Our last Would You Rather was a clash between the two fastest hypercars on the planet and saw a tie between the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera, but you, our readers, overwhelmingly favored the Regera on our Facebook page. We’re keeping things modern this week with two of the fastest, most-exclusive supercars Japan has to offer.
When it was introduced almost 10 years ago, the Nissan GT-R had no real rivals — a sub-$100,000 sports coupe that could embarrass cars costing three times as much. The game has moved on, and so has the GT-R. For 2017 it gets its biggest overhaul to date, with sharper looks, more power and more performance. Good thing, because Acura’s NSX (or Honda’s depending on which part of the world you’re in) has returned with a high-tech hybrid drivetrain, stunning looks and a legendary name to live up to.
Let’s figure out which one you should put in your garage.
LOOKS: The GT-R has received a heavy dose of aggression for 2017, with Nissan’s corporate grill, resculpted fascias and plenty of carbon fiber aero enhancements.
LOOKS: The NSX combines a traditional mid-engine supercar profile with unmistakably modern japanese styling that hints at the high-tech underpinnings.
LOOKS: We love the GT-R’s updates, but the NSX looks fresher and is more of an event no matter the backdrop.
Nissan GT-R: 0
Acura NSX: 1
DRIVETRAIN: Powered by Nissan’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, the GT-R now produces 565 hp at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque, which is a 20 hp and 4 lb-ft improvement over the 2016 GT-R. Power is still sent to all four wheels.
DRIVETRAIN: The NSX also has a twin-turbo V6, but supplements it with two electric motors on the front axle and one on the rear. Working in concert, the system produces a combined 573 hp and a stonking 586 lb-ft of torque.
DRIVETRAIN: The NSX’s drivetrain makes the GT-R’s look old hat.
Nissan GT-R: 0
Acura NSX: 2
PERFORMANCE: Nissan hasn’t announced any performance figures for the 2017 GT-R, but it’s safe to expect slight improvements over its previous 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and top speed of 191 mph. It should also be even better at dissecting race tracks and twisty roads alike.
PERFORMANCE: The NSX all but matches the GT-R with a 0-60 time of about 3 seconds and top speed of 191 mph. Plus, the two motors up front do some neat torque vectoring tricks to improve handling.
PERFORMANCE: The two have very similar on-paper numbers and they’re both new enough that there’s still plenty to be learned about both. We’re calling this one a draw.
Nissan GT-R: 1
Acura NSX: 3
INTERIOR: Like its exterior, the NSX’s cabin is modern, but doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from Acura’s lesser offerings.
INTERIOR: Previously known for a somewhat low-rent interior, the 2017 GT-R is a huge improvement. The new interior looks and feels expensive enough to justify the price.
INTERIOR: The year’s most improved interior award goes to the GT-R.
Nissan GT-R: 2
Acura NSX: 3
The NSX takes it by a point. Let us know on our Facebook page which you would take home.