Gearhead’s Poll. Acura NSX versus Nissan GTR. You Decide.
When it comes to tuners, it seems like nothing can beat a Japanese car. From the late 80’s all the way up until today, JDM has always been the way to go. Nowadays you find that most of the tuning generation has either grown up, and gotten themselves bigger, and more powerful toys, or have figured out a way to live their teenage fantasies through the lives of the next guy who they know. Either way, once you get into tuning a car, it’s usually pretty hard to stop all together. But we’re not here to talk about the people of the tuning culture, we’re here to mull over some questions that have been floating around for quite a few years, and they beg to be talked about. Today’s subject matter is about versus, or in other words, which car do you think is better? Well, I know it sounds a little confusing, but as we move along, you’ll begin to better understand where I’m going with this.
OK, now let’s start with a typical subject. Old School Tuners from the 90’s. I would start in the 80’s, but c’mon most of us were to young to drive, and all we could dream of were unattainable Countaches, or shiny Black 911’s that hung on our bedroom walls. In the 90’s we got our licenses, and were happier than pigs in slop, because for you see, we could now get our grubby little mits on that ever so beautiful, slightly abused, 1992 Red Honda Civic EX hatchback we were dying to get into. You know what I’m talkin’ about, real 90’s tuners. So, with that in mind, we look at a classic 90’s tuner, the Acura NSX. Honda’s attempt at battling some of the more higher end cars on the road of the time. With it’s long low to the ground stance, and high performing mid engine power plant, the NSX remained a dream for most people. Especially with a close to $90,000 price tag, this car was a toy geared more for the rich, and famous.
So now let’s fast forward to 2013, and find a JDM developed car that’s on the road today that we can compare it to. In all reality, there aren’t that many to choose from. Toyota did away with the LFA, and it cost way too much money, and Honda can’t be used for two reasons. One, they made the NSX, and two, all of their cars are FWD. So that leaves Nissan, and their mighty beast the GTR. Now this is a true to form Old School versus New School stand off here. You have savvy, and down right sexy good looks, versus technology that no one else can even come close to emulating. So who would win? Or even better, what are some of the questions that need to be asked?
Well, to start we know that the last NSX was made over ten years ago, so it takes a Hell of a lot of work, and fine tuning to make it go really fast by today’s standards. We also know that the GTR is like the most tuned car in the world right now, and it’s pretty bad ass in it’s stock form. We can point out how the GTR has a very similar price point of $95,000 dollars which is very close to the NSX’s original off the showroom floor, asking price. Oddly enough they both employ V6 engines to help their varying sized bodies move from A to B.
Although the NSX’s 270Hp V6 is naturally aspirated, while the GTR’s V6 sports a beefy turbo setup, giving it over 560hp. That’s pretty much double the NSX. Not to mention, the GTR is a very much over zealous AWD beast when it comes to spirited driving. Most of the NSX’s tuning, and racing prowess has been honed in Japan where pretty much ALL of the official high performance parts, aftermarket or OEM/JDM Spec are made. The NSX has a great history of besting high end exotics such as a Viper GTS-R, a Ferrari F355 Spyder, a Porsche 911 Carrera 4, and a Corvette C5 Coupe just to drop some names. But then the GTR, has gone toe to toe with the likes of the Porsche 911 GTS, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, and even gave some walking papers to a Corvette C6.
So, as you can plainly see, these two Automotive Icons have a lot in common, but which one is the better car? Which one looks better? Which one performs better? Which one will last longer? Every single one of those questions can make a subtle conversation turn into an all out tuner battle of wits. It’s really hard to say folks. Me personally I’m a GTR fan, mainly because it’s worldly famous father the
R34 GT-R, and how well it performs in most conditions. Now that was a car to be reckoned with. But as far as this battle goes, I implore you to vote in, comment, talk about it, share, argue, get hyped, and then do it all over again. This is a subject that only real tuners, and real car nuts can discuss, so have it. Let’s get it on.