can tell you have more polar moment, but it's balanced and the tail stays where it belongs."

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Easy to drive is fast. A car that doesn't bite you is fast.

That behavior works. While the R8's 1:21.95 lap is respectable (besting the Ferrari 458 by 0.4 second), the GT-R's 1:19.55 is the fastest we've recorded from a production car. It's also 0.17 faster than what AMA pro Steve Rapp could do with a Ducati 1198 S (an inch or a mile, right?).

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Head over to Motor Trend for the full gallery and impressions. forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

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Item Reviewed: Audi R8 vs Nissan GT-R Track Edition at Streets of Willow Springs Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sean Morris