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Compare the2023 Nissan GT-RVS 2023 Audi S5

2023 Nissan GT-R
2023 Audi S5

Safety

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Both the GT-R and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan above average in initial quality. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is rated below average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi With 27 fewer problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, J.D. Power ranks Nissan higher than Audi.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The GT-R’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 216 more horsepower (565 vs. 349) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (467 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The GT-R NISMO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 251 more horsepower (600 vs. 349) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GT-R has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The GT-R offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The S5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The GT-R’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 4100 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GT-R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

GT-R

GT-R NISMO

S5

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

16.14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15.35 inches

13 inches

The GT-R NISMO has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The S5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the GT-R has larger rear tires than the S5 (285/35R20 vs. 255/35R19). The GT-R’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the S5 (285/35R20 vs. 265/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the GT-R is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the S5’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the S5’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the S5 (.31 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.

The GT-R uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The GT-R has .7 inches more front headroom and 3.3 inches more front legroom than the S5 Coupe.

Ergonomics

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The GT-R’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the S5’s standard power windows.

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