10+3 Alternatives To Acura’s 2017 NSX At $160k [w/Poll]

After Acura put a price tag on its upcoming 2017 NSX, some of you may be contemplating about taking out a second mortgage to buy the hybrid supercar, while others, what else they can get for $160k.

There’s nothing we can do if you belong to the first group, but if you’re curious to see what alternatives are out there – seriously or just for fun and a conversation topic, we can lay down your options.

But before we do, let’s take a brief look at what Acura is offering and for how much. The second generation of the NSX is a very different beast from its predecessor, but that’s to be expected from two models separated by more than two decades of advancements in the automotive field.

Acura’s reimagined NSX packs a hand-built, twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 placed behind the passenger compartment aided by two electric motors for the front wheels, and a third electric motor positioned between the gasoline mill and the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Headline figures for the North American-specification model include a combined output of 573 horsepower, 476 lb-ft (645Nm) of maximum torque, a 3,803-pound curb weight (1,725kg), a 0-60 mph (96km/h) sprint in just over 3 seconds and a top speed of 191mph (307km/h).

In the US, it goes on sale next spring (pre-orders start in February), priced from $156,000 for the entry-level version, all the way up to $205,700 with all option boxes ticked.

At that price point, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice, so what would you get?

Poll:What would you buy at $160,000?


Acura NSX

Starts at $156,600

573hp from a turbo 3.5L V6 and three electric motors

0-60mph in around 3.0 seconds

Top Speed 191mph (307km/h)

Audi R8 V10

Estimated to start under $160,000

533hp (540PS) from a 5.2L V10

0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.5 seconds

Top Speed 201mph (323km/h)

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Starts at $125,290 MSRP

420hp (426PS) 4.7L V8

0-60mph in 4.8 seconds

Top Speed 190mph (305km/h)

BMW i8

Starts At: $140,700 MSRP

357hp from a 1.5L Turbo 3 and 2 electric motors

0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds

Top Speed 155mph (250km/h) limited

Jaguar F-type R

Starts at: $103,600 MSRP

550hp 5.0L Supercharged V8

0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds

Top Speed 186mph (300mph)

Maserati GranTurismo MC

Starts at $150,570 MSRP

454hp from a 4.7L V8

0-60mph in 4.7 seconds

Top Speed 185mph (298km/h)

McLaren 570S

Starts at $184,900 MSRP (McLaren also has the cheaper 540C, but it’s not offered in the US)

562hp (570PS) from a 3.8L Turbo V8

0-60mph in 3.1 seconds

Top Speed 204mph (328km/h)

Mercedes-AMG GT S

Starts at $129,900 MSRP

503hp from a 4.0L Turbo V8

0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds

Top Speed 193mph (310km/h)


Starts at $149,990 MSRP

600hp from a 3.8L Turbo V6

0-62mph (100km/h) in 2.7 seconds

Top Speed 196mph (315km/h)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Starts at $159,200 MSRP

533hp (540PS) from a 3.8L Turbo Flat Six

0-60mph in 2.9 seconds

Top Speed 205mph (330km/h)

Alternatively you can purchase…

2 Corvette Z06s

Coupe starts $79,400 MSRP, Convertible from $83,400

650hp from a supercharged 6.2L V8

0-60mph in 2.95 seconds

Top Speed N/A

13 Nissan Versa Sedans

For the price of an NSX, Nissan will sell you at least 13 Versa Sedans ($11,990 MSRP) 109hp from a 1.6L four-pot – don’t laugh, that’s 1,417 horses total

mph in 9.5 seconds

Top Speed 114mph (183km/h)

2005 Acura NSX with Only 1,388 Miles

If you prefer the original NSX, there’s a pristine example with only 1,388 miles over at ebay listed for $127,000

290hp (294PS) from a 3.2L V6

0-60mph in 9.5 seconds

Top Speed 114mph (183km/h)

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