2017 Acura NSX vs. 2017 Nissan GTR

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The all-new NSX versus the new for 2017 GTR is Japan’s battle for the ages, so what’s the deal with these two cars?


The NSX is the too long-awaited second iteration of Honda’s famous world beating sports car. Unlike the simplicity of the original, the new NSX is technological powerhouse. Featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6, which on it’s own accounts for 500 horsepower, additional drive is then added via three electric motors – one at each front wheel and one assisting the V6 powering the rears. Yes, this new NSX is all-wheel drive, and all that technology results in a combined output of 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. However, because the wizardry of electric motors are influencing those figures, the NSX has “torque-fill,” which means that it effectively has that much torque on tap for the majority of the powerband. All of this is tethered to a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a 3876 pound body. Price as tested: $197,400.


The R35 GTR needs no introduction, having been around for almost 10 years by this point. It also features an advanced all-wheel drive system, a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine (565HP/476 lb-ft of torque), a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a similarly rotund curb weight of 3936 pounds. Crucially for 2017, Nissan has softened the GTR’s rough edges, attempting to make it more user friendly and the ride more supple. Price as tested: $112,585. Hmm.

Anyway, those are the headline figures. We won’t spoil the results, check out the Head 2 Head comparison below:

via Motor Trend 

Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

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