Everybody knows that drag racing a Nissan GT-R from a standstill is not the best idea. The car built its reputation on taking down supercars in such races and it is widely known for its incredible Launch Control feature. Now Top Gear wants to test that theory. The UK folks paired a BMW M4 and Lexus RC F against the Drag Queen Nissan GT-R.
While the Bavarians decided to look into the future and downsize for the greater good, the Lexus is still relying on an atmospheric engine. Under the hood of the M4 you’ll find a 3-liter inline 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine making 431 PS and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, all of which sent to the rear wheels via either a manual 6-speed gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch as is the case here.
On the other hand, the RC F uses a 5-liter V8 engine that delivers 467 PS and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque to the same rear axle but via an exclusive 8-speed automatic gearbox. Unfortunately, despite having more power at its disposal, the Lexus is also heavier than the M4 and, therefore, slower on paper to 62 mph (100 km/h) – 4.4 seconds versus 4.3 seconds (for the DCT M4).
As for the GT-R, there’s just no comparison here, the Nissan has both more power and more traction – being all-wheel drive – than the other two cars involved in this race. With its 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and 550 PS, Godzilla is capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds from a standstill. This is really a two-horse race. Will the BMW win it?