Road Tests Real world tests of GT 86 vs Nissan 350Z

Top speed

GT 86
140 mph
Nissan 350Z
155 mph

0-100mph

GT 86
17.8 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Top Gear track time

GT 86
1:31.30
Nissan 350Z
1:31.80

1/4 mile

GT 86
15.3 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Nurburgring time

GT 86
8:44.90
Nissan 350Z
8:26.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Toyota GT 86

Reasons to consider the
Toyota GT 86

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Lighter curb weight 2,596 lb vs 3,370 lb Around 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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Faster to 100mph 13.8 s vs 17.8 s More than 20% faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 13.8 s vs 15.3 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 155 mph vs 140 mph 15 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM vs 150 ft-lb @ 6,600 RPM Around 85% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
Bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 2,000 cc 75% bigger engine
A lot faster to 200kph 22.8 s vs 31.2 s More than 25% faster to 200kph
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 8:26.0 vs 8:44.90 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

GT 86  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Brand Toyota Nissan
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2002-2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.18 lb/hp 11.91 lb/hp
Maximum hp 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 150 ft-lb @ 6,600 RPM 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc 3,500 cc
Cylinders Flat 4 V6
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1 10.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.4 in 3.78 in / 3.19 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,596 lb 3,370 lb
Width 69.9 in 71.5 in
Height 51.2 in 51.9 in
Length 166.9 in 169.4 in
Wheelbase 101.2 in 104.3 in

road tests

GT 86  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Top speed 140 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 15.3 s 13.8 s
0-100mph 17.8 s 13.8 s
0-200kph 31.2 s 22.8 s
Top gear time 1:31.30 1:31.80
20.6km nurburgring time 8:44.90 8:26.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:19.40 1:18.70

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Toyota GT 86
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