2019 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

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 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

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

Reliability

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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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

 

Horsepower

Torque

GT-R 3.8 turbo V6

565 HP

467 lbs.-ft.

GT-R NISMO 3.8 turbo V6

600 HP

481 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z51 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R (base engine) is faster than the Corvette ZR1 (automatics tested):

 

GT-R

Corvette

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the Corvette ZR1 Auto (16 city/22 hwy vs. 12 city/20 hwy).

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

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Nissan GT-R comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corvette.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer an SMG.

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 Chevrolet Corvette is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

GT-R

Corvette

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13.3 inches

The GT-R stops shorter than the Corvette:

 

GT-R

Corvette

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the Corvette (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:285/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the Corvette.

Suspension and Handling

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 NISMO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Corvette Stingray Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .92 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

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 (except Pure) 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.

Passenger Space

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

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 standard 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.

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