Comparison: 2017 Acura NSX vs 2017 Audi R8

June 7th, 2017 by

Once the underdog in the luxury segment, Acura has proven that it can hold its own against the big European names by releasing a supercar that leaves many of them in the dust.

Middletown drivers ask us how the 2017 Acura NSX stacks up to models like the 2017 Audi R8. The question should be, how can the R8 improve to meet the NSX’s standards? If you’re in the Hudson Valley region, come take the NSX for a test drive, but first, check out our one-to-one comparison:


Acura NSX

The words “supercar” and “hybrid” often conjure up two totally different vehicles, but Acura’s Sport Hybrid system has shown that a hybrid can perform and a supercar can be eco-conscious without sacrificing the integrity of either label.

The 2017 NSX is powered by a revolutionary drivetrain, starting with a deceptively simple 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine supplemented with three electric motors, mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It features an innovative Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive technology that uses the electric motors during acceleration, braking, and cornering for dynamic responsiveness and precision handling.

The specially designed system makes a combined 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque, and it’s standard on all models of the NSX. According to EPA estimates, the powertrain gets 20 MPG city and 22 MPG highway.

Audi R8
The 2017 A8 comes with two engine options, and while the most powerful has a slight edge on the NSX in terms of horsepower, its technology is not nearly as advanced, and the upgrade will end up costing you significantly more.

The base engine is a 5.2-liter V10 that makes 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the upgrade makes 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Both options are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unfortunately, the R8 may be subject to a Gas Guzzler Tax, as it gets 14 MPG city and 22 MPG highway.


Acura NSX

Traditionally, supercars nix certain features like power-adjustable seating to cut down on weight and improve performance, but the NSX is well equipped without being too feature heavy. It comes standard with dual-zone climate control, navigation system, 8-speaker premium audio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Additionally, it has Active Sound Control, and comes available with heated bucket seats, ELS Studio Audio, and styling features like custom wheels and an Ultra-Premium Andoro paint job.

Audi R8

The R8 comes with Google Earth-powered navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the Audi MMI operating system for entertainment and convenience features. It’s lacking many entertainment features – like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – but does come with an array of available styling options, such as diamond-stitched leather and 20-inch wheels.


Acura NSX
Starting at $156,000 MSRP

Audi R8
Starting at $162,900 MSRP

Posted in 2017 Models, Comparison