Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan GT-R VS 2017 BMW i8 Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan GT-R

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2017 BMW i8

Safety Comparison

Both the GT-R and the i8 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.

The Nissan GT-R weighs 474 pounds more than the BMW i8. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the i8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the i8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The GT-R Premium’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 208 more horsepower (565 vs. 357) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 420) than the i8’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid. The GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 243 more horsepower (600 vs. 357) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 420) than the i8’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the GT-R Premium is faster than the BMW i8:

 

GT-R

i8

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123.4 MPH

112.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GT-R has 8.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the i8 (19.5 vs. 11.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the GT-R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the i8:

 

GT-R

i8

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the GT-R has larger tires than the i8 (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:215/45R20 & R:245/40R20).

The GT-R’s 255/40R20 front and 285/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the i8’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

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 i8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The GT-R Premium handles at .98 G’s, while the i8 pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the i8 (23.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 24.6 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the i8’s (36.6 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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 i8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The GT-R has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the i8.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the i8 (8.8 vs. 4.7 cubic feet).

With its coupe body style and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The i8’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

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 i8 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the i8’s power windows.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the GT-R has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The i8 doesn’t offer rear vents.

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