2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 McLaren Senna

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 Senna doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the Senna have standard driver and passenger frontal 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

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 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.

Reliability

The Senna’s 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.

Drivetrain

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

For better stopping power the GT-R NISMO’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

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

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).

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

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

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

Ergonomics

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.

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