It’s a good time at the raceway when an Acura NSX pulls up next to a first-gen Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 for a drag race.
We’ve seen an NSX absolutely demolish a baby Huracan, the LP 580-2, but what if the NSX goes up against its big brother, the LP 610-4? Then we might see a real race.
To start, the LP 610-4 matches the NSX’s all-wheel-drive (albeit without the benefit of electric torque), and has comparable power at 602 horses from its 5.2-L V10. Power goes through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission capable of shifting faster than the blink of an eye, and weighs 250 lbs less than the NSX.
Zero to sixty is measured in 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 213 mph.
The NSX is still no slouch. Powered by a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 and no less than three electric motors (two in the front, one in the rear), the NSX has a combined horsepower of 573 along with 476 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed dual-clutch provides power to all wheels all the time, and zero to sixty is measured in just 2.9 seconds.
But the NSX weighs more at 3,800 lbs. Would that be enough to undo the advantage of on-demand torque thanks to its electric motors?
In a word: no.
Before the races, DragTimes spoke about his Huracan's Pirelli tires being a little on the worn side. You wouldn't think 2,500 miles would be enough to wear a tire down, and certainly they can still be driven under normal conditions, but for drag racing, the Pirellis had lost enough grip to seriously affect performance.
In each of the three drag races the Huracan seems to stumble slightly off the line, while the NSX shoots off like a rocket. The Huracan is able to close halfway down the track but never has enough oomph to catch the speeding Honda.
Although it does come very close on the third and final race.
Maybe if we go one final step up the Huracan ladder to the Performante version we'll finally see the NSX toppled.