Nissan GT-R Turns It Up to 11 in Motor Trend Magazine's "World's Biggest Drag Race"

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- Nissan Supercar Bests All Contenders in 5,000-Horsepower, 82-Cylinder, $1.5-Million Motor Trend "Best Driver's Car" Drag Race Showdown -
Eleven of the world’s most desirable cars lined up side-by-side. Legendary marques and iconic nameplates – Porsche 911, Corvette Z06, Ford Mustang Boss 302, Ferrari 458 Italia and Audi R8 GT, to name just a few – assembled by the editors of Motor Trend for an informal, bragging rights-only drag race as a sidebar to its 2011 Best Driver’s Car award, announced on motortrend.com today, and cover story for the November issue of Motor Trend magazine. Eleven cars, one shot, one winner: the legendary Nissan GT-R.

In what the magazine bills as the world’s biggest drag race, the competitors featured a combined 82 cylinders and nearly 5,000 horsepower – wrapped in $1.5 million of beautifully sculpted aluminum, fiberglass and carbon fiber skins. And the revised 2012 Nissan GT-R, now featuring 530 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque, beat them all.

“We applaud Motor Trend’s editors for pulling off the automotive equivalent of the running of the bulls,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “Win or lose, it’s great fun and a great video – especially since we won.”

The $89,950 Nissan GT-R was followed across the quarter-mile finish line by the $225,325 Ferrari 458 Italia and the $198,600 Audi R8 GT. “In all fairness, if we were running for pink slips, we would have had to bring at least two GT-Rs to match the cost of the competitors,” added Carolin. “We’ll settle for the title of baddest of the bad.”

To check out the full four-minute video, go to http://www.facebook.com/Nissan.

Motor Trend's “World's Biggest Drag Race” Results
Competitor/Finish Horsepower Torque Elapsed Time/Speed
1. Nissan GT-R 530 448 11.2 sec @ 121.8 mph
2. Ferrari 458 Italia 557 398 11.3 sec @ 125.6 mph
3. Audi R8 GT 560 398 11.5 sec @125.1 mph
4. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 563 479 11.7 sec @ 124.1 mph
5. Lexus LFA 552 354 11.9 sec @ 123.7 mph
5. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 505 470 11.9 sec @ 122.5 mph
5. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 450 317 11.9 sec @120.7 mph
8. Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 444 380 12.4 sec @ 115.0 mph
9. Porsche Cayman R 330 273 12.7 sec @ 111.0 mph
10. BMW 1-Series M 335 369 12.8 sec @ 110.2 mph
11. Lotus Evora S 345 295 12.9 sec @ 109.9 mph

About the Event
Contenders were selected by the editors of Motor Trend as part of their “Best Driver’s Car” (BDC) competition – and one of the biggest, most expensive single stories the magazine has ever executed. The supercars were considered among the best sports cars in the world. Unless all-new or significantly revised, previous entrants were not allowed to participate. Vehicles were run at factory recommended settings, with standard or factory optional equipment. The drag race portion was filmed on a closed course at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California.

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