Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan GT-R VS 2017 Audi R8 Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan GT-R

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2017 Audi R8

Safety Comparison

Both the GT-R and the R8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the R8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the R8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The R8’s redline is at 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GT-R has a 7100 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The GT-R Premium’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (565 vs. 540) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 398) than the R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10. The GT-R Premium’s 3.8 turbo V6 produces 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10. The GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R Premium Auto gets better fuel mileage than the R8 V10 Auto (16 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the GT-R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the R8:





Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the R8 (255/40R20 vs. 235/35R19). The GT-R’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (255/40R20 vs. 245/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the R8.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The R8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the R8 (109.4 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.6% to 45.3%) than the R8’s (42.2% to 57.8%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the R8 (.34 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.

The GT-R uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The R8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the R8 can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The GT-R has a larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (8.8 vs. 8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The GT-R’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The R8 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the R8’s power windows.

The GT-R’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The R8 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan GT-R outsold the Audi R8 by 25% during the 2016 model year.

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