Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan GT-R vs BMW M5

0-60mph

Nissan GT-R
2.7 s
M5 (E60)
4.1 s

Top speed

Nissan GT-R
195 mph
M5 (E60)
155 mph

0-100mph

Nissan GT-R
6.8 s
M5 (E60)
9.2 s

Top Gear track time

Nissan GT-R
1:19.70
M5 (E60)
1:26.20

1/4 mile

Nissan GT-R
10.8 s
M5 (E60)
12.3 s

Nurburgring time

Nissan GT-R
7:24.22
M5 (E60)
8:12.90

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 155 mph 40 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Really great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:19.70 vs 1:26.20 Around 10% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 12.3 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 6.8 s vs 9.2 s More than 25% faster to 100mph
More torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM More than 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM Around 10% stronger engine
Slightly more expensive sticker price $90k vs $81k More than 10% more expensive harder to own
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp vs 8.13 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 3,819 lb vs 4,066 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster to 200kph 10.6 s vs 13.5 s More than 20% faster to 200kph
Side view of BMW M5

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BMW M5 (E60)

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Way higher redline 8,250 RPM vs 7,000 RPM Around 20% more revs
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,800 cc More than 30% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan GT-R  vs
BMW M5 
Brand Nissan BMW
Price 89,950 81,200
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2005
Highway mileage 23 MPG 19 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp 8.13 lb/hp
Maximum hp 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM
Maximum torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V6 V10
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.76 in / 3.48 in 3.62 in / 2.95 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,819 lb 4,066 lb
Width 74.6 in 72.7 in
Height 53.9 in 57.8 in
Length 183.3 in 191.5 in
Front track width 62.6 in 62.2 in
Wheelbase 109.4 in 113.7 in

road tests

Nissan GT-R  vs
BMW M5 
Top speed 195 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 10.8 s 12.3 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 4.1 s
0-100mph 6.8 s 9.2 s
0-200kph 10.6 s 13.5 s
Top gear time 1:19.70 1:26.20
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.22 8:12.90
Hockenheim short lap time 1:09.94 1:16.6

transmission

Drivetrain ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7
Gear ratios
1: 4.06:1
2: 2.3:1
3: 1.6:1
4: 1.25:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.8:1
7: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.7:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 508/? 241 216/? 457
Rear wheels 508/? 267 241/? 457
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