2019 Nissan GT-R vs. 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Nissan GT-R has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Vanquish doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the GT-R and the Vanquish 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 and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 2 years longer than Aston Martin covers the Vanquish. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Vanquish ends after only 3 years.

There are over 31 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Engine

The GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (600 vs. 580) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 465) than the Vanquish’s 5.9 DOHC V12.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R (base engine) is faster than the Aston Martin Vanquish:

 

GT-R

Vanquish

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123.4 MPH

115.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the Vanquish (16 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).

Transmission and Drivetrain

The GT-R offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

All wheel drive, available in the GT-R, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Aston Martin Vanquish is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The GT-R stops shorter than the Vanquish:

 

GT-R

Vanquish

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Vanquish doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Vanquish (109.4 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

The GT-R NISMO handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Vanquish Coupe pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R NISMO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Vanquish Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .92 average G’s vs. 24.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Vanquish’s (36.6 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the GT-R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Vanquish uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 Vanquish (.28). 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 (except Pure) uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Vanquish doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the GT-R a Subcompact car, while the Vanquish Coupe is rated a Minicompact.

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Vanquish Coupe can only carry up to 2.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The Vanquish’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the GT-R. The Vanquish doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

The GT-R’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Vanquish does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The GT-R’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vanquish’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Aston Martin Vanquish doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The GT-R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Vanquish’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The GT-R’s 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. The Vanquish doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

With standard voice command, the GT-R offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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