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[Video] A Nissan GT-R gets bested by a Turbo Trabant
You all know who the Nissan GT-R R35 is – a well-versed Japanese supercar, boasting 530 hp and 612 Nm to all four wheels. Well, it turns out that a Trabant can smoke it on the quarter mile run.
You’re going to ask – unless you’re a true car aficionado – who in the Lord’s name is this Trabant? Well, if you had been living in Europe – especially in the parts controlled by the former Soviet Union in the dark ages between the second World War and 1990 – you would definitely know.
If not, you need to find out it was a low cost ride made by the former East German carmaker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Zwickau, Saxony. Very common in the country and others belonging to the communist block – the Trabant had nothing in common with the word performance. Still, even with a cardboard body, less then stellar space and very inefficient 600cc two-stroke engine – the Trabby has gained a true cult following.
This is how you can imagine this Trabant 601 station wagon was upgraded to a 3.0-liter turbo engine, good enough to cross the quarter mile mark in 11.3 seconds, good enough to smoke the Asian supercar by a generous half a second.
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