There’s no shortage of sports cars on the market today, but they are far from all equal. The latest Throttle House YouTube video demonstrates that by gathering four such models and racing them. The four competitors are the Chevy Corvette Stingray, Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition, Acura NSX Type S, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
That’s a formidable lineup, but Throttle House breaks up the quartet into two distinct heats. The first sees the Corvette, GT-R, and NSX battle it out before that winner lines up against the Turbo S.
The most potent of the trio is the Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition. Its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 makes 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 481 pound-feet (652 Newton-meters) of torque. The NSX Type-S is a worthy competitor with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter hybrid V6. It produces 600 hp and 492 lb-ft (667 Nm) of torque.
Bookending those two are the Corvette Stingray and the 911 Turbo S. The Corvette is the weakest entrant, making 495 hp (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (667 Nm) of torque from its naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8. Sitting atop all of them is the Porsche with its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six that pumps out 641 hp (477 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm).
The GT-R trounces both the Corvette and the NSX in the first-heat races. That puts the GT-R up against the Turbo S, which is more potent than the GT-R. The Porsche also lost its rear seats to help reduce its weight, giving it a bigger advantage, which it uses. The Turbo S walks away from the GT-R in the standing-start and races rolling. The GT-R is a quick car, but the Turbo S is quicker.
The drag race revealed the quartet’s performance differences, but there is also a huge price discrepancy between them. The Corvette might have been the slowest, but it was also the cheapest, and we know hotter versions are coming, like the 670-hp (500-kW) Z06 that should put some fear into its pricey competitors.