The Acura NSX and the C8 Corvette Stingray are two very different mid-engined performance cars and even though they are not direct competitors, YouTuber Speed Phenom recently had the opportunity to drive them back-to-back to see how they compare.
It has been a few years since the new-generation Acura NSX hit the market. While it hasn’t sold particularly well, it is still very impressive and packs one of the most complex hybrid powertrains of any current road car.
This powertrain includes a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that operates alongside two electric motors at the front axle and one at the rear. It also features a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. All up, the NSX is good for 573 hp and 476 lb-ft (645 Nm) of torque and can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3 seconds.
While driving the Japanese supercar Speed Phenom is understandably impressed, commenting on how different it feels to his C8 Corvette. The differences are particularly evident when you put your foot to the floor, as the instant torque provided by the electric motors help propel the NSX out of corners with incredible pace.
In the latter half of the video, the owner of the NSX jumps behind the wheel of the Corvette. He too seems impressed and appears particularly fond of the car’s excellent suspension that allows it to corner flat while also remaining comfortable over bumps.