Inherently, the Nissan GT-R and Corvette Z06 are two compeltely different answers to the equation of a budget supercar formula. On one end, we have the GT-R, which carries nearly as much technology as a UFO, a sub-3-second 0-60 acceleration time, a super sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with a lightning-fast paddle-shift gearbox, a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and a sub-$100,000 price tag.
Then we have the Z06. Compared to the GT-R, it’s practically archaic. Utilizing the brute force of a naturally aspirated 505-horsepower 7.0-liter V8 with forged internals, an old-fashioned six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. But the 2012 Z06’s saving graces are it’s cheater-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, and Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). These two features alone are enough to outgun the new-school Nissan around a track, as Inside Line finds out for themselves. And judging by the comments on YouTube, the Japanese fanboys are not happy. Better luck next time, guys.