8 Nissan GT-R "kills" Honda NSX in Japanese track duel

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Web Cartop, a Japanese automotive publication with strong similarities with now discontinued Best Motoring (BM), recently published a 16 minute film comparing the new Honda NSX against the reigning Japanese champion - Nissan GT-R.

Comparison took place in Tsukuba circuit - same track where Best Motoring hosted most of its famous track battles, and it featured free solo laps (time attack) as well as very BM-like 3 lap battle with both cars sharing the track in a real race.

Results were decisive and disappointing for the "new school" Honda NSX. It was obvious that the NSX driver Keiichi Tsuchiya was not comfortable with the car's behaviour, especially under braking and acceleration out of first corner.

Let's not forget that now legendary first generation Honda NSX also didn't become the "king of JDM supercars" immediately after its launch in 1990. It wasn't until the "Type R" model in 1992 before the mid-engine NSX platform could fulfill it's potential. It might be the same with the MK II and it's hybrid powertrain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01XQzYz1c6I

6m ago by FastestLaps
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sroser  6m ago

with strong similarities with now discontinued Best Motoring (BM)

Yeah, very, very, very strong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZJPhj55dJk


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sroser  6m ago

The Nismo comes with one tyre, DSST TGT^)))TRGETERTT or something like that, Competition also, the Nsx has like 4 different options, MPSC2, Trofeos and i think PZeros and possibly another, But given what the Nismo is and represents, I say the Nsx did a damn fine job.

My Japanese is crap, but at 2:15-2:21 that sounds a lot like optional tyre Trofeo R. Which means it was on a faster tyre and still got royally shat on.


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sroser  6m ago

R34 Nismo Z-Tune was even faster.

http://fastestlaps.com/tests/46rulni1zeni


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sroser  6m ago

This is zero surprise, the R32 GTR was faster than the original NSX on Tsukuba too.


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BR2+  6m ago

Well both cars would oversteerat some point, Specially if one is pushing the cars, Im sure adjustments can be made from both cars to get just the right amount of adjust ability to overcome said faults.

The Nismo comes with one tyre, DSST TGT^)))TRGETERTT or something like that, Competition also, the Nsx has like 4 different options, MPSC2, Trofeos and i think PZeros and possibly another, But given what the Nismo is and represents, I say the Nsx did a damn fine job.


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FastestLaps  6m ago

It felt like the car was unstable and oversteered/broke traction in some places where it shouldn't. I think it can be fixed with software and / or different electronics.

And there very likely was a "tyre gap". I think Nismo comes standard with more sticky semi-slick type tyres.


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BR2+  6m ago

This shouldnt surprise anyone, The Nismo is a great, Fantastic car, Although its not 100% fair since the Nismo is the track version of the GTR, its like putting a Camaro SS vs a M4 GTS. I know there similiar in many ways but still.

My only problem with the new and improved Nsmo, Is that huge price difference from the My15 model, Along with no power boost when the non Nismo got one.


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saxy  6m ago

Well that was the Nismo which costs £150,000. The normal GTR would probably be slower. And the NSX will have a R version in 15 years time lol

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