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Autocar pits Audi A1 Quattro against Nissan GT-R on wet, twisty track

By SYF77 on 06 Dec 2012


Autocar's Editor, Steve Sutcliffe, recently pitted the Nissan GT-R Track Pack against the Audi A1 Quattro in a portion of the MIRA test track which is located in the former RAF Lindley airfield.

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The A1 Quattro is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 253bhp. On the other hand, the GT-R is propelled by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 with over 500bhp.

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So, with nearly two times the capacity and power, the German supermini seemed destined to be devoured by the Japanese monster.

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However, Sutcliffe's verdict was that the GT-R was all over the place as it was too heavy and could not put its excessive power down on the road while the A1 Quattro was much more composed. The GT-R recorded a lap time of 1:19.32 while the A1 complete the same route in a more convincing 1:14.80.

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However, GT-R fans may argue that the car's electronic stability control and traction control could be turned off during the test, resulting in its lacklustre performance.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Marclimone Dec 06 2012 03:40 PM
So stupid....GTR had traction control off...settings at comfort.
Friendstar Dec 07 2012 07:40 AM
This is a silly Blog.

Its like telling me lambo aventador without brakes
Pocus Dec 07 2012 12:18 PM
Another asian car bashing article from autocar? They trying to pull a topgear?
Pureness Dec 07 2012 06:31 PM
even a pirus could outrun a f1 car in such a biased review
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