Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Nissan GT-R VS 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Nissan GT-R

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

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

Both the GT-R and the Corvette 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The GT-R’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the GT-R have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

Engine Comparison

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The GT-R has more powerful engines than the Corvette:

Horsepower

GT-R 3.8 turbo V6

545 HP

GT-R Nismo 3.8 turbo V6

600 HP

Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

Corvette 6.2 V8

460 HP

As tested in Car and Driver the GT-R Nismo is faster than the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 (automatics tested):

GT-R

Corvette

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

Top Speed

191 MPH

185 MPH

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Nissan GT-R Nismo was clocked 1.4 seconds faster than the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe (85.7 sec. vs. 87.1 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The GT-R has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Corvette (19.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the GT-R’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Corvette:

GT-R

Corvette

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13.3 inches

The GT-R stops much shorter than the Corvette:

GT-R

Corvette

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the Corvette (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels are standard on the Corvette. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the GT-R uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Corvette (109.4 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

The GT-R Premium handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Corvette Stingray Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R Nismo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Corvette Stingray Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 23.9 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the Corvette (.29). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.

The GT-R uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Corvette doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GT-R Nismo is quieter than the Corvette Z06 Coupe:

GT-R

Corvette

At idle

54 dB

60 dB

Full-Throttle

90 dB

93 dB

70 MPH Cruising

75 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Corvette can only carry 2.

The GT-R has 27 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette (79 vs. 52).

The GT-R has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more front hip room than the Corvette.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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 Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2015 issue and the Nissan GT-R Nismo won out over the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe.

Motor Trend selected the GT-R as their 2009 Car of the Year. The Corvette was Car of the Year in 1998.

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