Can The Acura NSX Hold Its Ground Against The CBR1000 RR?

Ever since it was introduced in Detroit nearly three years ago, the Honda/Acura NSX has impressed motoring enthusiasts in various tests, but how does it fare against a CBR1000 RR sports bike?

Without spoiling the following video, we’ll answer that question in a couple of words: quite well, but before seeing the result, let’s go through some of the numbers.

The Honda NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s backed up by three electric motors – two at the front, and one at the rear, producing a combined 581 horsepower that’s transferred to the ground via a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its challenger, the Honda CBR1000 RR, has a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that makes 190 horsepower, and has the weight advantage as well: 200kg (441lbs) compared to the NSX’s 1,780kg (3,924lbs).

Now, the as far the video goes, it actually shows two quarter-mile drag races, from a standing start, where the two vehicles came very close to each other, and a rolling race, from 80km/h (50mph), which had a clear winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, this would be a good time to place your bets.

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  • Six_Tymes

    the bike rider sucks at a hole shot.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Maybe the rider couldn’t optimize the power of the superbike in launch process. But I can understand: while the driver of the NSX only needed to press the accelerator pedal all the way and let the computer do the gear change, the rider had to do it manually. And changing gears on motorbike is more complicated than in automatic transmission car. Nevertheless, the Fireblade is true monster bike. I don’t think I could handle its power. But I’m quiet happy with Kawasaki Ninja, no need for more powerful bike. 🙂

    • TheHake

      Kawasaki Ninja? What? The Ninja H2R? Yup, 324hp is quite enough thanks.

  • Ford Vairogs

    Whatever some say, I love that NSX.

  • Totz

    NSX is quicker than a CBR1000RR at 5 seconds frametime

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