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Stock Nissan GT-R Versus Tuned BMW E63 M6 on the Drag Strip

BMW’s legendary S85 5-liter V10 engine that used to power E6x M models will forever have a special spot in our collective memory. It was probably one of the best units the Germans ever put out and even inspired the creation of the S65 4-liter V8, but it was still an atmospheric unit.
BMW E63 M6 1 photo
Don’t get me wrong, naturally aspirated engines are brilliant on the track and even in daily usage due to their incredible pedal feel. Furthermore, in the case of the S85, the pedal response was so sharp you were afraid not to cut your toes on it but, forced induction brings about a lot of advantages.

The most important one is the extra torque you get from the lowest RPMs possible. The video below is a perfect example as to why, in a straight up race, turbos will always win.

Here we have a stock Nissan GT-R using a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 making around 550 HP and 630 Nm (463 lb-ft) of torque going up against a BMW E63 M6 coupe that was tuned.

According to the video description, the car received a new ECU tune as well as an exhaust to go with it. That must’ve taken the power output up from 507 HP and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque to around 550 HP and close to 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque.

The figures are close but in the end we don’t really know what the BMW is pushing. We also don’t know if it’s using a manual or automatic gearbox and even if the second choice was the one on the M car it wouldn’t be as fast as the Nissan’s. Let’s take a look at how things went down on the track though.



 
 
 
 
 

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