Buy The Acura NSX in 2015 or Wait For The Ford GT?
Now that the downright tsunami waves spawned by the 2015 Detroit Auto Show have somewhat settled, a rather important first world problem has emerged. With both Acura and Ford competing for the spotlight using a V-6-powered supercar that is in essence a rebirth of an icon from each carmaker, only one of them can be crowned as the winner at some point in time. I say this because even though the Acura NSX and the Ford GT were unveiled at the same time, almost a year will separate them from the time each one enters production, not to mention the fact that the GT was just a concept car and not the road-going variant.
With that being said, despite not sharing the exact same sphere of aficionados, the two upcoming supercars will most definitely get cross-shopped at some point in their lives, and that will happen for a number of reasons other than the whole "I have a V-6, you have a V-6" thing going on at first glance. While pricing hasn’t been yet revealed for either the NSX or the GT, a $125,000 to $150,000 starting MSRP common on both isn’t out of the question.
Despite offering "just" 550+ horsepower, the 2016 Acura NSX may be at least as fast as the 600+ horsepower Ford GT, mainly thanks to the fact that its twin-turbocharged V-6 will also be augmented by no less than three electric motors (read: plenty more torque) and its traction off the line should be superior thanks to all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Ford GT will be all about old-school brawn, a twice-as-long family lineage and quite a bit higher motorsport credentials, as it will also be doubled by a Le Mans racing car. Buying the NSX or waiting for the GT is actually a much harder decision than I initially imagined, as both supercars seem to have an equal number of strengths. Thankfully - or not, actually - I don’t have the money for either one so it is only a hypothetical decision. Would you jump at the NSX or would you wait for the GT?
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Why it matters
The first to arrive on the market at the end of 2015, the new Acura NSX is a rather abrupt departure from the first generation of the model, with the only common motif being the number of cylinders sported by its engine and its midship positioning. Using a twin-turbocharged V-6 that is paired with two electric motors powering the front wheels and another one augmenting the rear axle, the supercar should catapult its passengers from naught to 62 mph in around three seconds, mainly thanks to its likely gigantic torque figures, all-wheel drive system, and launch control function of its nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. It will likely be bought mainly by nerdy and young self-made millionaires from California.
Likely to be the more uncivil in terms of power delivery and performance, the 2017 Ford GT is also an abrupt departure from both the first generation GT and the original GT40. One of the reasons is the deletion of two cylinders from its powerplant while the other is its rather Italianized exterior design, which only vaguely brings back some memories from the Le Mans racer. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 with an EcoBoost badge of honor, the 600+ horsepower GT should have a more than convincing mid-three second sprint from 0 to 62 mph, but probably a higher top speed than the Acura NSX. Accompanied by an LMGTE-spec racing car that should bring Ford back at Le Mans 24 Hours, the new GT will feature a bit more pedigree but less technology than its rival.