Can The Futuristic Acura NSX Beat The Old-School Audi R8?

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Can modern hybrid supercar technology be a match for the traditional naturally-aspirated engine?

The Acura NSX is one of the most technologically advanced supercars available right now. It’s the very essence of modern 21st century engineering, combining a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with three electric motors to deliver 574 horsepower. However, purists will argue that all this technology dilutes the driving experience and crave something more old-school: enter the Audi R8 V10 Plus, one of the only remaining naturally-aspirated supercars on sale today. But which is better? To find out, Carfection pitted them head-to-head.

There’s no escaping the rise of electric technology in supercars, but the rapid acceleration of the NSX and its sublime sound suggests that there hasn’t been any compromise to the core driving experience to cause concern. If this represents the future of the supercar, we need not worry, it seems.

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The long-delayed NSX was well worth the wait, and is by far the best example of a contemporary hybrid supercar we've seen so far - certainly, it leaves its closest competitor, the more expensive BMW i8, for dust in terms of both performance and handling. And yet you still can’t beat the sound and feel of a naturally-aspirated engine, which leaves Carfection rather conflicted when trying to decide which car to take home. The NSX has a more striking shape and is loaded with technology, but it still can’t match the power of the 610 hp Audi R8 V10 Plus. Which do you prefer?

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