• Can a Tesla Model 3 Really Beat an Acura NSX in a Drag Race?

The result took us by surprise, but we will have to live with it

The Acura NSX is one of the sexiest vehicles available today. But it is not just about the looks: the car can sprint to high speeds quite effortlessly. The NSX has fans all across the globe and it has proved its mettle a number of times over the years. But, does it have what it takes to compete with the new breed of evolved cars? Unfortunately, no.

The Acura NSX recently took to a drag strip to challenge the Tesla Model 3, but just couldn’t take it down. Is this a sad plight for the petrolheads out there, or a happy one for EV lovers? You decide.

The NSX Is Not A Big Bully Anymore

The Acura NSX went one-on-one against the Tesla Model 3 Performance. In the first attempt, the Model 3 beat the NSX quite comfortably. It felt like the owner couldn’t digest the defeat and demanded another race with the Tesla Model 3. Or perhaps he thought a little tweak in acceleration strategies could get him a win. But it wasn’t meant to be.

In the first video, you can see how the Model 3 smoked (can this term be used for EVs?!) the NSX. In the second attempt, the Tesla Model 3 Performance owner placed the camera facing forward, to perhaps record the margin his EV will lose by – or maybe, it was just to show respect to the NSX. As expected, the Model 3 Performance again sprints faster than the Acura NSX, but not for long. Post the quarter-mile mark, the NSX just revs past the Model 3 Performance and that has to do with the moral victory, if nothing else.

The Acura NSX Isn’t a Slouch

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Speaking of the Acura NSX, it comes packed with a 3.5-liter, V-6, twin-turbocharged engine that makes 500 ponies and 406 pound-feet of torque.

It is a gasoline-electric hybrid car that features two electric motors in the front and one in the rear. With all the motors running at full capacity, the Acura NSX can generate a maximum of 573 horses. Power is sent to all the wheels via a nine-speed DCT (double clutch transmission).

Thanks to the electric motors, there's minimum turbo lag and this helps the Acura NSX sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.7 seconds.

The hybrid’s top speed is rated at 191 miles per hour. It also boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 247 W/kg.

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As for the Tesla Model 3 Performance, it comes with two motors, one attached to each axle, and Tesla claims the 0-60 mph sprint takes 3.2 seconds.

However, the Tesla Model 3 Performance recently received an over-the-air update that enhanced the performance by five percent. Many owners checked this out and all of them felt the increase in their 0-60 mph sprints. The company’s earlier 3.2 seconds claim was squashed by this update as owners were able to breach the three-second barrier. For the sake of the argument, the Model 3 Performance boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 191 W/kg.

Final Thoughts

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There are many of us who don’t believe in pitting an electric car against a combustion engine. Electric vehicles have immense torque available from the go. These silent machines are giving the purists a huge ego complexion and that is why some people are still not ready to accept EVs as the future.

Even in this video, the NSX’s owner couldn’t fathom the fact that he was beaten by an electric car that costs almost one-third the price of the Japanese beauty. That is perhaps why he asked for another race. With automakers breaking new records with every new performance EV they produce, it’ll be interesting to see how combustion engine aficionados start accepting this. What are your thoughts on this video? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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