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

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2008 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2009 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Nissan GT-R doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Corvette has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GT-R doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Corvette and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front and rear side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

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The Corvette comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Chevrolet 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.

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the GT-R. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the GT-R ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GT-R’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (505 vs. 480) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 430) than the GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Corvette has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT-R (18 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Corvette stops shorter than the GT-R:

Corvette

GT-R

80 to 0 MPH

189 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06 Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (F:275/35R18 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s 275/35R18 front and 325/30R19 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 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The Corvette is 8.8 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Z06 Coupe is quieter than the GT-R (76 vs. 78 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (22.4 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette’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 Corvette has standard 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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