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Video: Nissan GT-R vs Hawker Hunter jet fighter plane

April 17, 2013

The latest Nissan GT-R is so quick, it’s competition is no longer cars but jet airplanes, it seems. Nissan of Germany has put together a bit of a race between the GT-R and a Hawker Hunter subsonic jet fighter.

With an official 0-100km/h time of just 2.7 seconds, the GT-R is easily the quickest car on sale in Australia right now. The performance comes from a relatively modest-like 3.8-litre V6, however, it is boosted to 404kW by two turbochargers.

This kind of engine power is serious enough, but with Nissan’s renowned GT-R all-wheel drive drivetrain underneath, and launch control, it offers incredible acceleration.

As for the Hawker jet, it held the world air speed record in 1953 with a top speed of 1171km/h. Power comes from a Rolls-Royce Avon 107 turbojet engine producing 33,580 Newtons. Later in life it was upgraded with a Avon 203 with 44,480N.

So, at least on the ground, could the GT-R possibly beat such a weapon? Click play below to find out.
(Unless you understeer German, it’s best to fast-forward until around the 4:00 mark.)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.