2019 Nissan Nismo GT-R vs Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

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2019 Nissan Nismo GT-R vs Porsche 911 GT3 Touring
As a quick recap the 911 GT3 Touring Package is Porsche’s take on a more civil version of the nearly track-spec GT3. Same 368kW and 460Nm 4.0-litre flat six tucked behind the rear axle, but gone are the attention seeking fixed rear wing and lightweight Alcantara trim elements, replaced with a discreet pop-up spoiler and leather trim.

If Touring Package sounds a little close to the limited run 911 R in concept and performance, that’s because it is. Essentially, it’s a full-time variant of the same, but with minor specification differences so as not to upset collectors who invested in an R.
he Nismo version of Nissan’s GT-R counters with a twin-turbo V6 rated at 441kW and 652Nm and not a trace of subtlety thanks to carbon accents on the front a rear bumpers, side skirts and rear wing to go with an already in-your-face styling direction.

Line ’em up side by side and the 911 GT3 Touring Package (as equipped with Porsche’s optional Sports Chrono package) will lay down a 0-100km/h run in a pert 3.8-seconds. Slip into the Nismo and repeat the feat, however, and you’ll stop the clock in a supercar rending 2.7-seconds.

The thing is, achieving a sub four-second time in the Porsche is still far more rewarding, even if you do get left for dead by the Nissan at the drag strip. Balancing the clutch, finding the sweet spot in the rev range, and getting the right mix of grip and aggression without overcooking it is a rewarding experience.

There is a basic version of launch control, which caps launch revs and maximises traction, but it’s a very different feeling compared to the Nissan.

By comparison, once you’ve set up the GT-R Nismo (set everything to R mode) and activated launch control (mash both pedals to the floor then jump off the brake and hold on tight) the electronics sort out torque distribution, stability control will trim the throttle if it needs to, and pretty all the heavy thinking is done for you.

It’s no less fun, but it’s a different kind of fun.
So what would your lottery windfall need to be to put one of these in your garage? The GT-R could be a budget buy at $299,000 before on roads costs.

The GT3 starts at $326,400 – the Touring Package is a no-cost upgrade, but a quick walk through the options sheet adds over $39,000 worth of items like Bose audio, dynamic LED headlights, red seat belts, a rear-view camera, red interior contrast stitching and more. Some you could live without, but Porsche’s individualisation game is strong.

You certainly couldn’t ask for two more different aesthetics. The 911 is, and 911s have always been, instantly identifiable as a member of its clan, round headlights up front and single curve flowing gracefully from windscreen to rear bumper over buxom flowing rear haunches.

The GT-R does have history, taking some inspiration from early versions of the Nissan Skyline. Standout features like circular stove-burner tail-lights trace their history back to the 1970s, but there aren’t as many strong ties to the ghost of Skylines past.

Inside (and take note here, because it may be one of the very few times you’ll read this) Porsche’s decor is almost a work in minimalism compared to the GT-R. Usually a 911’s interior looks button-strewn and jet-pilot complex, but next to the variety of toggles, textures and screens inside the Nissan, the GT3 is actually a bit lovely.

Atmo performance engines don’t appear to be the way forward for much longer, either. Lamborghini has stuck with them, Ferrari hasn’t and Porsche has slowly turbocharged most of its range. This generation GT3 could potentially be the last of its kind, then.

Nissan’s chosen path is considerably more mainstream, with the GT-R’s twin turbo 3.8-litre V6 occupying space at the front of the car, channeling torque to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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