Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Nissan GT-R video review

Porsche 911 vs Nissan GT-R video
20 Nov, 2013 8:19am

New Porsche 911 Turbo S takes on rival Nissan GT-R in this video track battle

Ever since it was introduced in 1974, the Porsche 911 Turbo has been the point at which the car morphs from sports car into full-on supercar. Sometimes not even that transformation is enough - for those who want even more power, there's the Turbo S.

Porsche 911 review

Nissan GT-R review

For the last decade or so the Porsche's rival has been the Nissan GT-R. It's a technology-filled car, and Nissan has engaged in a top trumps-style battle with Porsche, getting faster Nurburgring times and even faster 0-60mph performance.

So which one's better away from the restrictions of the road, and which one's going to be faster against the stopwatch? Let's find out in an Auto Express track battle in the video review above.

The most powerful 911 in the range, the Turbo S, provides an extra 39bhp, taking the output of the 3.8-litre straight-six up to 552bhp and delivering a whopping 700Nm of torque.

At just under £80,000, the Nissan GT-R is a pound-per-performance bargain compared to the Porsche. Nissan's Technology Pack showcases a 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine which pumps out 542bhp and 632Nm of torque.

So which can set the best lap time around our test track? Watch the video above to find out!

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Great review and yes you did mention the cost, but really £140K+ vs £80K?!?!? It would have been more realistic to put the track pack GTR or Nismo GTR up against the Turbo S and then the outcome would have been a bit different! Even the stock car with £20K of work at SVM or Abbey would have flipped the result IMHO.

the king is back!!!!
well done porsche!!!

TOTALLY Agree, I do get a bit fed up with these total inaccuracies, the Porsche is TWICE the price and if the GTR Nismo was out their the positions would be reversed no doubt , £140K !!!!!!! for that, no thanks.

Till the NISMO gets out there, then game over. £40K cheaper as well, it's a no brainer, Porsche WAY over priced.

So you're comparing a 2013 GT-R to a 2014 Turbo S? This test is invalid already...

Not to mention you've used a standard GT-R but not a standard 911.

Still, the 2014 GT-R Nismo will blow it out of the water. :)

The ultimate porsche against a stock out of the showroom Nissan GT-R what a CRAP review , why not hobble the Nissan and disengage 3 cylinders you dumbkoffs.

I think it is valid to test these two cars, even if one is pricier than the other. What is being tested is performance, not class. That is most of the price difference.

But I noticed one thing, the Nissan had almost no fuel, which make it faster while the Porsche was almost full, which makes it slower. That is not very professional autoexpress....

After 10 years of ownership the Porsche will be worth 4 times as much as the Nissan, so I know which one I would buy.

A tenth for every ten grand...?, still worth it and more.

Non Japanese Car Magazines have been dying to show that the European Cars are better than the GTR, and even when the GTR beats them on every test they still say the European stuff is better (remember the GTR Vs Audi R8?). Here is a biased and unfair test; an ordinary GTR (if there is such a thing) and a Turbo S with all the options. A more unbiased test would have been the GTR Nismo with the any Production 911, whether it be GT3 or 911RS2.

What a fuss! Buying either of these cars would be a long term affair. So, life time costs and depreciation are important if not critical elements. As I understand it, the GTR needs a lot of servicing on calendar due dates. Miss one, only at Nissan, and no warranty!! That would be a pain. Porsche dont have this millstone and that makes the 911 more user friendly. Do agree that the comparison is unbalanced. Better to take a GT3RS, add the ceramic brakes, and have some change compared to a Nismo. Fairer also from the ride pov. Little to separate them aside from how much and how often you want to visit the dealer for servicing. I would also assume that the major components cost roughly the same over the lifetime running costs. 10 years on which will be worth more?

A lot of complaining from persons who will never buy either. Both great cars, Porsche is more desirable in my view, but I am not a fan boy racer. Porsche s have extraordinary resale value and their build quality is remarkable. Both are very expensive and I suspect the Porsche buyer barely consider the GTR, but probably should..

You point is welcomed, and that why each manufacturer will survive because everyone has a different taste. However I must ask you this question, do you buy a car now for what the car is about and how well it drives or do you buy it for how well it will hold it's value 10-15 year time?

It would not be right to compare the normally aspirated GT3RS with a Twin Turbo Car. Lets examine what they do at a Nissan Scheduled Service. They change the oil, check the brakes and check the ECU for errors. There are no problems with the car, so why not simply comply? It's not like the German cars that lots of stuff needs to be done to them, especially the newer models with all those electronics. I own a 1997 R33 GTR and I have never changed anything on the car and it has never broken down. I've owned 4 Mercedes and I will never own another because they just wake up and give all manners of unprovoked problems, mainly electronic related. My friend is a BMW service specialist and you would not believe the nonsense these cars come in for fixing; burnt up plug coils, burnt up hand brake modules etc. In the case of the Mercs, those little Hella Fuse Boxes are not just boxes, they are computers, and they just go without any provocation. The dealer fees are criminal. Mercedes USA had to pay for a friends new Benz under the lemon law rule because the brand new car was plagued with problems. You don't hear these horror stories about the GTR or most Japanese cars, especially Toyotas. I don't know enough about Porsches service history to know if they have the same issues as their German counterparts, but the word German Car is a serious caution for me.

I don't think what makes the GTR a better car is the fact that it is cheaper, it's really that it performs better. The lesser price is just an added bonus.

When you buy a car you're not just buying it for how it drives, your also buying into the heritage and the intrinsic value of the brand- so how a car retains its value is part and parcel of that. At the end of the day the GTR (which is a fantastic/ amazing car) is still a Nissan.