Nissan GT-R beats the M3 and M5 in residual value

BMW M3 | January 27th, 2009 by 13
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So not only that the Nissan GT-R has been proven to be faster than the M3, but according to MotorAuthority, the GT-R has a better …

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So not only that the Nissan GT-R has been proven to be faster than the M3, but according to MotorAuthority, the GT-R has a better resale value after 12 months. The 84% residual value is significantly higher than the BMW M3 residuals, which tends to be around 60% after year passes.

But in BMW’s defense, the M3’s were never known for holding their value too well, and according to the latest residual values published in January, the BMW M3 Coupe has a residual value after 24 months set at 56% and at 36 months, 50%.

The convertible M3 does even worse: 24 months – 51%, 36 months – 47%. In contrast, the more expensive BMW M5 has higher residuals than the M3, but still short of the Nissan GT-R, 24 months – 60% and 36 months – 55%.

All the above numbers are based on 10,000 miles limit. So, the Nissan fans have another reason to brag about their GT-R, especially since it also beats the classic Porsche 911 Carrera and the new supercar from Audi, R8, with residual values set at 73% respectively, 73%.

But, we need to take in consideration the amazing BMW lease program, with the subsidized APR, a program that can give the consumers a better monthly lease payment when compared to its competitors.

We won’t be getting now into lease details, but I thought I will share this with you.

[Source: MotorAuthority ]

13 responses to “Nissan GT-R beats the M3 and M5 in residual value”

  1. CalebC says:


  2. Gragop says:

    I’d still rather have the M3 that doesn’t grenade itself if I drive it like it’s supposed to be driven.

  3. The Lee says:


    I have a very healthy respect for what the GTR is capable of…

    That being said, I agree with you 197%. I’d rather have the M3, 911 or ZR-1 any day of the week.

    I hate Nissan interiors, I hate the nanny software of the GTR, and I hate the fact that Nissan has completely given up on the inline 6 configuration.

  4. Gragop says:

    @The Lee:

    I respect the authority and capabilities of the GT-R as well but in the end, if it were my money, I’d take an M3 at $55k and save the $25k and be just as happy. The GT-R is incredible but in my mind more a technical exercise and conversation piece given the limitations placed on it by software, the GPS-based limiters, the transmission/launch control and the little black box that records and transmits data on drivers – those things just don’t work for me if I’m spending that much.

  5. The Lee says:

    I’m with you on that. I don’t want my car to tell me when/where I can drive fast. I’m not typically the type to speed anyway, but I enjoy at least having the option available should I need it.

    I really don’t like “launch control”. As a drag racer, I enjoy the effort/time/accomplishment of watching those 60′ times drop because of practice and skill acquired through numerous trips to the track. I don’t care for the idea of a car launching itself in the most efficient manner. There comes a point where the skill of the driver will diminish simply because there’s no longer any challenge to driving a car like that.

  6. Gord says:

    Well you can’t exactly just go and buy a GT-R because I believe there is a waiting list, and people have to pay premiums. An M3, you could just go to dealer, and buy one.

  7. The Lee says:

    Well, the GTR is uber JDM, yo. Of course you have to be on a waiting list for it.

  8. Gord says:

    @ The Lee

    The M5 during debut had a 2 year waiting list.

  9. The Lee says:

    Then it’s obviously JDM as hell, too.

    I really don’t see the waiting list itself making either the M3 or the GTR any better or worse. There was a waiting list for the Mustang GT500; it doesn’t mean it’s not a complete turd. There isn’t a waiting list for the Scion xD; that in itself doesn’t make it a better car than the Corvette ZR1.

    There are only two things you can judge by using whether or not the vehicle has a waiting list as your tape measure:

    1) Marketing. How well has that company hyped up their product?
    2) Production. How few did they make?

  10. Gragop says:

    @The Lee:

    I agree, quality and ability have nothing to do with a waiting list. Good example is the Alfa 8C – Clarkson said it can’t handle for crap yet it was hyper expensive and uber difficult to get one. Waiting lists usually have to do with hype – a lot of times people will put their names on waiting lists with dealers if they think a car will be big on debut then try to flip one of the first few to go on sale thinking they’ll make a profit.

  11. Gord says:

    Pardon my ignornace, but doesn’t the fact that because the GT-R has a waiting, it won’t lose value as quickly as say a car that doesn’t have a waiting list ? I never said a waiting list made a car better.

  12. BMW LOVER says:

    BMW will be always the bes t ; i don’t care if the GT-R beats the M3 or the 911 , thougt the GT-R is fastest the M3 is more luxourious and more confident;

  13. Davojones says:

    every man and his dog has a bmw. Seen everywhere on every street corner. Skyline for me.

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