2021 Nissan GT-R vs. Its Competition

2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Nissan GT-R is priced between American muscle and sports cars and European supercars, though a high-tech Japanese exotic is also in the mix.

The Acura NSX teams a twin-turbo V-6 with three electric motors to create a sophisticated super sports car that balances a comfortable on-road ride with willing track behavior, though it doesn’t have a second row of seats.

The Porsche 911 has a rear seat similar to the GT-R’s and excels as a road car, a sports car, and a track car, all at a lower starting price than the GT-R.

The Audi R8 offers a unique brand of mid-engine, naturally aspirated V-10 fun that’s priced between the two GT-R models.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is the performance bargain of the group with an agile mid-engine design and performance that will take on any rival.

The top of the Ford Mustang range also competes with the GT-R.

The Shelby GT500 has a conventional front-engine, rear-drive layout and kicks out 760 supercharged horses.

It’s also priced tens of thousands lower than the Nissan.

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Quick Specs
6.2
The 2021 Nissan GT-R is still a performance monster, but it’s no longer the value that it was when it debuted more than a decade ago.
7.0
If you want a supercar that looks the part and drives the part but aren't smitten with the usual suspects in this class, the NSX is your kind of machine.
6.6
The 2020 Audi R8 is a mid-engine superhero in a suit and tie. Its performance is blinding, even compared to high-dollar exotics.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
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Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Premium Unleaded V-10
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Passenger Capacity     
424422
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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