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1/4 Strip Tease: GT-R, Z06, And GT500

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On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

1/4 Strip Tease: GT-R, Z06, And GT500

A lot of people are excited about the new Lexus LFA supercar, and with good reason. Back in 2010 the Lexus LFA defeated the Nissan GT-R in an all-guns-blazing drag race. Despite that victory and loads of media attention since, critics suggest the LFA is overpriced compared to the almost equally athletic, yet $300,000 cheaper, GT-R. Those critics will have even more ammunition to fire against the LFA for 2012 when they see this video which demonstrates how less expensive supercars are equally glorious.

In the April, 2011 issue of Motor Trend three epic supercars were set against each other in a five-figure full speed brawl. What sets these cars apart from other supercars? Simple, they don’t require a major league baseball deal or draining a lifetime savings account to purchase.

The first of the tremendous three was a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500. Because of an added SVT Performance Package, this bargain supercar was tested with a price tag of $55,330 rather than the sub-$50,000 price people are used to hearing. The GT500’s output was a jaw-dropping 550hp and 510 lb-ft of torque originating from a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. But, everyone’s favorite feature of the GT500, which inevitably leads to high new tire bills, was also its downfall for this head-to-head comparison: rear-wheel drive paired with a curb weight 3801 lbs.

The second vehicle was a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Motor Trend took the base model and added the Ultimate Performance Package, carbon fiber, 3LZ equipment, and navigation which raised the price from $75,255 to a surprising $98,010. While the Vette had a significantly lower output than the Mustang, 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, the Z06 was much lighter and thus took off like a jackrabbit during hunting season. Oh, and who could resist the sound of a 7.0-liter engine?

Finally, and much to the shame of every car tested, the 2012 Nissan GT-R defeated all comers. True to form, the Nissan came from the factory with enough base price options to take the big V. The GT-R was tested at a base price of $90,950 with no additional add-ons and a 3.8-liter twin turbo V-6 producing 530 hp and 448 lb-ft of torque. Although the GT-R weighed slightly more than the Mustang and much more than the Corvette, the GT-R was able to out-sprint both cars with an all-wheel drive system capable of finding traction in the Bermuda Triangle.

Although the GT-R was the clear winner, all three supercars put up a reasonable showing and just about anyone could appreciate the great features found in each car. Whether you’re looking for super handling, a roaring engine, a great ¼ mile time, or just plain good looks, all three vehicles are a great alternative to something like the Lexus LFA which costs, but does not deliver, substantially more.


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