2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe

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Safety

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Both the GT-R and the AMG S-Class Coupe 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

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

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

Reliability

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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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 10 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Transmission

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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 AMG S-Class Coupe doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The GT-R stops shorter than the AMG S-Class Coupe:

GT-R

AMG S-Class Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

106 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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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 AMG S-Class Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GT-R NISMO handles at 1.02 G’s, while the AMG S-Class Coupe pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R NISMO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the AMG S-Class Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .92 average G’s vs. 24.9 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the AMG S-Class Coupe’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the AMG S-Class Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan GT-R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe.

The GT-R is 1 foot, 2.3 inches shorter than the AMG S-Class Coupe, 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 AMG S-Class Coupe (.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 AMG S-Class Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

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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 AMG S-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GT-R owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GT-R will cost $2935 less than the AMG S-Class Coupe over a five-year period.

The GT-R will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GT-R will retain 48.77% to 58.29% of its original price after five years, while the AMG S-Class Coupe only retains 37.24% to 38.97%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan GT-R will be $60681 to $87051 less than for the Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe.

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