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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Acura NSX vs Audi R8

How is the hybrid V6 and Honda/Acura engineering going to compete with the tried and true Audi R8? Any guesses?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 12:15 PM
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Only way I can see Acura making their NSX come close to the R8 is making a high output forced induction V6 and being lightweight.

Audi's are known to be pigs but also putting down a lot of power.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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The specs of the R8 and speculated NSX actually aren't that far off. The Audi still has more power but not by much. The NSX will likely be lighter too. The 5.2L R8 is a different story.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 01:01 AM
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its not hard to answer this if you look all specification Audi r8 is better than Acura NSX....
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The Audi R8 has cemented its reputation as a true supercar with attractive look and top-of-the-segment performance. The R8 is a classic made from a skillful blend of leading technological cues and racing tips gotten from another Volkswagen brand, Lamborghini. The Audi R8 2012 model ranks first among 5 Super Luxury Sports Cars in a ranking based on an analysis of reviews, safety data, test drives and reliability. The refreshed 2013 Audi R8 features some minor cosmetic changes and updates such as new LED headlights and taillights and a fine-tuned front fascia and an iconic single-frame grille. This new Audi is on its way to becoming my favourite sports car!
The Acura NSX 2013 features an all-wheel drive and a mid-mounted V6 engine, perhaps taking a cue from Audi, who perfected the idea. Unlike the Audi, the Acura uses a 7-speed transmission mated to electric motors to drive its rear wheels and uses another pair of electric motors to power its axle. This gives the car an advantage of fast quarter mile speed with a frightening 0 t0 60 mph ratings.
The Audi R8 2013 model is powered by either a 430-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 or a 525-hp, 5.2-liter V-10 engine which were both carried over from the previous model. A six-speed manual transmission also returns but Audi dropped its balky R tronic single-clutch six-speed automatic for an S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch auto. According to a source in the Audi’s production unit, buyers should expect the new transmission system to give a smoother but less track-oriented performance.
Having two independent electric motors on the front axle of a rear wheel car is something Audi has also done in some of its supercar concepts like the eTron. This gives the car maximum handling and better grip when negotiating a bend.
Hijacking someone else’s identity is permitted. But the truth is that identity thieves can only stay in the shadows of the identity owner. After waiting for a number of years, the 2013 Acura NSX has attempted to take up a different identity, an R8 identity and it now lives in the 2013 Audi R8’s shadow. The R8 has become a benchmark for luxury automakers who would like to introduce new entry-level sedans. While we must admit that the Acura NSX 2013 has come close, it has not achieved the critical acclaim enjoyed by the Audi. It is hard to hit a moving target! The R8 retains its position as the leader of the pack for this model year and wins the 2013 Acura NSX vs Audi R8 contest hands down.
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^ As much as I see where you are coming from it is hard to tell where Honda/Acura is going to go with this NSX. If I had to choose a car based on fun to drive factor R8 vs original NSX. I'd actually go for the original NSX. And yes I have driven the V8 R8. It's got great power but the connection from the driver to the road is not as raw as the original V6 NSX. There are more considerations to factor apart from raw power. Suspension geometry and engineering, aerodynamics, curb weight, chassis rigidity, the list goes on.

Another big bonus with the NSX will be the fact that it is a hybrid. The NSX has always had a reputation for being a every friendly supercar. With the old NSX they did this by implementing a VTEC V6 that didn't delivery much power but was reliable and was easy to maintain.

If the new NSX is trying to follow the heritage it makes sense to use a hybrid as it continues the heritage of everyday supercar (good on gas) and it being a Honda V6 the reliability and cost of ownership will be lower than the R8. These are advantages of the Honda/Acura. The R8 will always be more powerful than the NSX. This will never change. Maybe if VW didn't buy lamborghini than it would be a different story.

Personally I've never considered the R8 simply due to heritage. The NSX has a good following and heritage that the R8 just can't match. Parts bin VW cars don't have much heritage anymore.
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If Acura can get this car out before the gen 2 R8, they will have the technologically superior product. Since the facelifted R8 is due this summer as a 2014 model, I wouldn't expect to see gen 2 until the 2017 model year, giving Acura a two year lead if the NSX is a 2015 as expected.
By the way, the potential NSX 0-60 of 3 seconds beats even the R8 V10, and will likely return double the fuel efficiency!
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I don't care too much about the regular R8

This is where it is at with the R8



Lambo V10.

Imagine if Acura just suddenly decided to offer a Type R model with this motor in it.

Who do we have to wack to get this to happen?
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If the price points are the same the NSX will be compared and AHM will have to address the issue; however if the NSX comes in at the 100k level then it will be compared to the GTR and SRT Viper

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On another note:
With the partnership with McLaren in 2015 in F1 and McLaren talking about a smaller less expensive street car to compete on price point with Porsche. It might be interesting to see if they tap into the NSX power plant or maybe a detuned HPD engine used in Indycar or the new GrandAm/ALMS series.
I'm sure once the Mercedes apron as been severed on the F1 end; Honda maybe a natural choice for McLaren's street cars

Just a thought
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