Like I promised, this is the first part of my big GT6 review of the new Nissan GT-R NISMO and ten rival supercars. This my most ambitious (and expensive) project on GT6 yet, as I not only had to buy some of the worlds most exclusive sports cars, but also had to get clean and fast times on the 4 stages of the Circuit de la Sierra track, as well as record all the stage times and my driving impressions. I don't think I have ever spent that much money on cars in GT6. The best thing? Not only is this a race, it is also a review of a brand new track and not one, but ELEVEN cars I have never driven in GT6 before. What could possibly go wrong?
Here is how it works:
The 'Circuit de la Sierra' Time Rallye added to GT6 in the most recent update has a training mode where the player can take any car in his garage on either 4 individual segments of the track or the full version. This is convenient for me since getting a full, clean and fast lap of the track can take quite a while when a full lap takes upwards of eight minutes. It also allows me to see how the cars compare in each individual segment. Each individual stage time will be added together at the end. Rallye style. The rallye will be split in three parts, I will later explain why. All cars will be driven under equal conditions, NO driving aids except for ABS, time of day set to 10:00am, grip reduction set to realistic and Sports Soft tires, since these are the default tires of the Nismo GT-R.
But for now, lets meet the cars that will battle for Glory.
1. 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo
The newest car in this comparison and the car that gave me the idea for this, the GT-R Nismo incorporates the larger Turbochargers of the GT3 car, a new aero package and recalibrated suspension. Thanks to this effort the car clocked the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:08.679 minutes making it the current record holder for production Nissan GT-R Nismos. At 600hp and 1720kg the car has one of the worse power to weight ratios of the cars tested, but the cornering performance will likely counter that disadvantage. The Game rates it at 574PP, which is also on the lower end of the scale. This car will set a benchmark time that the other cars have to beat.
2. 2005 Ford GT
With 550hp, this is the least powerful car here, but the mid-engined layout and the comparatively low weight of 1451kg might compensate for that. It is rated by the game at 571PP.
3. 2010 Mercdes-Benz SLS AMG
This is the underdog here, with just 562hp and a curb weight of 1620kg. However it may just be the surprise of the day. It is rated by the game at 560PP
4. 2010 McLaren MP4-12C
The athlete. At just 1350kg, it is the 2nd lightest car here, and the 610hp twin-turbo V8 together with 50 years of motorsport expertise make it a force to be reckoned with. It is rated at 581PP.
5. 2008 Dodge Viper ACR
Now it starts to get interesting. The Viper ACR did a lap on the Nordschleife in 7:12.13 minutes, and has similar chassis and Aerodynamic enhancements as the GT-R, but is lighter. 600hp, 1552kg, 580PP
6. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The heavyweight. Technically one of the oldest cars here, as production in 2003. It is also the heaviest car here. Maybe the supercharged 5.5 liter V8 helps? 626hp, 1768kg, 576PP.
7. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The torque monster. 638hp, 604lb-ft, 1508kg, 573PP. Nuff said.
8. 2002 Enzo Ferrari
Il mostro. The oldest car here, but the old girl can still kick some ass. 660hp, 1255kg, 584PP
9. + 10. 2009 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 Super Veloce & 2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
The raging bulls. The two most potent in the long, glorious line of V12s from Sant'Agata Bolognese. 670hp, 1565kg,576PP (LP 670-4 SV). 700hp, 1575kg, 583PP (LP 700-4).
11. Aston Martin ONE-77
The most powerful car here. Glorious 7.3L
V12 Vacuum cleaner, RWD. Should be fun. 760hp, 1630kg, 580PP
Part II will follow SOON.