Motor Trend Compares Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo; Drives 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe

By Keith Buglewicz | April 18, 2012
In the world of online publishing, there is something called "click bait." It is broadly defined as something so compelling, so interesting, so intrinsically fascinating that readers must, MUST, click the link. Of course, what that click bait is depends on the site, and oftentimes isn't something we can talk about on a family-friendly site like this.  Just scroll down the right column of Huffington Post and you'll see what we're talking about. Of course, car enthusiasts have their own flavor of click bait. One of them is anything having to do with the Nissan GT-R supercar; another is anything about the Porsche 911 Turbo S. With both cars boasting well over 500 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and turbocharged six-cylinder engines, they're incredibly well matched, and a study in how Japan and Germany approach the same problem—in this case, making a car as fast as possible—and wind up with radically different results. About the only thing that could be more compelling for an enthusiast to check out would be a comparison test between the two. On video. In the mountains around Malibu, Calif., and with a side-by-side drag race thrown in. And that's exactly what this week's Motor Trend Head 2 Head comparison test does, as Jonny Lieberman has one of the better days of his career, we imagine. There's even a bonus sneak shot of a Rolls-Royce pulling duty as a camera car. Seriously.

To bring you back down to earth after watching what a combined 1,075 horsepower can do to a road and drag strip, we present an episode of Motor Trend Ignition, wherein your host Carlos Lagos puts the 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe through its paces around town, and on the mean streets of Los Angeles. The Coupe is a funny-looking but fun-to-drive version of the Mini Cooper hatchback that eschews the extra utility of its rear seats for an extra dose of driving fun. What did Carlos think? Check it out.

Source: Motor Trend


Great videos! Thanks for posting them!