Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan GT-R vs Audi R8

0-60mph

Top speed

0-100mph

Top Gear track time

1/4 mile

Nurburgring time

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 11.5 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Slightly great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:19.70 vs 1:21.60 Almost the same
More torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Default view of Audi R8

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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

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Way higher redline 8,700 RPM vs 7,000 RPM Around 25% more revs
Bigger engine 5,200 cc vs 3,800 cc More than 35% bigger engine
Slightly lighter curb weight 3,564 lb vs 3,819 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan GT-R  vs
Audi R8 
Brand Nissan Audi
Price 89,950 146,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2010
City mileage 16 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 17 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp 6.88 lb/hp
Maximum hp 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,700 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V6 V10
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.76 in / 3.48 in 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Nissan GT-R  vs
Audi R8 
Top speed 195 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 10.8 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 6.8 s 7.6 s
0-200kph 10.6 s 11.8 s
Top gear time 1:19.70 1:21.60
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.22 7:44.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:36.30 1:40.20
Hockenheim short lap time 1:09.94 1:10.90

transmission

Drivetrain ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case Permanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,819 lb 3,564 lb
Width 74.6 in 76 in
Height 53.9 in 49.3 in
Length 183.3 in 174.6 in
Front track width 62.6 in 64.5 in
Wheelbase 109.4 in 65 in
Nissan GT-R
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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
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