Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan GT-R vs Ariel Atom


Nissan GT-R
2.7 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Nissan GT-R
195 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph


Nissan GT-R
6.8 s
Atom V8 500
5.4 s

Top Gear track time

Nissan GT-R
Atom V8 500

1/4 mile

Nissan GT-R
10.8 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 170 mph 25 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM Around 75% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 11.2 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM Around 15% stronger engine
Bigger engine 3,800 cc vs 3,000 cc More than 25% bigger engine
Side view of Ariel Atom

Reasons to consider the
Ariel Atom V8 500

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Much lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 3,819 lb 3.2x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:15.10 vs 1:19.70 More than 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster to 100mph 5.4 s vs 6.8 s More than 20% faster to 100mph
More expensive sticker price $225k vs $90k 2.5x more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nissan GT-R  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Nissan Ariel
Price 89,950 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,800 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Air compressor Turbocharger Supercharger
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC

road tests

Nissan GT-R  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 195 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 10.8 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 6.8 s 5.4 s
Top gear time 1:19.70 1:15.10


Drivetrain ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,819 lb 1,210 lb
Nissan GT-R
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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