Legends Showdown: E39 BMW M5 Takes On R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R


The efficiency automotive phase was fairly good in 1998 as each the E39 BMW M5 and the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 have been simply making their means onto the roads of the world. And though values for the Japanese automotive have risen greater than the German sedan, which must you choose for those who’re challenged to a drag race?

On paper, there’s an apparent selection. Whereas the Nissan‘s turbocharged straight-six produces a creditable 280 hp (209 kW/284 PS) and 289 lb-ft (392 Nm) of torque, the BMW’s naturally aspirated V8 is considerably extra highly effective, producing 400 hp (298 kW/406 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

The Skyline GT-R R34, nonetheless, does draw again some factors as a result of its engine powers all 4 wheels, whereas the M5‘s V8 sends all of its energy to the rear wheels. And regardless of the additional driveline gear, the Nissan additionally weighs 518 lbs (235 kg) lower than the BMW.

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That lowered weight and people further pushed wheels apparently have a major affect, making the standing quarter-mile drag race a lot nearer than anticipated. I gained’t spoil the outcomes of these races, however suffice it to say, one of the best two-out-of-three competitors goes all the way down to the final drag.

I’ll, nonetheless, spoil the outcomes of the rolling race, as a result of they present that how efficiency is deployed will be simply as necessary as how a lot of it there may be.

To wit, within the first two rolling races (the primary beginning in second gear at 30 mph [48 km/h] and the second beginning in third gear at 50 mph [80 km/h]) the BMW walks all around the Nissan. The motive force of the second automotive, although, is adamant that the primary automotive’s benefit is sort of completely in the way it takes off.

Blaming turbo lag, he asks to start out the third race in third gear at 60 mph (96 km/h) to assist be certain that the Skyline is within the enhance once they take off. And, certainly, when the turbo is spooled up, the efficiency between the 2 automobiles is sort of an identical with a neck-and-neck victory going to the BMW.


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