2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

By Justin Cupler | July 16th, 2020

 There are tons of performance cars to pick from, but two of the wildest are the 2020 Nissan GT-R and the all-new 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Both deliver outstanding performance, but they have vastly different personalities. Which is best for our Freeland area shoppers? Find out here.

Exterior

From the outside, the 2020 Nissan GT-R announces its arrival with a bold and aggressive design that demands stares. It’s got aggressive body lines, windswept headlights, massive air inlets, a sloped roofline, sporty side sills, the signature GT-R quad circular taillights, quad-exit exhaust, staggered 20-inch wheels, and much more.

 

 

To say the GT-R stands out in a crowd is an understatement. Opt for the 50th Anniversary Edition, and you’ll get exclusive half-century badges to set it apart. Move all the way into the NISMO trim, and Nissan adds in carbon-fiber body panels and trim to give it an even more aggressive look while dropping a few precious pounds.

 

The Chevy Corvette Stingray is all-new for 2020, and the big news is its transmission to a mid-engine sports car. This shift in powerplant results in a supercar-like look that can’t help but attract stares. Add to that sharp color options like Accelerate Yellow Metallic or Sebring Orange Tintcoat, and your eyes almost stay glued to it.

 

 

Moving the engine behind the seats results in a shorter hood, offering enhanced forward visibility, and a wider backside that you’ll have to account for when parking this beast. But it also gives it slick-looking rear air vents that look like they part of a $200,000 supercar.

 

While plenty of buyers will appreciate the 2020 Corvette’s budget supercar looks, not everyone seeks this bold approach.

 

As for sizing, the GT-R’s 185.4-inch length and 53.9-inch height make it 3.1 inches longer and 5.3 inches taller than the Corvette. The Vette’s 76.1-inch width makes it 1.5 inches wider than the GT-R.

 

As sports cars, these rigs are equipped mostly for ripping through corners, so their features are understandably slim. The 2020 Nissan GT-R’s standard exterior goodies include 20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-10.5-inch rear Rays® forged-alloy wheels, a carbon-fiber composite diffuser tray, a body-color rear spoiler, side air vents, a carbon-fiber engine brace, multi-LED headlights with automatic on and off, LED daytime running lights, power-folding heated mirrors, flush-mounted door handles, titanium exhaust with sound control, and an acoustic windshield.

 

The Corvette’s standard exterior goodies include staggered five-open-spoke bright-silver-painted aluminum wheels, body-color heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals, Carbon Flash exterior accents, daytime running lights, intermittent windshield wipers, LED headlights, and daytime running lights.

 

Measurement 2020 Nissan GT-R 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Length (in.) 185.4 182.3
Width (in.) 74.6 76.1
Height (in.) 53.9 48.6
Wheelbase (in.) 109.4 107.4
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,933 3,366

 

Advantage: 2020 Nissan GT-R

  •       More performance-focused features
  •       More traditional sports car look
  •       Race-ready-looking NISMO model

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

  •       Wild supercar-like look
  •       More luxury-focused amenities
  •       Smaller and nimbler

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Nissan GT-R has come a long way since its earlier years to boast upscale upholstery and some modern tech, but it still features a relatively simple design with a focus on clean, straight lines. This traditional look harks back to the simpler days of sports cars, and some buyers will love the nostalgic feel.

 

Move into the Track Edition and NISMO models, and the GT-R drops some of its more premium-feeling materials in favor of lighter equipment. This includes more Alcantara, carbon fiber, and other lightening materials. These models even lose the rear seats.

 

The 2020 Chevy Corvette also shows off how far this sports car has come. Once teased for its budget cabin, the all-new Corvette stops critics cold with its upscale materials, stunning 8-inch touchscreen, squared-off steering wheel, a supercar-like rising ridge on the passenger’s side of the center console, and tasteful use of metallic accents.

