Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi R8 VS 2015 Nissan GT-R Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Audi R8

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2015 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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The R8 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GT-R doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the R8 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, all-wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The R8 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GT-R’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The R8 Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT-R (23.8 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The R8 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 R8 stops much shorter than the GT-R:

R8

GT-R

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

109 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the R8 is 1.9 inches wider in the front than on the GT-R.

The R8 V10 Plus Coupe handles at .96 G’s, while the GT-R Premium pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The R8 V8 Coupe is 9.2 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 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 R8 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.

The R8’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.

The R8 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its July 2013 issue and the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe won out over the Nissan GT-R Premium.

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