2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the GT-R. But it costs extra on the GTC4Lusso.

Both the GT-R and the GTC4Lusso 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 Ferrari covers the GTC4Lusso. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GTC4Lusso ends after only 3 years.

The GT-R’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GTC4Lusso’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 GTC4Lusso AWD (16 city/22 hwy vs. 12 city/17 hwy). The GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the GTC4Lusso T (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT-R NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GTC4Lusso:

GT-R

GTC4Lusso

Front Rotors

16.14 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

14.2 inches

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the GTC4Lusso (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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis

The Nissan GT-R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

The GT-R is 9.2 inches shorter than the GTC4Lusso, 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 GTC4Lusso (.309). 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The GTC4Lusso’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

The GT-R’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The GTC4Lusso has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 GTC4Lusso does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 GTC4Lusso’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 GTC4Lusso’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 GTC4Lusso’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.

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