 

As for roominess inside, these sports cars are far from family cruisers. The GT-R is the only one of the two that offers rear seats, but they are only available in the Premium and 50th Anniversary models. The 2020 Corvette Stingray is a two-seater all the way.

 

Up front, the 38.1 inches of headroom, 44.6 inches of legroom, and 54.7 inches of hip room beat the Corvette by 0.2 inches in headroom, 1.8 inches in legroom, and 2.7 inches in hip room. The only area the Corvette wins is by 0.1 inches in shoulder room.

 

In its rear seats, the GT-R is a tight squeeze for adults with 33.5 inches of headroom, 26.4 inches of legroom, 50 inches of shoulder room, and 44.9 inches of hip room.

 

The GT-R’s trunk is equally tight at 8.8 cubic feet. The 2020 Corvette’s cargo room is surprisingly better at 12.6 cubic feet.

 

The GT-R’s standard interior amenities are mostly tuned toward performance, but there are a few niceties here and there. These base features include an acoustic windshield, keyless open and ignition, HomeLink® universal home remote, dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows with one-touch up and down, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, illuminated vanity mirrors, sunglasses storage, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating with synthetic-suede inserts, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber and machined-aluminum trim, a leather-wrapped gear shifter and parking brake, aluminum-trimmed pedals, NissanConnect® infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®, Apple CarPlay®, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming, a Bose® premium 11-speaker audio system with dual subwoofers, active noise cancellation, active sound management, and more.

 

 

Inside the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the standard features include a 12-inch color driver-information center, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan required), eight-way power front seats, a Bose® premium 10-speaker audio system, carpeted floor mats, Chevrolet Connected Access capable, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System, an 8-inch high-definition touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming, voice recognition, in-vehicle apps capable, cloud-connected personalization, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, GT1 bucket seats, HD Radio™, keyless open and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Mulan leather seating with perforated inserts, near-field communication, OnStar, power door locks, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, remote ignition, SiriusXM® radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and more.

 

 

Measurement 2020 Nissan GT-R 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Front headroom (in.) 38.1 37.9
Front legroom (in.) 44.6 42.8
Front shoulder room (in.) 54.3 54.4
Front hip room (in.) 54.7 52
Rear headroom (in.) 33.5 N/A
Rear legroom (in.) 26.4 N/A
Rear shoulder room (in.) 50 N/A
Rear hip room (in.) 44.9 N/A
Cargo room (cu. ft.) 8.8 12.6

 

Advantage: 2020 Nissan GT-R

  •       Rear seats
  •       Race-prepped options
  •       Simple throwback design

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

  •       Supercar-like interior matches the exterior
  •       Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  •       Loads more tech

Performance

We can talk about looks and features all we want, but what matters most in this class is performance.

 

The 2020 Nissan GT-R boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque in the Premium and 50th Anniversary trims. Move up to the Track Edition and NISMO models, and this engine cranks out 600 horses and 481 pound-feet of torque. All 2020 GT-R models use a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.

 

 

The base powertrain adds up to a 3.1-second 0-60 time, while the 600-horsepower flavor does the same sprint in just 2.9 seconds. The NISMO and Track Edition models can also hold a whopping 1.04 Gs on the skidpad – there are no skidpad tests available on the Premium and 50th Anniversary models.

 

With its standard all-wheel drive, the GT-R can handle winter roads, as long as you equip it with winter rubber.

 

The 2020 Corvette Stingray boasts a 6.2-liter V-8 that thumps the asphalt with 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to the rear wheels for a 2.9-second 0-60 time.

 

 

On the skidpad, the 2020 Corvette holds 1.03 Gs, falling just a tick behind the GT-R Track Edition.

