2019 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Audi S5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GT-R and the S5 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the GT-R has a 150-amp alternator. The S5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 216 more horsepower (565 vs. 349) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 251 more horsepower (600 vs. 349) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The GT-R has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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 S5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The GT-R’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 4100 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT-R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

 

GT-R

S5

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger tires than the S5 (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. 245/40R18).

The GT-R’s 285/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s standard 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

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 S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the GT-R is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.6% to 45.4%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the S5’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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 S5 (.29 to .3). 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 S5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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 S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the S5’s standard power windows.

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