Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW M3 VS 2013 Nissan GT-R Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 BMW M3

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2013 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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The BMW M3 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The GT-R doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The M3 offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The GT-R doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The M3 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the M3 and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The M3 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 M3 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW 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 M3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GT-R’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GT-R.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the M3 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the M3’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GT-R’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 12th.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The M3 stops shorter than the GT-R:

M3

GT-R

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

116 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The M3’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s 40 series front tires.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by AutoWeek, the interior of the M3 Coupe is quieter than the GT-R Premium:

M3

GT-R

Full-Throttle

82 dB

82 dB

60 MPH Cruising

65 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M3 Coupe has 9.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GT-R (88.5 vs. 79).

The M3 Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear headroom, 7.3 inches more rear legroom and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GT-R.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M3 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (11.1 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

The M3’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GT-R doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the M3, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The M3’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT-R doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the M3 and the GT-R have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the M3 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The GT-R prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left down on the M3 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the GT-R can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The M3’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 intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GT-R doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The M3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GT-R doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M3 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GT-R doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M3 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GT-R doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M3 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M3 Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GT-R doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The M3’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GT-R’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the M3 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GT-R’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M3 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.

Both the M3 and the GT-R offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the M3 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The GT-R doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the M3 offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GT-R doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional BMW Apps for the M3 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The GT-R doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the M3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the M3 will cost $1515 to $3070 less than the GT-R over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW M3 will be $7497 to $17891 less than for the Nissan GT-R.

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