2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 McLaren Senna

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The GT-R has standard head airbag curtains which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and front passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Senna doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

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

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

The Nissan GT-R weighs 835 to 903 pounds more than the McLaren Senna. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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

There are almost 43 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.

Drivetrain

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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 Senna is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GT-R

Senna

Front Rotors

16.14 inches

15.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the Senna (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R19).

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

The Nissan GT-R’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The McLaren Senna only has 1 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Senna doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Senna (109.4 inches vs. 105 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the Senna’s (42% to 58%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 5.7 feet tighter than the Senna’s (36.6 feet vs. 42.3 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Senna’s (37.4 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the GT-R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Senna uses conventional solid engine mounts.

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 Senna doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The GT-R has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 4.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Senna.

Cargo Capacity

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The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the Senna (8.8 vs. 2.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The GT-R’s standard tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier. McLaren doesn’t offer tilt steering on the Senna.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the GT-R has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Senna doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The GT-R’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Senna’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.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the GT-R. The GT-R’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Senna doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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