The Audi R8 V10 Plus and Acura NSX might be similarly-sized mid-engined supercars but under the skin, they are quite different.
You see, whereas the Audi could be considered as more of a traditional supercar due to its high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine, the NSX has a much more complex hybrid powertrain that consists of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that operates alongside no less than three electric motors.
On paper, the Audi has the advantage over the more complex NSX, pumping out 602 hp compared to the 573 hp of the Acura. Eager to see how the two compare in a straight line, YouTube channel Track Day took them to an empty runway for a series of drag races.
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In the first race, held from a standing start, the two all-wheel drive supercars accelerated off the line exceptionally well, but it was the Audi that was able to open up a strong lead as the speeds increased. For the second, the two started off at 30 mph (48 km/h) before the two drivers stamped on the throttle pedals. Once again, it was the Audi that proved to be too much for its rival.
The third drag race, this time from a standing start, was perhaps the most interesting. Thanks to the instant torque provided by its electric motors, the NSX quickly jumped out to an early lead. So, did it manage to beat the R8?