This video from the StreetScienceTX YouTube channel has the Corvette Forum office in a bit of an uproar. It features a C6 Z06 and a Nissan GT-R street-racing in Texas, and the results are a bit of a fun twist from what you would expect.
Being that this is Corvette Forum, the C6 Corvette Z06 needs no introduction, but, for the sake of hyperbole, we will give it one, anyway. When the C6Z came out, it was raw, focused, hard-edged, and fast. At one point, it was one of the fastest production cars around the Nurburgring, and its naturally-aspirated LS7 engine was no less capable. With 427 cubic-inches of displacement, a 7,000 RPM redline and a sound so thunderous it would make Thor weak in the knees, it’s no surprise that enthusiasts, by and large, still love and flock to the C6Z. After all, when you can make an easy 500 WHP from a sub-$40k package, who could say no?
Well, maybe this Nissan GT-R owner could say no. The R35 gets a bit of a bad rap for being too sterile, too much of a rolling computer, then a sports car. After all, we even called it “Mechagodzilla” in the subheading. However, again, it’s efficacy cannot be denied. The twin-turbo VR38DETT engine is an underrated powerhouse in stock form and only picks up from there once modifications are involved.
A 600+ horsepower GT-R is just an engine tune/ECU reflash away, like this 630 horsepower GT-R in the video above.
It’s a heads, cam and intake C6Z versus bolt-ons, and E85-tuned GT-R on the mean streets of Texas. A series of 60 rolls on the freeway has the two black sports cars hurtling down the interstate towards warp speed.
And, frankly, we are a bit surprised by the results. Normally GT-Rs can walk even more powerful opponents, thanks to unending traction and one of the fastest transmissions in the game. Normally. Instead, this hero in the Z06 bangshifts their way to victory, despite being down on power versus Godzilla. Looks like we can file this one as another win for the manual transmission.