Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Nissan GT-R VS 2014 Ford Shelby Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Nissan GT-R

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2014 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

The GT-R has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The GT-R has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the GT-R and the Shelby GT500 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.

Engine Comparison

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Nissan GT-R Premium was clocked 2.4 seconds faster than the Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe (96.3 sec. vs. 98.7 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GT-R has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT500 (19.5 vs. 16 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 Shelby GT500:


Shelby GT500

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GT-R has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The GT-R stops shorter than the Shelby GT500:


Shelby GT500

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

101 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the Shelby GT500.

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 Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan GT-R has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Shelby GT500 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Shelby GT500 (109.4 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.9% to 45.1%) than the Shelby GT500’s (56.9% to 43.1%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

The GT-R Premium handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Shelby GT500 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Shelby GT500 Coupe (23 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 24.4 seconds @ .83 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The GT-R is 5.5 inches shorter than the Shelby GT500, making the GT-R easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The GT-R has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Shelby GT500 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The Shelby GT500’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the GT-R has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Shelby GT500’s power windows.

The Intelligent Key standard on the GT-R allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The GT-R has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The GT-R’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Shelby GT500’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The GT-R’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The GT-R has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The GT-R has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Shelby GT500.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the GT-R has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The GT-R will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the GT-R will retain 43% of its original price after five years, while the Shelby GT500 only retains 42%.

Recommendations Comparison

The GT-R was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2009 Car of the Year. The Shelby GT500 has never been chosen.

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