Nissan GT-R challenged by Tesla Model 3 in a drag race

Updated Dec 27, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Can an electric vehicle beat Godzilla?

The Nissan GT-R is regarded as one of the most adored nameplates due to its impressive performance. Since its debut in 2007, the GT-R has displayed serious performance capabilities that bolstered its nickname Godzilla. This title was given to the sports car as it is a monster from Japan that destroyed its competition.

Nissan GT-R Nismo vs Tesla Model 3 [Video: Wheels]

But in today’s time where the capabilities of electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining traction, the GT-R could face competition that brings something different to the table. EVs offer an instant torque delivery, giving this type of vehicle an insanely quick acceleration from a standstill.

To put that to the test, YouTube channel Wheels posted a video showing a drag race between the Nissan GT-R Nismo and Tesla Model 3 EV fastback. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo VR38DETT V6 engine of the GT-R will have to overcome the challenge of beating the American EV in a 1/4 mile (0.40 km) drag strip.

The Tesla Model 3 had a better start thanks to the driver’s good reaction time. However, the Nissan GT-R managed to fly past the EV in no time, finishing in 11.19 seconds at 198 km/h. Meanwhile, the Model 3 posted a 1/4 mile time of 12.11 seconds at 182 km/h.

Nissan GT-R vs. Tesla Model 3

Nissan GT-R vs Tesla Model 3

In Tesla’s defense, the Model 3 seen in the video is probably not the Performance trim, which can be a concern for others considering that the GT-R is on its Nismo form. The Tesla Model 3 Performance boasts a zero to 100 km/h time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. That is better performance-wise than the mid-spec Long Range’s 4.2-second zero to 100 km/h rating and 233 km/h top speed.

Regardless, both the GT-R and Model 3 were at the top of their games on the drag strip. The GT-R managed to take on the challenge of the new competitor despite its relatively old age.

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Know more about Nissan GT-R 2022

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R 2022 is a high-performance, two-door sports car. It is the sixth model to carry the GT-R moniker, though technically being a spin-off of the Skyline GT-R models that preceded it. Nissan GT-R price Philippines starts at ₱8,900,000 for the entry-level Nissan GT-R Premium 3.8 AWD AT , while the top-of-the-line Nissan GT-R NISMO 3.8 AWD AT is priced at ₱13,200,000

In the Philippine market, the GT-R can be had in two flavors. There’s the GT-R NISMO, and the GT-R Premium. For the prices of these two GT-R variants, one should contact the nearest Nissan dealerships. 

Under the hood, both GT-R variants in the local market use a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. On the Premium variant, the said engine can produce up to 562 horsepower and 633 Nm of torque. The NISMO trim is tuned to make more at 600 horsepower and 652 Nm of torque. Both trims then come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and both have all-wheel-drive. 

Size-wise, both trims are 1,895mm wide, and 1,370mm in height. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,780mm, and a ground clearance of 110mm. In terms of length, the GT-R NISMO is slightly shorter at 4,690mm. In turn, the Premium trim is longer at 4,710mm. 

Locally, the Nissan GT-R competes against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette C8, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Audi R8, and the BMW M5. 

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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