This weekend, the drag race we are presenting to you features an iconic German supercar against two JDM legends. For you math majors out there, that counts three total supercars in this race. A two-car drag race is great, especially when those two cars are very similar. A three-way drag race, on the other hand, is a different beast entirely.
We’ve shown you a few three-way drag races in the past. There was a race featuring an F1 car, a superbike, and a Porsche. Then, there was the American muscle three-way race with a Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger. This race is a bit different as it features two Japanese cars against one German car.
Let’s take a closer look at the competitors before we watch them run each other down.
Nissan GT-R NISMO
The R35 Nissan GT-R has taken on sports cars from all comers and has held its own against them all. The R35 GT-R has rightfully earned its place as one of the best supercars money can buy currently. Yet, there is a step above a “regular” GT-R that offers even more performance. The Nissan GT-R NISMO results from Nissan taking what they’ve learned from their GT-R GT3 race car and applying it to the road-going version.
The GT-R NISMO brings its twin-turbo 600 horsepower and its AWD drivetrain as formidable weapons in this battle. Are those features enough “Godzilla” to win this drag race?
We have our criticism about the Acura NSX (known as the Honda NSX in Japan and Europe). We aren’t exactly thrilled by its looks since its design does very little to harken back to the original NSX. Its electric motors and turbochargers make the NSX a much quieter car than it should be. It just doesn’t quite have the gravitas to stir the soul. Though, to their credit, Honda/Acura is attempting to remedy that with the NSX Type S.
However, what the NSX lacks in soul, it makes up in performance. The NSX’s twin-turbo V6 combined with electric motors give the NSX 581 horsepower and the kind of torque that only comes with the assistance of electricity. It might be one of the most boring supercars, but it could just end up winning this drag race.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
This is the third time we’ve featured a drag race video with a Porsche 911 Turbo S and the second time that carwow has used one in a recent race. In fact, we think the very Porsche 911 Turbo S in this race is the same car featured in the three-way race against the F1 car and BMW superbike.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is armed with a 650 horsepower, flat-six engine, and an all-wheel drive setup that should make the 911 exceptionally threatening off the line.
Drag Race: GT-R NISMO vs NSX vs Porsche 911 Turbo S
This race is a bit difficult to call. The Porsche 911 Turbo S has the most power and the least weight of the trio, so by the numbers, it is the favorite to win this drag race. The GT-R and NSX are pretty similar in power and weight. The NSX has about 20 fewer horses and 50 more pounds than the GT-R NISMO, but electric motors can work wonders when it comes to acceleration. As long as the crew from carwow doesn’t mess things up we should have a decent gauge to the real-world performance of each car.
Make your prediction and watch the video above to see if you were right. As usual, we will not spoil the winner, but we will say that the three cars race more than once, and the results are not always the same.
In the end, we’re the real winners because we get to watch such a unique race from the comfort of our smartphones and computers.