Road Tests Real world tests of Impreza WRX STI vs Nissan GT-R

0-60mph

Top speed

Impreza WRX STI
158 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph

Top Gear track time

Impreza WRX STI
1:30.10
Nissan GT-R
1:19.70

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Lighter curb weight 3,319 lb vs 3,819 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Nissan GT-R

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Nissan GT-R

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Much faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 13.5 s Around 20% faster at the drag strip
Much great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:19.70 vs 1:30.10 More than 10% great lap time on the Top Gear track
A lot faster to 60mph 2.7 s vs 5 s More than 45% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 195 mph vs 158 mph 37 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more more powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM Around 85% stronger engine
Way more expensive sticker price $90k vs $30k 3x more expensive harder to own
Significantly more torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 55% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Significantly better power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp vs 11.21 lb/hp More than 35% better power-to-weight ratio
Bigger engine 3,800 cc vs 2,457 cc Around 55% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Impreza WRX STI  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Brand Subaru Nissan
Price 30,000 89,950
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2012
City mileage 17 MPG 16 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 23 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.21 lb/hp 7.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 296 HP @ 6,000 RPM 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 300 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

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

road tests

Impreza WRX STI  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Top speed 158 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 13.5 s 10.8 s
0-60mph 5 s 2.7 s
Top gear time 1:30.10 1:19.70

transmission

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

engine

Displacement 2,457 cc 3,800 cc
Cylinders Flat 4 V6
Fuels
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,319 lb 3,819 lb
Width 70.7 in 74.6 in
Height 57.9 in 53.9 in
Length 180.3 in 183.3 in
Wheelbase 103.3 in 109.4 in
Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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