2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Aston Martin DBS

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 DBS doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the DBS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the DBS (16 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

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 DBS 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 DBS is not available with all wheel drive.

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 DBS doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the DBS’ (36.6 feet vs. 40.7 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the DBS’ (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).


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 DBS (.38). 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 DBS doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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


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 DBS 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 DBS’ standard power windows.

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