Desert Street Duel – Acura NSX vs. Nissan GT-R

December 8th, 2016

desert-street-duel-acura-nsx-vs-nissan-gt-r-01What better place to stage a 1/4-mile dig race between two powerful exotic sports cars than in the deserts of Mexico? This video gives us a look at a 2017 Acura NSX and, a car that is affectionately known as Goliath, the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

This ought to be a good one. The $110K Nissan is sporting a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 capable of producing 565hp and 467 lb.-ft. of torque. With a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive it can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9-seconds. The $160K Acura is also well equipped with a twin turbocharged (3.5-liter) V6 but it also adds three electric motors – that’s right – it’s a hybrid. It has a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and makes 573hp. It can launch from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1-seconds. The GT-R makes use of a competition grade launch control system to blaze the 1320 but the NSX has no need for it with those instantaneous electric motors.

While we often see GT-R racers on the street and strip, and they are particularly prominent in the half and one-mile events, we seldom come across an Acura NSX. That got my wheels to turning and I wondered: Is the NSX a slow poke? Let’s go to the video and find out.