Poll: Acura NSX or Ford GT?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Turnman Turnman on Feb 12, 2017

    These arent 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 purposewhich is not all out performance, like a true supercar. Just because the NSX is over $150k with mid-engine doesnt make it a supercar.

  • Morgan Talley Morgan Talley on Feb 21, 2017

    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!