Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Nissan GT-R


Model S
4 s
Nissan GT-R
2.7 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph


Model S
9.5 s
Nissan GT-R
6.8 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s
Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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More expensive sticker price $107k vs $90k Around 20% more expensive harder to own
Side view of Nissan GT-R

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Nissan GT-R

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 130 mph 65 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
Faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 12.4 s Around 15% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
Faster to 100mph 6.8 s vs 9.5 s Around 30% faster to 100mph
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp vs 9.19 lb/hp Around 25% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Model S  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Brand Tesla Nissan
Price 107,350 89,950
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2012
City mileage 88 MPGe 16 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 23 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 7.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc

road tests

Model S  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Top speed 130 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 10.8 s
0-60mph 4 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 6.8 s


Drivetrain RWD ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6


Air compressor None Turbocharger

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,819 lb
Width 77.3 in 74.6 in
Height 56.5 in 53.9 in
Length 196 in 183.3 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 109.4 in
Tesla Model S
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