Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
Can the king of 90s performance hold its own against the new Civic Type R?by Robert Moore, on
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
Honda Civic Type R vs 1991-2005 Acura NSX Specificatiosn
|Honda Civic Type R||2005 Acura NSX|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder||3.0-liter, DOHC VTEC V-6|
|Horsepower||306 HP @ 6,500 RPM||290 HP @ 7,100 RPM|
|Torque||295 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM||224 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual||6-speed manual|
|Weight||3,117 Lbs||3,153 LBs|
|Fuel economy city/highway/combined||22 / 28 / 25||17 / 24|
|0 to 60 mph||5.7 seconds||5.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||169 mph||167.8 mph|
Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R.
Read our full review on the 1991 – 2005 Acura NSX.