Acura NSX Gets Schooled By Mercedes-AMG E63 S, BMW M5 Competition

Can an executive saloon be quicker than a supercar? It depends on a number of factors, but the fact that we can genuinely ask that question proves just how much technology has evolved.

On one side, you have two of the finest performance saloons from Europe, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and BMW M5 Competition, and on the other, the Honda (Acura in North America) NSX, in a drag race conducted by TopGear’s Rory Reid. The show’s former co-host jumped behind the wheel of the Japanese hybrid supercar, confident that the vehicle will cross the finish line first.

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But alas, the NSX didn’t win, and in fact, it was beaten by both the E63 S and M5 Competition. It could have went either way, though, as all three rides have almost identical official manufacturer 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration times: 3.3 seconds in the NSX and M5 and 3.4 seconds in the E63.

Screenshots via TG/Youtube

The Honda is the lightest of the pack, weighing 1,725 kg (3,803 lbs), whereas the Bimmer weighs 140 kg (309 lbs) more. At 1,880 kg (4,145 lbs), the AMG is the heaviest of the bunch.

Now, as far as sheer power goes, the balance tilts in favor of the M5. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 616 hp (625 PS / 460 kW), while the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 of the E63 S delivers 603 hp (612 PS / 450 kW). The NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 works together with three electric motors to push out 573 hp (581 PS / 427 kW).

Now, we know that the supercar came in third, but which one was the big winner in this unofficial drag race? That’s for you to find out by watching the video.


  • Bo Hanan


    • Andrewthecarguy

      The way that Merc lifted it’s nose tho!

      • Bo Hanan

        Yes sir. “Launch control to the moon.”

  • Netsphere

    ill still take the nsx

  • no25

    First of all, that’s a Honda NSX. Second of all, no surprise – It’s a Honda.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Slowest recorded 1/4 mile time I’ve ever seen for NSX (most are around 10.9-11.1). That said the BMW/Merc are crazy fast in a straight line and it’s due to the insane torque they pump out.

    • D-splash

      10.9 seems to be the most common 1/4 time for the NSX. Strange how Top Gear only managed an 11.4. Something seems off.

  • GobbleUp

    NSX was a complete bust.

    Outdated look, midpack performance, and ridiculous price.

    Dealers are stacked with cars they cant sell.

    • Bo Hanan

      -but we knew that was coming…

  • ErnieB

    Although I hate honda, I’d still take the NSX.. Even though it was a massive let down, it still looks pretty neat in person… oh wait.. it’s how much? Lmao!!! Never mind …

    • brn

      Agreed. If the prices were the same (and I was willing to spend that much on a car), I’d take the NSX in a heartbeat. It’s a much more interesting car than the others. Just too expensive. I guess the same could be said for the Ford GT.

  • nastinupe

    I hope Honda understands why nobody bought the NSX. The exaggerated price, midlevel performance, average looks. The NSX should have been a $93,000 car. Then it would have been a bargain compared to the Porsche 911, R8 and Corvette ZR1

  • alexxx

    Why would you make supercar with 500 horses is beyond me’s almost hot hatch territory…no wonder 4 door sedans beat it..

    • nastinupe

      Yeah, now every Top of the line Sedan over $90,000 has at least 500 hp. Why does it cost $150,000 for the NSX to have the same?

      • Ride Rossi

        Simple – it’s not just about speed – and neither was the original NSX.
        It’s about the all around package – handling, braking, and feel etc.

        I agree it’s overpriced – but then again so are many, many things.

        I drove the original NSX over the years and it really was a special car….

  • Lemuel Taylor

    Bad start for the NSX. It has been blasting acceleration runs all over the place. Something isn’t right here. Just as Honda begins its journey to respectability in F1 a Euro magazine finds something about Honda to take a piss on…

    I love the M5 but this drag race is a bit queer. The NSX though is a bit overpriced.

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