2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2018 Maserati GranTurismo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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

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


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

The GT-R’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 9 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.


The GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 111 more horsepower (565 vs. 454) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8. The GT-R Track Edition/NIMSO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 146 more horsepower (600 vs. 454) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission and 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 Maserati GranTurismo is not available with all wheel drive.

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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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


GT-R opt.


Front Rotors

15.35 inches

16.14 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15.35 inches

13 inches

The GT-R (except Premium/50th Anniversary Edition) offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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

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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer run-flat tires.


The Nissan GT-R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo.

The GT-R is 8.7 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, making the GT-R easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 GranTurismo (.32). 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 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The GT-R has 2.9 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the GranTurismo.

Cargo Capacity

The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the GranTurismo (8.8 vs. 6.1 cubic feet).

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


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 GranTurismo does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 GranTurismo’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Maserati GranTurismo doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The GT-R’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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