2020 Mercedes AMG GT vs. 2020 Nissan GT-R

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Safety

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The Mercedes AMG GT’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GT-R doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The GT-R doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The GT-R doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The GT-R doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GT-R doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 Mercedes AMG GT and the GT-R 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

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The AMG GT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-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 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Mercedes AMG GT has more powerful engines than the GT-R:

Torque

Mercedes AMG GT C 4.0 turbo V8

502 lbs.-ft.

Mercedes AMG GT R 4.0 turbo V8

516 lbs.-ft.

GT-R 3.8 turbo V6

467 lbs.-ft.

GT-R Track Edition/NIMSO 3.8 turbo V6

481 lbs.-ft.

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe was clocked 2 seconds faster than the Nissan GT-R NISMO (93.01 sec. vs. 95.01 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Mercedes AMG GT’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GT-R doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG 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

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The Mercedes AMG GT stops shorter than the GT-R:

Mercedes AMG GT

GT-R

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

104 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20).

The Mercedes AMG GT’s 255/35R19 front and 295/30R19 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

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mercedes AMG GT is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GT-R.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (47% to 53%) than the GT-R’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the Mercedes AMG GT more stable handling and braking.

The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the GT-R Premium pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GT-R Premium (22.8 seconds @ .96 average G’s vs. 23.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The Mercedes AMG GT is 5.2 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the Mercedes AMG GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Mercedes AMG GT has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 8.5 inches more front hip room and 4.1 inches more front shoulder room than the GT-R.

Cargo Capacity

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The Mercedes AMG GT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (10.1 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Mercedes AMG GT’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GT-R doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Mercedes AMG GT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GT-R uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 38% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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The Mercedes AMG GT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GT-R doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mercedes AMG GT, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT-R doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The GT-R has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

If the windows are left open on the Mercedes AMG GT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower 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 Mercedes AMG GT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GT-R’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Mercedes AMG GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GT-R doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Mercedes AMG GT has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GT-R doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Mercedes AMG GT offers optional extendable sun visors. The GT-R doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GT-R’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

When the Mercedes AMG GT is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GT-R’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Mercedes AMG GT has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT-R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Mercedes AMG GT keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GT-R doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mercedes AMG GT offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GT-R doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Nissan GT-R isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Mercedes AMG GT owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mercedes AMG GT will cost $1280 less than the GT-R over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The GT-R has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes AMG GT outsold the Nissan GT-R by over nine to one during the 2019 model year.

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