2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 McLaren 570S

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 570S doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the 570S have standard driver and passenger frontal 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.

The Nissan GT-R weighs 551 to 970 pounds more than the McLaren 570S. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 2 years longer than McLaren covers the 570S. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 570S ends after only 3 years.

There are over 57 times as many Nissan dealers as there are McLaren dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.


The 570S’ redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GT-R has a 7100-RPM redline.


The GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 3 more horsepower (565 vs. 562) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 443) than the 570S’ 3.8 turbo V8. The GT-R Track Edition/NIMSO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 38 more horsepower (600 vs. 562) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 443) than the 570S’ 3.8 turbo V8.


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 McLaren 570S 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 570S:



Front Rotors

16.14 inches

15.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

15 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the 570S (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:225/35R19 & R:285/35R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the 570S.

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 570S doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the 570S (109.4 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the 570S’ (42.1% to 57.9%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the 570S’ (36.6 feet vs. 41 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the 570S’ (37.4 feet vs. 41 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 570S (.35). 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 570S doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 570S can only carry 2.

The GT-R has 30 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 570S (79 vs. 49).

Cargo Capacity

The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the 570S Coupe (8.8 vs. 5.3 cubic feet).


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 570S does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. McLaren does not offer a locking feature on the 570S’ standard power windows.

The GT-R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The 570S’ visors are fixed into the windshield header.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the GT-R has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 570S doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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