The Nissan GT-R R35 could be getting a bit lengthy within the tooth, however it will probably nonetheless maintain its personal in a drag race. Granted, the BMW M550i xDrive is way from being a supercar because it’s a luxurious sedan at its core however with some severe efficiency credentials. In an uncommon showdown, the mighty Godzilla was pitted in opposition to the Bavarian saloon to find out which is faster in a straight line.
Each have all-wheel drive, twin-turbo gasoline engines, and computerized transmissions, however that’s the place the similarities just about finish. Japan’s supercar has a smaller 3.8-liter V6 and but it makes 565 horsepower over the 4.4-liter V8 contained in the BMW the place it pumps out 523 hp. Keep in mind it is a common GT-R and never the extra highly effective Nismo model with 600 hp on faucet. There’s additionally an R50 particular version with a colossal 710 hp.
The M550i xDrive has the sting by way of torque – 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) vs 467 lb-ft (633 Nm) – nevertheless it’s additionally considerably heavier, at 4,275 lbs (1,939 kg) vs 3,933 lbs (1,783 kg). Their gearboxes are additionally considerably completely different contemplating the BMW has an eight-speed torque converter whereas the Nissan makes use of a six-speed dual-clutch. For the facelift launched in 2017, the GT-R acquired smoother and quieter gear modifications whereas the engine received a bit extra energy and the redline elevated to 7,100 rpm.
The 2 had been neck and neck originally of the primary drag race however the GT-R step by step climbed forward and was the primary to cross the end line. Some can be stunned to see the hole between the 2 wasn’t that large. It was a unique story within the subsequent roll race from 32 mph (50 km/h) in second gear because the Nissan pulled forward at a faster tempo. From 49 mph (80 km/h) in second gear, the GT-R as soon as once more took the lead and by no means misplaced it.
It ought to be talked about the GT-R driver modified the gears manually utilizing the shift paddles whereas YouTuber Sam CarLegion driving the M550i let the automotive do all of the laborious work by itself. Why? To offset the distinction in how the gearboxes routinely reply below laborious acceleration because the Nissan’s takes extra time to downshift. Checks had been performed with the GT-R in auto mode and it was considerably slower than the BMW.
A few of you’ll recall the M550i xDrive had a problem in the course of the 2021 model yr with the software program because the automotive was slower to 60 mph than the producer claimed. The perpetrator was a miscommunication between the V8’s pc and the soundness management system. An over-the-air replace was pushed to unravel the issue. With this automotive being a 2022MY, it doesn’t have that concern.
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