Car: Civic 1.8S, Nissan GT-R
Join Date: 11th May 2009
Location: Lichfield UK
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Civic Type S v Nissan GT-R review!
Ok so I know they're not really comparable but just for a laugh:
The Civic is much quieter, both on tickover and underway. The GTR has a lot of tyre noise from the huge Dunlop rubber and the 3.7 V6 has a real rumble as well as the twin-turbo whistle over 3000rpm.The 1.8 sounds much more muted.
Mrs Rod much prefers to ride in the Civic. The GT-R is very hard, even on "Comfort" setting and on "R" setting it's like a go-kart.
The Civic gives the GT-R a pasting on MPG. Driven hard, I still get 36mpg from the Civic. At a day's driver training at Millbrook in the GT-R I got, er, 12 mpg!
There's room for my diving gear in the Civic, not the GT-R.
They're about the same in the snow. Although the GTR has AWD the Dunlops are more slick than winter and tend to slither about on top more than the skinny Bridgestones on the Civic.
However, the GT-R will give pretty much anything a pasting on performance. A man in a 997 looked utterly amazed he couldn't shake me on a fast A road last month. In fact, he was looking rather out of shape so I backed off rather than cause him a problem.
The Civic is much cheaper to run. GT-R tyres at £500 each,anyone??
Overall, I'm very pleased with both, using the Civic as my daily driver more than the Nissan, but I have to say that I like the Civic more and more for some of the above reasons. The Nissan is the car of a lifetime for me and, as a mate said recently " It's not really a car, more like the Oblivion ride at Olton Towers..!" But those who knock the Civic should know that it compares rather well in some areas .
All the best