While the motoring world is far away from the golden age of Japanese performance cars, where brands offer enthusiastically oriented models at different price levels, there are still many very powerful machines from the car manufacturers in the country. In this case Highest gear runs a drag race between the new Acura NSX, which carries the Honda surf in the UK, against a Nissan GT-R. To put a thumb on the scales, this GT-R has additional tuning from the British tuner Litchfield.
The Acura comes to the race in the form of a factory stock. The V6 with a 3.5 liter double turbocharger also has three electric motors and the setup delivers a total power of 573 hp (427 kilowatts) and 476 pounds (645 Newton meters) by a dual-speed dual-speed gearbox with nine gears. In the United States, prices start at $ 159,300 after the destination fee of $ 1,800. Currently, buyers can get a substantial $ 20,000 discount on the model, which equates to a 13 percent discount on basic costs.
For comparison: the Nissan GT-R comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 with a capacity of 565 hp (421 kW) and 467 lb-ft (633 Nm) that works via a six-speed dual clutch transmission. In the US, the base model starts with $ 101,685 after the destination fee of $ 1,695. However, the Litchfield tuning on this boosts the output to 631 hp (471 kW) and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm).
Although it is lagging behind in power, the NSX weighs slightly less at 3,915 pounds (1,776 kilograms), compared to 3,968 pounds (1,800 kilograms) for the GT-R. Both have four-wheel drive, so traction should not be a problem.
At the start of the race the NSX jumps off the line for the GT-R, probably thanks to the immediate torque of the Acura from its electric motors. View the rest to see which model wins.
Source: Top equipment via YouTUbe