Turns Out It’s Impossible To Dyno The Acura NSX Because Of Electric Torque

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At least we get to see how it stacks up agains the Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R.

Some cars, like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, hit the roads and have no trouble being digested by enthusiasts simply because their snap, crackle, and pop exhausts and eye-pleasing proportions make for a tasty batch of Kool Aid that can be guzzled as quickly as a Giulia runs through a tank of premium fuel. On the other hand, the Acura NSX isn’t such a car. While it boasts seriously impressive figures, enthusiasts don’t know what to make of it.

The main reason for the confusion is the fact that the NSX bears the name of Honda’s highly respected ancestor, but mars everything the NSX family previously stood for with a bloated price and complicated hybrid all-wheel drive trickery. Still, 2017 is not the late 1990s, so it’s best to stop judging this Honda-badged book before delving into what makes it tick.

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To do just that, Drivetribe has managed to get ahold of two traditional track competitors, a Porsche 911 Turbo and a Nissan GT-R. Upon weighing the cars, we learn that the GT-R is a bit heavier than what Nissan initially claims while Honda is nearly spot on. The interesting part, however, is when the team attempts to dyno the NSX only to find that its instant electric torque makes it nearly impossible to get a concise read on thanks to wheel spin under hard and heavy acceleration. It's nuances like these that make the NSX and a Tesla Model S tough to get a horsepower reading on. At least part two of this series should reveal which of the cars is faster in a straight line.

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