Acceleration, top-speed figures, and flashy styling mean a lot in this class of vehicle, but the driving experience means something, too.
Two of the top rivals to the GT-R are the Corvette ZR1 and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The ZR1's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 will push it to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, 0.3 second faster than the Corvette Z06, according to GM; it'll hit 100 mph in 7.0 seconds, turn in quarter-mile times of 11.3 seconds at 131 mph, and charge to a claimed top speed of 205 mph, all for a price tag some $20,000 higher than the GT-R—and minus two seats.
The 911 Turbo has them beat at the top end, offering nearly 200 mph and an available top-down experience, punching out 480 hp for nearly $135,000.
As for which one would draw more gawkers, it's a toss-up.
|2011 Nissan GT-R||2011 Chevrolet Corvette||2011 Porsche 911|
|$84,060Browse Used Listings||$49,045Browse Used Listings||$77,800Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|2-Door Coupe Premium||2-Door Coupe w/1LT||2-Door Coupe Carrera|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||Coupe|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Manual|