2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Nissan GT-R

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The GT has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 GT and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


The GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-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 sooner.

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.


The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GT-R doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.


The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 82 more horsepower (647 vs. 565) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 467) than the GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 47 more horsepower (647 vs. 600) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 481) than the GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The GT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GT-R doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Ford GT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the GT-R.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

15.5 inches

15.35 inches

The GT has standard 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 GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The GT-R doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops shorter than the GT-R:





60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the GT-R (325/30R20 vs. 285/35R20).

The GT’s 245/35R20 front and 325/30R20 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 standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

The GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GT-R doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GT-R.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the GT-R Premium pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GT-R Premium (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s).


The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The GT is 10.2 inches shorter in height than the GT-R, making the GT much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).


On a hot day the GT’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 GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The GT-R has never been an “All Star.”

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