Nissan Z vs VW Golf R drag race sees a landslide winner
Imagine you are looking for a sporty car and you have about $40,000 to spare. You have two choices: the Volkswagen Golf R based on the Mk8 Golf, or the latest Nissan Z. Which one would you go for?
Of course there are a few things to consider. But if you want to know who’s fastest in a straight line, this drag race is over Sam CarLegion on YouTube shows you a clear winner. Even better, the drag race video above features both standing and rolling starts, which should somehow offset one car’s traction advantage over the other here.
Under the premise of a standing-start drag race, the Volkswagen Golf R has distinct advantages over the Nissan Z. It has all-wheel drive and is almost 200 pounds (90 kilograms) lighter than the Nissan sports coupe.
However, the Nissan Z is significantly more powerful than the Golf R. With a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 under the hood producing 400 hp (298 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque, the rear- The 4WD Z is 85 hp (63 kW) more powerful and 40 lb-ft (54 Nm) more torque than the VW Hot Hatch.
To make matters worse for the VW, the Golf R here comes with the 6-speed manual stick shifter, meaning its performance in a straight line is affected by the dexterity of whoever is behind the tiller.
The result? Let’s put it this way, the VW Golf R didn’t stand a chance against the Z in either standing or rolling start drag races. Despite many wheel spins, the Z managed to beat the Golf R by a sizable margin.
On the other hand, the Golf R seats more than two people with plenty of room for cargo, so that’s another thing to consider if you’re shopping between the two.