Road Tests Real world tests of 911 Carrera 4S vs Nissan GT-R

0-60mph

Top speed

911 Carrera 4S
183 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

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More expensive sticker price $118k vs $90k More than 30% more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 3,340 lb vs 3,819 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 7,800 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 10% more revs
Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
A lot faster to 60mph 2.7 s vs 4.5 s 40% faster to 60mph
More powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
More torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM Around 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 195 mph vs 183 mph 12 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp vs 8.35 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

911 Carrera 4S  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Brand Porsche Nissan
Price 117,530 89,950
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.35 lb/hp 7.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Max RPM 7,800 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system rack&pinionPAS Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 13.39 in Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 483/? 216 508/? 241
Rear wheels 483/? 279 508/? 267

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,340 lb 3,819 lb
Width 72.9 in 74.6 in
Height 50.9 in 53.9 in
Length 176.8 in 183.3 in
Front track width 60.3 in 62.6 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 109.4 in

road tests

911 Carrera 4S  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Top speed 183 mph 195 mph
0-60mph 4.5 s 2.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain AWD ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.91:1
2: 2.29:1
3: 1.55:1
4: 1.3:1
5: 1.08:1
6: 0.88:1
7: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 3.44:1 3.7:1

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc 3,800 cc
Cylinders Flat 6 V6
Air compressor None Turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 4.01 in / 3.05 in 3.76 in / 3.48 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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