Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan GT-R vs MP4-12C

0-60mph

Nissan GT-R
2.7 s
MP4-12C
3.1 s

Top speed

Nissan GT-R
195 mph
MP4-12C
205 mph

0-100mph

Nissan GT-R
6.8 s
MP4-12C
5.9 s

Top Gear track time

Nissan GT-R
1:19.70
MP4-12C
1:16.20

1/4 mile

Nissan GT-R
10.8 s
MP4-12C
11 s

Nurburgring time

Nissan GT-R
7:24.22
MP4-12C
7:28.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Slightly faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 11 s Almost the same
Slightly more torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM More than 5% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:19.70 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 195 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 20% more revs
Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 3,819 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
More expensive sticker price $229k vs $90k More than 2.5x more expensive harder to own
Slightly more powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM Around 10% stronger engine
Faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 10.6 s Around 20% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan GT-R  vs
MP4-12C 
Brand Nissan McLaren
Price 89,950 229,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2011
City mileage 16 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 22 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp 5.35 lb/hp
Maximum hp 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,500 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc 3,799 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Air compressor Turbocharger Twin turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 8.7:1
Bore/stroke 3.76 in / 3.48 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Nissan GT-R  vs
MP4-12C 
Top speed 195 mph 205 mph
1/4 mile 10.8 s 11 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 3.1 s
0-100mph 6.8 s 5.9 s
0-200kph 10.6 s 8.7 s
Top gear time 1:19.70 1:16.20
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.22 7:28.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:36.30 1:34.50
Hockenheim short lap time 1:09.94 1:08.70
Drag coefficient 0.27 0.36

transmission

Drivetrain ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc 14.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc 13.8 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 508/? 241 235/35 19
Rear wheels 508/? 267 305/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,819 lb 3,161 lb
Width 74.6 in 75.2 in
Height 53.9 in 47.2 in
Length 183.3 in 177.4 in
Front track width 62.6 in 65.2 in
Wheelbase 109.4 in 105.1 in
Nissan GT-R
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McLaren MP4-12C
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