Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster Sport vs Nissan GT-R


Top speed

Roadster Sport
124 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph


1/4 mile

Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Tesla Roadster Sport

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Sport

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More expensive sticker price $129k vs $90k Around 45% more expensive harder to own
Significantly lighter curb weight 2,724 lb vs 3,819 lb Around 30% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Nissan GT-R

Reasons to consider the
Nissan GT-R

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 124 mph 71 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM More than 90% stronger engine
A lot faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 12.6 s Around 15% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 6.8 s vs 11.5 s More than 40% faster to 100mph
Significantly more torque 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM vs 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM More than 65% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.05 lb/hp vs 9.56 lb/hp More than 25% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Roadster Sport  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Brand Tesla Nissan
Price 128,500 89,950
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.56 lb/hp 7.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion



physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,724 lb 3,819 lb
Width 68 in 74.6 in
Height 44.4 in 53.9 in
Length 155.4 in 183.3 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 109.4 in

road tests

Roadster Sport  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Top speed 124 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 12.6 s 10.8 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 11.5 s 6.8 s


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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Tesla Roadster Sport
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