 

  2020 Nissan GT-R 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Standard engine 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 565 @ 6,800 495 @ 6,450
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 467 @ 3,300-5,800 470 @ 5,150
Transmission 6-spd dual-clutch transmission 8-spd dual-clutch
Driveline AWD RWD
0-60 time 3.1 seconds 2.9 seconds
Quarter mile N/A 11.2 seconds at 122 mph
Skidpad N/A 1.03 Gs
MPG City 16 15
MPG Highway 22 27
MPG Combined 18 TBD
Optional engine 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 (NISMO and Track Edition) N/A
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 600 @ 6,800 N/A
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 481 @ 3,300-5,600 N/A
Transmission 6-spd dual-clutch transmission N/A
Driveline AWD N/A
0-60 time 2.9 seconds N/A
Quarter mile 11.1 seconds at 125 mph N/A
Skidpad 1.04 Gs N/A
MPG City 16 N/A
MPG Highway 22 N/A
MPG Combined 18 N/A

 

Advantage: 2020 Nissan GT-R

  •       All-wheel-drive grip
  •       Skin-ripping skidpad ratings
  •       Neck-snapping torque from boosted V-6
  •       An always-on driving personality
  •       Slap winter tread on and it’s a tank in the snow

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

  •       Quicker base vs. base
  •       Better fuel efficiency
  •       Timid personality at low throttle

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Nissan GT-R has four trim levels – Premium, 50th Anniversary, Track Edition, and NISMO – and their starting prices range from $113,540 to $210,740.

 

There are three trim levels in the 2020 Corvette lineup: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Their starting prices range from $59,995 to $71,945.

2020 Nissan GT-R Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Premium: $113,540

  •       3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine
  •       Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  •       All-wheel drive
  •       High-performance mechanical limited-slip rear differential
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  •       Rev-matching downshift
  •       Brembo performance brakes w/ 15.3-inch front rotors and 15-inch rear rotors
  •       Six-piston front monoblock calipers
  •       Four-piston monoblock rear calipers
  •       Rigid front and rear suspension subframes
  •       Bilstein® Damptronic® suspension system w/ three selectable modes
  •       Hollow front and rear stabilizer bars
  •       20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-10.5-inch rear Rays® forged-alloy wheels
  •       Carbon-fiber composite diffuser tray
  •       Body-color rear spoiler
  •       Side air vents
  •       Carbon-fiber engine brace
  •       Multi-LED headlights with automatic on and off
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       Power-folding heated mirrors
  •       Flush-mounted door handles
  •       Titanium exhaust with sound control
  •       Acoustic windshield
  •       Keyless open and ignition
  •       HomeLink® universal home remote
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Power windows with one-touch up and down
  •       Power door locks
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Sunglasses storage
  •       Cruise control
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Leather seating with synthetic-suede inserts
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Carbon-fiber and machined-aluminum trim
  •       Leather-wrapped gear shifter and parking brake
  •       Aluminum-trimmed pedals
  •       NissanConnect® infotainment system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Navigation
  •       SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link®
  •       NissanConnect® services
  •       Voice recognition
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Hands-free text messaging
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Bose® premium 11-speaker audio system with dual subwoofers
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Active sound management
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  •       Two USB ports
  •       SiriusXM® radio
  •       Vehicle security system with vehicle immobilizer
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Front and rear parking sensors
  •       Hill-start assist

 

50th Anniversary: $123,040

  •       All Premium features, plus
  •       20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-10.5-inch rear 50th Anniversary Rays® forged-alloy wheels
  •       50th Anniversary graphincs and badges
  •       50th Anniversary hand-stitched semi-aniline leather seating with embossing
  •       50th Anniversary interior treatment
  •       Alcantara headliner with unique stitching and sun visors
  •       50th Anniversary kickplates
  •       50th Anniversary tachometer

 

Track Edition: $145,540

  •       All Premium features, plus
  •       NISMO-tuned 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine (600 horsepower/481 pound-feet of torque)
  •       NISMO-tuned suspension
  •       NISMO-tuned 17.3 mm hollow rear stabilizer bar
  •       0.5-inch wider front wheels
  •       20-by-10-inch front and 20-by-10.5-inch rear black-painted Rays® forged-alloy wheels
  •       Body bonding to key spot welds
  •       Dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  •       Carbon0fiber roof
  •       Black-and-red leather RECARO® front seats
  •       Black-and-red interior treatment

