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Can an Acura NSX Beat a Nissan GT-R in a Drag Race?

When it comes to exotic cars, it’s hard to beat the Nissan GT-R and the Acura NSX. The former is a high-tech supercar machine chocked full of physics-defying wizardry, while the latter is a tri-motor hybrid powerhouse that’s well-suited for the daily drive. But happens when you pit them against each other in a drag race?

The Acura NSX is silent but deadly

The Acura NSX is the luxury brand’s flagship supercar. Many car enthusiasts know and love the first-generation model that debuted in the early 90s, but the second coming of the NSX, which occurred in 2017, showed that the automaker could keep up with the futuristic times.

As such, the newly minted supercar now boasts a high-performance hybrid powertrain that consists of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to three different motors. There are two motors up front to control the front wheels and one motor out back for the rear rollers. Together, they make a combined 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque that’s routed through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission out to all four wheels.

Acura says that the NSX can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 191 mph. However, Car and Driver’s testing revealed a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds.

2017 Acura NSX at the 107th Annual Chicago Auto Show.
2017 Acura NSX at the 107th Annual Chicago Auto Show. | (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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The Nissan GT-R is called “Godzilla” for a reason

While the Acura NSX boasts high-tech hybrid power, the Nissan GT-R tackles the tarmac with brute force. Under the hood of the aptly named “Godzilla” is a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. All of that power is routed to all four wheels thanks to the brand’s ATTESA E-TS system.

The beauty of the GT-R is that the automaker also equipped it with an adjustable suspension and all kinds of computers that make even the more amateur drivers feel like professionals. That’s not to say that the GT-R shouldn’t be respected. However, it is really easy to drive on the street and on the track.

As far as performance, Car and Driver was able to squeeze out a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds, which is identical to their run with the NSX.

2018 Nissan GTR is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show.
2018 Nissan GTR is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show. |(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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What happens when you drag race them together?

While it’s fun to bench race supercars like this all day long, it’s more fun to actually see them race each other. Fortunately, Carwow put these two monsters to the test by drag racing them on an airstrip. What’s interesting is that the NSX pulled ahead straight away, thanks to the help of electric propulsion, and was able to beat the GT-R in the standing quarter-mile.

In the video, the Acura NSX completed the run in just 10.8 seconds, while the GT-R took 11.2 seconds. You might think that the Nissan GT-R could outshine the NSX from a rolling start, however, from 50 mph, the NSX gapped the GT-R with relative ease. Apparently, the hybrid powertrain does wonders when it comes to drag racing.