Import Street Hits – Nissan GT-R vs. BMW M3

May 9th, 2024

Tonight, we have a pair of imports getting after it with all their hearts. Ride along as these two competitors buckle-up and lay it all on the line on the streets of Mexico. It’s 150 mph or else when these two bust the gas in the cool night air.

In red is the 2009 Nissan GT-R. Nicknamed Goliath, this front engine, all-wheel drive coupe is powered by a twin turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine. The block and heads are aluminum, and the transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 2009 version if the GT-R could produce 480hp and 430 lb.-ft. of torque in stock trim. Car and Driver Magazine tested the 2009 flagship model and said it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3-seconds and turn the quarter-mile in 11.5-seconds @ 124 mph. Curb weight was just over 3,900-pounds and top speed was 191 mph.

In the opposite lane is the 2018 BMW M3 with its twin turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The stock M3 was capable of making 425hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. This front engine, rear-wheel drive sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9-seconds and cruise through the quarter-mile in 11.6-seconds @ 120 mph. Top speed is 155 mph and the BMW weighs-in at 3,540-pounds.

Both cars have been modified to some slight degree, and both are tuned to burn E85 fuel.