2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2020 BMW M8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GT-R and the M8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Transmission

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 M8 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT-R NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the M8:

GT-R

M8

M8 opt.

Front Rotors

16.14 inches

15.6 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

15 inches

15 inches

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 M8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the M8’s (36.6 feet vs. 39 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the M8’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan GT-R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The GT-R is 6.6 inches shorter than the M8, 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 M8 (.33). 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 M8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The GT-R has 2.5 inches more front legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

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