Nissan has reignited its war with Porsche over Nurburgring lap times by saying its flagship GT-R could match Porsche's 911 GT2 RS around the German circuit.
The turbocharged Japanese supercar has shaved two seconds from its best time around the track and Nissan says there is more to come.
GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno suggested that test drivers were baulked during a 7 minutes 19.1 seconds attack of the track in May, and that the car could match the 911's 7:18 with a clean run.
The GT-R has received engine tweaks, increased body rigidity and changes to its shocks, springs and front anti-roll bar for 2013.
The new GT-R's time is sharp, but not enough to better the 7:14 lap set by Porsche's upcoming 918 Spyder supercar.
The brands publicly argued over the legitimacy of Nissan's Nurburgring lap times when Nissan claimed the original GT-R could lap the famous circuit in 7:29, almost 10 seconds faster than the best time for Porsche's 911 turbo.
The argument has fizzled somewhat as Dodge took the unofficial record for regular production cars at the 'ring when ace driver Domenik Farnbacher set a 7:12 second lap in the hardcore Viper SRT10 ACR.
Drive took delivery of Nissan's GT-R and the new Porsche 991-series 911 on Sunday for this year's Car of the Year shootout.
That pair will take on the BMW M135i, FPV GT R-Spec and Mercedes C63 in Drive's class for performance cars over $80,000.