Can the king of 90s performance hold its own against the new Civic Type R?

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


2017 - 2020 Honda Civic Type R High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

1991 - 2005 Acura NSX
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Read our full review on the 1991 – 2005 Acura NSX.

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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