2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2020 McLaren GT

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Safety

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

Both the GT-R and the McLaren GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Nissan GT-R weighs 481 to 549 pounds more than the McLaren GT. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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The McLaren GT’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.

Engine

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The GT-R Track Edition/NIMSO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 465) than the McLaren GT’s 4.0 turbo V8.

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 GT is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GT-R

GT-R

GT

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

16.14 inches

14.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15.35 inches

13.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the McLaren GT (255/40R20 vs. 225/35R20).

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 McLaren GT 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 4.1 inches longer than on the McLaren GT (109.4 inches vs. 105.3 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the McLaren GT’s (42.5% to 57.5%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the McLaren GT’s (36.6 feet vs. 39.7 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the McLaren GT’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

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The GT-R is 5.9 inches narrower than the McLaren GT, making the GT-R easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 McLaren GT uses conventional solid rubber 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 McLaren GT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The McLaren GT’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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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 McLaren GT’s standard power windows.

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