Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Acura NSX VS 2017 Audi R8 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Acura NSX

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2017 Audi R8

Safety Comparison

The NSX has standard AcuraLink, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The R8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the NSX and the R8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the NSX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the R8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the R8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The R8’s redline is at 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The NSX has a 7500 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

The NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid produces 33 more horsepower (573 vs. 540) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (476 vs. 398) than the R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10. The NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid produces 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (476 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Acura NSX was clocked 5.9 seconds faster than the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe (170.2 sec. vs. 176.1 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the NSX SMG gets better fuel mileage than the R8 (21 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the NSX’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The R8 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the NSX’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The R8 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The NSX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The R8 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The NSX stops much shorter than the R8:





70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

153 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

102 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the NSX has larger tires than the R8 (F:245/35R19 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:235/35R19 & R:295/35R19).

The NSX’s 305/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the R8’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the NSX has standard 20-inch rear wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the R8.

The NSX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The R8 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the NSX is quieter than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe:




At idle

32 dB

48 dB


85 dB

91 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The NSX’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the R8’s standard power windows.

The NSX’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The R8 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its October 2016 issue and they ranked the Acura NSX five places higher than the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe.

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