2018 Acura NSX vs. Its Competition

2018 Acura NSX
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Supercar buyers are looking for emotion.

They want sleek looks to go with ridiculous power and track-ready performance.

The NSX delivers on all counts, though the brand can’t claim the cachet of its rivals.

The Audi R8 V-10 is fast and sexy, offers the seductive sound of a V-10, and is also livable like the NSX in daily driving.

The BMW i8 is conceptually similar to the NSX, but it doesn’t approach the Acura’s lofty performance numbers, opting instead for better efficiency.

The Ferrari 488 GTB can’t be touched in terms of reputation, and its driving feel and track-ready handling are tops as well.

The Porsche 911 Turbo doesn’t look much different than other 911s, but it has tons of power, handles the rigors of the track, and is the most refined of Porsche's performance-tuned 911s.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Acura NSX is an engineering tour de force that blends hybrid components with a turbocharged V-6 to create a track-ready supercar that can also be driven daily.
As much a track star as it is a comfortable daily driver, the 2018 Audi R8 is one of the most balanced and flexible supercars ever made.
The 2018 Porsche 911 is a superlative sports car that has defied its age. It’s a classic, but performs better than nearly any newcomer to its arena.
The 2017 BMW i8 is a stunning coupe with gull-wing doors that hides a slew of advanced technology, though the design may render its energy-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain all but irrelevant.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Premium Unleaded V-10Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3
EPA Class   
Two SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
CoupeV10 RWDCarrera CoupeCoupe
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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