Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2008 Audi R8 VS 2009 Nissan GT-R Near Phoenix, AZ

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2008 Audi R8

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2009 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

The R8 offers an optional backup radar to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The GT-R doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the R8 and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The R8 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The GT-R’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The R8 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Nissan doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the GT-R.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GT-R’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the R8 for 1 year and 5000 miles. Audi will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GT-R.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The R8 has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT-R (23.8 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the R8 has larger rear tires than the GT-R (295/30R19 vs. 285/35R20).

The R8’s 235/35R19 front and 295/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the R8 is 1.7 inches wider in the front than on the GT-R.

Chassis Comparison

The R8 is 8.9 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the R8 is quieter than the GT-R:



At idle

52 dB

54 dB


81 dB

82 dB

50 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

78 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The R8’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GT-R’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The R8’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GT-R’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The R8 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT-R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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