2019 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Ferrari 488

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 488 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the 488 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

The Nissan GT-R weighs 549 to 880 pounds more than the Ferrari 488. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 2 years longer than Ferrari covers the 488. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 488 ends after only 3 years.

The GT-R’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the 488’s (5/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are almost 28 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the 488 with its standard engine (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy). The GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the 488 Pista (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

Drivetrain

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 Ferrari 488 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GT-R has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 488 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the 488 (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).

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 488 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the 488 (109.4 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.6% to 45.4%) than the 488’s (41.5% to 58.5%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

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 488 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 significantly lower than the 488 (.324). 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 488 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 488 can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

The GT-R has a larger trunk than the 488 Coupe (8.8 vs. 8.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The GT-R’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 488 has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ferrari does not offer a locking feature on the 488’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 488’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The GT-R’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 488’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Ferrari 488’s Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

The GT-R has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 488.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the GT-R. The GT-R’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 488 doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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