Poll: Acura NSX or Ford GT?

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Poll: Acura NSX or Ford GT?

Arguably, Italy is the country best known for building ultra-exotic automobiles.

Lustily styled, MEGA-performance models from Ferrari and Lamborghini pretty much define the rarified segment they dominate.

But dwellers of that boot-shaped country dangling into the Mediterranean aren’t the only ones that know how to create supercars. Japan and America can make ‘em, too!

And the most exciting exotic to come out of Asia since Nissan’s GT-R is unquestionably the Acura NSX. With aggressive styling, a hybrid drivetrain and tenacious all-wheel-drive traction this low-slung coupe is a worthwhile entry in the segment.

The heart of this car’s drivetrain is a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that’s matched to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Acura’s clever engineers also snuck three separate electric motors into the mix, two of which power the front wheels.

All told, the NSX is graced with 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. Terminal velocity is estimated at a blistering 191 miles an hour.

Countering this Japanese threat is Ford’s brand-new GT, the latest incarnation of a legendary nameplate that dominated Le Mans in the 1960s.

For the 21st century, this mean machine is constructed largely of carbon fiber composites and aluminum, things that keep mass to a minimum. Curb weight checks in at a respectable though not best-in-class 3,054 pounds.

Like the Acura, this Ford’s powertrain is mounted amidships, though it only spins the rear wheels meaning the GT may have more trouble finding traction than its Asian counterpart. A seven-ratio dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission available.

As for output, this vehicle does not disappoint. Its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers an SAE-certified 647 horsepower with 550 lb-ft of peak torque.

So, that’s a quick look at both of these supercars, but which one would YOU rather own, the NSX or GT? We’ve had the luxury of driving the Acura and it’s pretty amazing; we suspect – but can’t say for sure – that the Ford will also impress. For more information compare these two cars right here, and don’t forget to vote in our poll!

  • smartacusⓊ

    GT

  • Nate Rector

    asian cars suck

  • Rv

    nsx

  • David

    Asian cars dominated the world market, Toyota alone sold 10 million cars annually, that’s not included Nissan 5,1 million annual sales, and Honda 4,6 million annual sales, talking about reliability Japanese cars are grand theft auto’s favorite target, because they are unbreakable and easy to sell at the black market.
    That’s not included the Hyundai-KIA group that sold 7,9 million cars annually, are they much cheaper than their European counterparts?
    Not really,but why tens of millions of people still want to buy them annually, because it’s reliable and handsomely designed packed with the latest technology.

  • marc

    Acura NSX ,once you drive one you will understand.

  • John Banister

    All wheel drive, always. Ford could build that. Supercars don’t need good mileage. They could have an EcoBoost V8 with a starter-generator and a couple supercapacitors to drive motors in the front.

  • chris

    The NSX was developed in Ohio.

  • Turnman

    These aren’t even comparable. The NSX isn’t in the same performance envelope as the GT. Sure the NSX has different technologies from the GT, which means it may appeal to a different group. Price and performance=GT. If you prefer an Asian brand=NSX. No issue with the NSX, it just has a different purpose…which is not all out performance, like a true supercar. Just because the NSX is over $150k with mid-engine doesn’t make it a supercar.

  • Morgan Talley

    I have dreamed of owning an nsx since 91, so for pure nostalgia, I’d buy the nsx hands down (plus the new one is damn sexy). However, the GT speaks to me as an enthusiast. I know it’s suppose to be one or the other… I would buy both!

  • George Vukusic

    I have on order, anxious to drive one. From your response, I assume you have, please tell us more….