Even though the Acura NSX GT3 Evo is forced to comply with racing standards, their latest video does a pretty good job of convincing us it’s better than the regular, road-going NSX.
The Acura NSX might not be the most popular supercar among the world’s richest individuals, but it is experiencing some success in GT racing. Currently, the NSX GT3 Evo is number one in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings thanks to the steady and experienced and of driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing.
So rather than spend more time and resources advertising their road-going model, Acura has decided to stick with its success and try to convince you to buy its GT3 racer. And they do a pretty good job of it in their latest video where Hindman showcases the differences between the race and road-going cars.
The regular NSX and NSX GT3 Evo share 80% of their components, but there are some key differences. Both have the same 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 mounted in the rear, but the NSX combines it with three electric motors and a heavy battery, while the GT3 Evo throws all that stuff away and just sticks with the V6. However, the GT3 tunes that V6 to produce more power than it would on its own.
It’s still a little less powerful than the NSX, only making 550 horses and 475 lb-ft of torque to comply with GT regulations (instead of the NSX’s combined 573 hp and 476 lb-ft), but getting rid of the hybrid powertrain makes the GT3 Evo significantly lighter.
Combined with a stripped out interior and a carbon fiber body, the GT3 Evo weighs 1,000 lbs less than the road-going NSX.
There are some other differences too. The GT3 Evo is rear-wheel-drive only instead of the AWD setup of the normal NSX. The Evo has a 6-speed sequential gearbox instead of a 9-speed DCT. The Evo has bigger front brake rotors--390mm instead of 368mm--compared to the NSX, and also has smaller aluminum wheels (18" compared to 19" front, 20" rear rims).
It’s also more than three times as expensive as the NSX, clocking in at $525,000.
But as Hindman shows in his track test, the GT3 Evo is by far the faster car in a conventional race. Check out the video above to see how the NSX and the NSX GT3 Evo stack up.