2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Aston Martin DB11

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 DB11 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the DB11 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

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 2 years longer than Aston Martin covers the DB11. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the DB11 ends after only 3 years.

There are over 31 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Engine

The GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 62 more horsepower (565 vs. 503) than the DB11 V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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 DB11 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

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 Aston Martin DB11 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT-R NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the DB11:

GT-R

DB11

Front Rotors

16.14 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

14.2 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 DB11 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The GT-R stops shorter than the DB11:

GT-R

DB11

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 DB11 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The GT-R NISMO handles at 1.02 G’s, while the DB11 pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R NISMO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the DB11 (22.9 seconds @ .92 average G’s vs. 23.9 seconds @ .84 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the DB11’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the DB11’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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 DB11 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The GT-R has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the DB11 (79 vs. 76).

The GT-R has .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the DB11.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The DB11’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the GT-R. The DB11 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 DB11 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Aston Martin does not offer a locking feature on the DB11’s standard power windows.

The GT-R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The DB11’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2017 issue and they ranked the Nissan GT-R NISMO higher than the Aston Martin DB11.

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