By Staff Contributor and edited by Christina Selter.
There’s a realm of supercar that exists on this planet to provide a driver with mind-bending acts of physical feat. The world outside of the windows rushes by in a blur, and time seems to slow as a throttle pedal is pressed to the floor in order to unleash the hand-built fury buried under the sensual skin of one of these exotic machines. Italy is known for excelling in this arena, and the Lamborghini Aventador is the latest big bull to come from the house that Ferrucio built. Still, there’s a super contender wearing an unassuming Nissan badge on the back that might just be ready to wield the matador’s cape.
First off, let’s start this by diving into the stats of the Lamborghini Aventador because every single one of them is mind blowing. A 6.5-liter V12 engine pumps forth with 700 horsepower and spits that energy out to all four wheels by way of a robotic transmission. This exotic missile can rocket down a long enough stretch of road on to a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Its price is mind blowing too, since the Aventador starts at a tick over $400,000. Most cost closer to $450,000.
Seems like no vehicle from Nissan could even come close to that right? Wrong.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R is back with the same wind-tunnel strewn shape but the engine has a few extra bits of horsepower. It’s a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 unit that churns out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. All of that juice is routed to each tire thanks to the lightning-quick dual-clutch six-speed gearbox, which can be shifted via column-mounted paddles. This setup is good enough to push the GT-R down the road from 0-60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. That’s the same figure for the Aventador… and the GT-R does it for just (that’s a relative just) $100,000.
What we’re dealing with here are two very different philosophies of speed and performance. Lamborghini has built a show-stopping head turner that thrills crowds even when it’s standing still. From the scissor doors, outrageous color schemes available, and intoxicating engine noise, the Aventador is a true wild child for the world’s wealthiest few. The Nissan GT-R, on the other hand, is a far more approachable supercar that can almost blend into the average grocery store parking lot. Of course, once the engine roars to life it’s a completely different story.
With the Lamborghini Aventador, buyers are getting lots of flash for lots of cash. You have to want to be seen, but you also know that you can easily get away as well thanks to that large V12 unit out back. The GT-R, on the other hand, is a technological wonder that is one of the fastest cars on the planet offered at a relative bargain.
For our money? We’ll take two Nissan GT-Rs (one for the track and one for the street) and put the other $250,000 in the bank.