A Honda NSX takes on a BMW M5 Competition and a Mercedes-AMG E63 S in a battle between luxury sedans and a hybrid supercar.
To be honest, the NSX is probably the least super of the current crop of supercars. Well, except for the entry-level Huracan and the RWD-only Audi R8--those are pretty lacking in the power department too. But the NSX has been handed defeat after defeat from some pretty unlikely sources lately, and a pair of powerful luxury sedans might be the last straw.
Here we have Top Gear’s host Rory Reid behind the wheel of the NSX as it takes on a BMW M5 Competition and an AMG E63 S. Both these German powerhouses come with a twin-turbo V8 engine with over 600 horsepower, both have zero to sixty times that are measured in the low 3-second range, and both come with AWD.
And what does the NSX have? It also has a twin-turbo engine, although it’s a V6 and comes mated to three electric motors to give it a sort of electric all-wheel-drive. It can also operate for roughly 20 miles on battery-only mode, making it perhaps the most economical supercar you can buy.
Flat-out, the NSX will do zero to sixty in just 3.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191 mph.
But how does the NSX do in a real race against two big luxury cars? It may be the least powerful with just 576 horses to its name, but it also is the lightest at just 3,800 lbs (compared to the M5 at 4,090 lbs and the Mercedes at 4,500 lbs).
Rory has some bold words at the start of the race, but those are quickly left behind after the flag falls. The BMW takes the early lead, but then the rest of the pack catches up and stays in lockstep. It’s neck and neck for quite a ways before the Mercedes and BMW start to leave the NSX behind, and by the time the finish line arrives, it’s a car length between the M5, the E63, and the NSX in last.
Although the M5 advertises a zero to sixty time of 3.3 seconds, Top Gear’s testing reveals a 0-60 time of just 3.0 seconds. That’s one fast 4-door, and something to consider when looking at $100,000 supercars.