 

NISMO: $210,740

  •       All Track Edition features, plus
  •       Nissan/Brembo carbon-ceramic brake system
  •       16.14-inch front and 15.35-inch rear carbon-ceramic two-piece rotors
  •       Super-rigid six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers
  •       Carbon-fiber front and rear fascia, side sills, and rear spoiler
  •       Front fender air outlets
  •       Carbon-fiber hood
  •       Carbo-fiber front fenders
  •       Carbon-fiber trunk lid
  •       NISMO RECARO® leather front seats with suede inserts
  •       NISMO black-and-red interior treatment
  •       NISMO Alcantara®-wrapped steering wheel
  •       NISMO tachometer

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LT1: $59,995

  •       6.2-liter V-8 engine
  •       Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
  •       Active handling stadility and traction control
  •       Aluminized stainless steel exhaust with quad tips
  •       Aluminum body
  •       Black-painted brake calipers
  •       Brembo® anti-lock brakes
  •       Limited-slip rear differential
  •       Staggered five-open-spoke bright-silver-painted aluminum wheels
  •       Body-color heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  •       Carbon Flash exterior accents
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Front intermittent wipers
  •       LED headlights
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       12-inch color driver-information center
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan required)
  •       Eight-way power front seats
  •       Bose® premium 10-speaker audio syste
  •       Carpeted floor mats
  •       Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  •       Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System
  •       8-inch high-definition touchscreen
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Voice recognition
  •       In-vehicle apps capable
  •       Cloud connected personalization
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Android Auto™
  •       Cruise control
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       GT1 bucket seats
  •       HD Radio™
  •       Keyless open and start
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Mulan leather seating with perforated inserts
  •       Near-field communication
  •       OnStar
  •       Power door locks
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Power windows
  •       Remote ignition
  •       SiriusXM® radio
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       High-definition rearview camera
  •       Rear parking sensors
  •       Teen Driver
  •       Theft-deterrent system

 

2LT: $67,295

  •       All 1LT features, plus
  •       Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  •       Bose® Performance Series 14-speaker audio system
  •       Cargo nets
  •       Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System
  •       Navigation
  •       Head-up display
  •       Heated and ventilated front seats
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Inclination sensor
  •       Interior movement sensor
  •       Two-position driver’s seat and steering wheel memory
  •       Easy-exit feature
  •       Power lumbar
  •       Power passenger seatback lumbar
  •       Universal home remote
  •       Wireless smartphone charger
  •       High-definition front camera
  •       Rear camera mirror
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Blind-zone monitoring

 

3LT: $71,945

  •       All 2LT features, plus
  •       Leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, door trim, and console cover
  •       GT2 racing-inspired bucket seats with carbon-fiber trim
  •       Nappa leather seating with perforated inserts
  •       Sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2020 Nissan GT-R?

The GT-R starts nearly twice the price of the base Corvette. Though their on-paper performance may seem the same, the GT-R is a far more advanced performance vehicle with loads of carbon-fiber construction and other race-ready bits that allow it to handle whatever you throw at it. This makes it the perfect rig for buyers looking for a car they can drive to work during the week and the track on the weekend without worrying about it breaking down.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray?

The 2020 Corvette Stingray is a great option for shoppers who want a supercar but don’t have the wallet to handle it. It also offers great on-street performance and it balances well as a timid daily driver when you keep your foot out of it. This makes it great for shoppers who don’t plan on taking it to the track every weekend but still want to show a few Lamborghinis that American muscle is still a thing on the way to work.

 

Ready to take home the wild 2020 Nissan GT-R? Head down to Garber Nissan serving Saginaw, Bay City, Freeland and the surrounding area to check out the options, and put in an order for the 2020 GT-R that best suits you. Don’t want to wait? Keep an eye on our online inventory to be the first to know if an in-stock GT-R lands on our showroom floor.