Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Nissan GT-R Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GT-R doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GT-R doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type has standard InControl, 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 F-Type 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, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The F-Type comes with a full 5 year/60,000 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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GT-R’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GT-R.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

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The F-Type SVR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 481) than the GT-R NISMO’s optional 3.8 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type S AWD gets better fuel mileage than the GT-R Premium (18 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’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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For better stopping power the F-Type’s optional front brake rotors are larger than those on the GT-R:

 

F-Type

GT-R

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15.4 inches

The F-Type 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 F-Type stops shorter than the GT-R:

 

F-Type

GT-R

 

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (275/40R19 vs. 255/40R20).

The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 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 F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GT-R doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GT-R.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the GT-R’s (35 feet vs. 36.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The F-Type is 8.6 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (11 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GT-R doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GT-R doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the F-Type, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-Type’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel 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.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GT-R can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The F-Type’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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard 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 F-Type 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 F-Type offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GT-R doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-Type also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The F-Type’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 F-Type with available tilt-down mirrors 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 F-Type 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.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GT-R doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2016 issue and they ranked the Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe higher than the Nissan GT-R Premium.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The GT-R has never been an “All Star.”

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Nissan GT-R by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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