Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche 911 VS 2013 Nissan GT-R Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Porsche 911

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2013 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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The Porsche 911 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 911 offers optional ParkAssist to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The GT-R doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the 911 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The 911 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 911 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Porsche 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 911’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the GT-R’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the 911 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the 911’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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The GT-R doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 gets better fuel mileage than the GT-R:

911

GT-R

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Cabriolet/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Cabriolet/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GT-R doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GT-R doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The 911 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GT-R doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 911 stops much shorter than the GT-R:

911

GT-R

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

197 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The 911’s optional 245/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The GT-R doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1.03 G’s, while the GT-R pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the GT-R (74.1 vs. 73.4 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The 911 is 6.3 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the 911 S Coupe is quieter than the GT-R Premium (77 vs. 82 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911’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 911, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 911’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT-R doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left down on the 911 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 911’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 911 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The GT-R doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 911 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GT-R doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 911 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The GT-R doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The 911’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 911 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 911 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.

The 911’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GT-R doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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