Acura NSX A True BMW i8 Competitor?

FEB 1 2015 BY STAFF 9

At the moment the BMW i8 is in a class of its own. The closest things it has to rivals would be the hybrid supercar trio of the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918. However, the cheapest car of that trio is the 918 and it’s pushing seven figures.

The i8 cost no more than a competitive Porsche 911 but couldn’t be more different in style of philosophy. So will the i8 sit comfortably forever in a class by itself? Only until the Acura NSX is released.

Based on a similar philosophy; mid-engined, gas-powered engine with the aid of electric motors and all-wheel drive, the NSX should be the only true competitor to the BMW i8.

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Acura NSX

While the overall style of the cars are quite similar, the details differ quite a bit. Whereas the i8 uses a turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, the NSX will use a twin-turbo, 3.5 liter V6. Both use electric motors to make the cars AWD, using a combination of one electric motor to aid the gas engine and more motors to power the front wheels. However, the i8 only uses one electric motor up front for both wheels, whereas the NSX uses one for each wheel. The i8 uses a standard 6-Speed automatic but the NSX uses an 8-Speed, dual-clutch auto. Both cars are ultra lightweight utilizing carbon fiber and aluminum extensively.

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Acura NSX

The NSX means business, as the benchmark for it during development was mainly the Ferrari 458 Italia — which is considered by many to be the greatest mid-engine sports car of all time. So, the bar is pretty high over at Acura. The first gen NSX shocked the world and sent Ferrari scrambling back to the drawing board, so imagine what this one will be like considering Acura is set to make this new NSX better in every way. They even want to beat the 458’s pound-per-horsepower ratio of 6 lbs/hp.

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BMW i8

Now, I love the BMW i8. I think it’s the most important, innovative and advanced car to debut in a very long time. I also think it’s the greatest concept car of all time because the final products looks almost identical to the jaw-dropping concept. However, I fear for it when the new NSX is released because it will be vicious. Any car that takes aim at the 458 means serious business and knowing how well Honda did the first time around, I don’t see this new car being any different.

This is a competition all gearheads are waiting for — Two hybrid supercars, from very different yet very prestigious automakers, dialing it out for top trumps. Get excited people because this is going to be fun.

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9 Comments on "Acura NSX A True BMW i8 Competitor?"

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Any word on what the price range will be for the NSX?

$155,000.

Just FYI: The BMW i8 is a plug-in. The NSX is not.

It’s about 150 thousand dollars a true super car

the race his on to see what compete, and who life been in remastered there project. The BMW I8 his truly a master to look at so is the ford.but the nxs make the change in light fast speed look out

BMW has nothing to worry about. Most Acura dealers also sell Hondas. When you bring your $150,000 sports car in for service. Do you really want to sit in the waiting room next to the family that just brought in their minivan? Or enjoy your Used Accord loaner vehicle.

The Acura will not threaten the i8 mainly because the brand does not have the high image associated with bmw.

Second, it does not look as WOW as the BMW. Let’s be honest, most of the people buying the i8 are buyong it for the image and the looks.

This car is taking so long to arrive that it will be outdated by the time it goes on sale. Heck, the race is already over now that the Tesla P85D is out. With the NSX not even being a plug in, OMG, it’s game over.

And, don’t get me started in the price tag. 150k for an Acura? I don’t think so, for so many reasons. Lastly, Honda stealerships will be very quick to put a 20-50k markup on this car just because they can. You will never get this car for 150, unless you own the stealership.

This markup also happened on the Nissan GTR, which MSRP’s for 70k, but you cannot get it for under 120k due to the abusive dealer markups. Same thing for the corvette markups.

Tesla you win, game over ICE idiots.

Tesla doesn’t “win” in a space where they have no car.

The NSX having “No plug” is a big disappointment, but not a total loss. F1 employs up to 2kwh, I believe, and Honda’s focus will be on maximizing regen, and then dumping the watts back out. Drive train will advance under 8-figure racing R&D. The benefits will be a ready engineered bed, waiting for some storage. It won’t happen as fast as we’d like, but the table is being set.

I don’t get the NSX fanfare. The original was panned as being twitchy, and having “arcade”-like steering (C&D). It didn’t meet the build up, when it finally arrived, even if Senna touched it.

I don’t understand why the author even thinks this is an i8 rival. With the big V6 engine and no plug-in capability, it’ll be nowhere near as efficient as the i8 is. Having supercar performance with economy car consumption is what makes the i8 stand out in my mind, even more so than the styling.