They may share a name, but these cars are very different.
The GT-R name has been synonymous with Nissan for a long time, but the three letters truly gained . The car was so advanced, it gained the nickname "Godzilla," because it could destroy everything. Fast forward to today and the GT-R of Nissan's sportiest model. Even though the GT-R is extremely meaningful to Nissan, it doesn't seem like the company protected that name. That's because Mercedes came out with a hardcore version of its AMG GT sports car, calling it the GT R.
Like the Nissan, the Mercedes has a nickname, "The Beast From The Green Hell." The GT R set a 7:10 lap time around the Nurburgring, while the "older" Nissan was able to lap the track in 7:08.
Motor Trend wanted to find out . Johnny Lieberman and Randy Pobst () bring the cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to find out if those Nurburgring times are legit. The duo have a hunch that those Nurburgring times are so close, that it may have been down to one of the drivers just having a bad day. Around Laguna Seca, the Mercedes held the advantage because of its R compound tires and ceramic brakes. The Nissan GT-R has been on the market for a long time, but it is still very competitive. Yet the AMG GT R may have overtaken the Nissan as Motor Trend's favorite GTR.