The Honda NSX Takes On A Boosted Nissan GT-R In Drag Race Action

The Acura NSX is a delightfully fast hybrid, but can it take down a Nissan GT-R with over 600 hp?


This is what happens when you stack up an Acura NSX against a tuned Nissan GT-R.

We’ve seen this GT-R before! It’s from Litchfield Motors, the British tuning house that really enjoys their Nissans. This model has been lovingly nicknamed “Godzilla” and is doing the rounds with all the major online publications, it seems, as last time we saw it take on a boosted Porsche 911 Turbo S and a stock BMW M5 Competition in a quarter-mile shootout.

What started life as a regular GT-R with 565 hp from its 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 engine has turned into a terror after Litchfield got their oily mittens on it. Power is now rated at 631 horses at the crank, which propels the car from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds.

That’s a lot faster than the Honda NSX, which takes 2.9 seconds to reach 60 mph (although Top Gear rates it at a much slower 3.3 seconds). The NSX’s 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 does benefit from an electric motor’s assistance for additional low-end torque, combining for a total of 573 horsepower, but there’s no denying that the NSX is the sure underdog in this race.

Surprisingly, the hybrid NSX is still slightly lighter than the GT-R at 3,800 lbs compared to 3,960 lbs, but will 160 lbs be enough to get the NSX across the finish line first? Both cars have all-wheel-drive, fast-shifting dual-clutch transmissions, and the racing heritage of both Honda and Nissan behind them.

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Previously, we’ve seen both NSXs and the GT-R run quarter-mile races in the high 10-second range, so this is truly anybody’s race.

Both cars get a good start, although the NSX seems to get a slightly better one. And then the GT-R just walks away. It’s not even a contest.

We suspect the Nissan is hiding some horses from our presenters given that performance. That, or the tuners have dialed in the launch since its last race on Carwow. Either way, kudos to Litchfield for making a great GT-R, and maybe someone needs to show this NSX some love?

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