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Old 10-10-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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NSX versus GT-R

I know the GT-R has launch control, but I'm still surprised it beats the NSX off the line

2017 Acura NSX vs. 2017 Nissan GT-R Head 2 Head Comparison - Motor Trend
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Why are you surprised? That's exactly what launch control is for.

You buy the GTR if you want to bitch slap most other cars.

You buy the NSX if you want to look good.
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:52 PM   #3
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the NSX has electric motors which help it off the line - guess they aren't big enough. However, they do make a difference since it is only a slight advantage for the GT-R from 0 to 30
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The video is on demand. By any chance someone can post one?

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You can read the comparo here to:
2017 Acura NSX vs. 2017 Nissan GT-R Head 2 Head Comparison - Motor Trend

If you look at the accleration stats, by 90mph, they are the same (i.e. both takes 5.9s to reach 90mph). Also look at the 1/4 mile trap speed, they are pretty much identical, with the NSX having a very small advantage.

My interpretation from the above is that Honda didn't set the launch control of the NSX to be very aggressive. From the videos I've seen, with launch control, the launch rpm is just a bit over 2000rpm. It doesn't launch extremely hard like some other cars with launch control system. Out on the road, these two cars would pretty much be the same acceleration wise.

Over the years, the GT-R's 0-60mph has varied from 2.7s to 3.5s. I wouldn't rule out the same thing happening to the NSX too as Honda makes updates to the NSX.
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I'm pretty sure Acura set the launch control for clutch preservation (relatively speaking).

Further, this is just the first year of the new NSX. I'm sure Hondacura will update when needed. Unlike with their everyday cars, which as we all know are only updated at model year 3 or 4, the higher-profile NSX ought to be tweaked more often to safely maximize performance....you would think. We'll see.
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The NSX has a lot of headroom for gains.
- The turbo boost is so low especially for a purpose built engine at just 15 psi.
- No VTEC implementation, can it be added with relatively ease?
- The electric motor and battery technologies are advancing rapidly. Just look at how Tesla went from P85D to P90D, and how its 0-60mph time shortens from 3.3s to 2.8s. And now, there's the P100D that is even faster.
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I think there was reasoning behind the no VTEC route... It really isn't necessary for a boosted vehicle. I think in this case it would make the car difficult to control once it engages. Boost + VTEC likely means the power curve jumps at ~4800rpm.
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I can certainly see what you mean - BMW also discarded the valvetronic system in the N54 since the torque curve can be made to be very flat with the turbochargers. For Honda, the 1.5T in the Civic also doesn't have VTEC.

On the other hand, Honda uses VTEC in the Civic Type R's 2.0T engine. It's used on the exhaust side to reduce turbo lag (high lift for increasing exhaust gas pressure to spin the turbine more quickly). I guess at such low boost along with the electric motors, the motors can easily hide the turbo lag.

But if Honda decides to turn up the boost for more power, perhaps adding back VTEC to reduce turbo lag may be necessary.
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I can certainly see what you mean - BMW also discarded the valvetronic system in the N54 since the torque curve can be made to be very flat with the turbochargers. For Honda, the 1.5T in the Civic also doesn't have VTEC.

On the other hand, Honda uses VTEC in the Civic Type R's 2.0T engine. It's used on the exhaust side to reduce turbo lag (high lift for increasing exhaust gas pressure to spin the turbine more quickly). I guess at such low boost along with the electric motors, the motors can easily hide the turbo lag.

But if Honda decides to turn up the boost for more power, perhaps adding back VTEC to reduce turbo lag may be necessary.
vtec is mechanical.
if the engine isnt built with vtec in mind, it isnt happening.
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I don't think it's a huge change to make an engine have vtec. The system is rather simple and is all within the head itself.

Add a high lift lobe to the cams, different rocker arms that can act on the high lift lobe when vtec engages, the vtec solenoid, plus a few other minor things. I'd say at least 80% of the engine can remain unchanged.

I imagine it wouldn't be cheap, simply due to how little of them would be manufactured, but it is plausible. The bottom end is already capable of handling high rpm, as is the head (valve springs, etc).
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Not sure if the engine was built with VTEC in mind....may be, may be not. Right now, it doesn't have VTEC, but it doesn't VTEC can't be implemented if the engine was designed to be compatible with VTEC.

For instance, some B series engines have VTEC, and some don't.

But ya, it might not come cheap. However, the NSX project wasn't cheap to begin with anyway. I think in the end of the day, it depends on whether the benefits are worth the extra cost involved. Perhaps the electric motors can be upgraded enough to mask higher boost pressure, and so VTEC wouldn't be needed.

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And I thought the VTEC (and all of its modern variants) were a compromise between lower RPM efficiency and higher RPM power. So with a purely high-performance platform like the NSX...it wouldn't really need VTEC per se? (Though the original NSX did have VTEC I think...)
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No. That's not correct.

Let's for argument's sake say VTEC kicks in at 5000rpm.

From 0rpm to 5000rpm, the engine behaves like any other engine would behave. The engine operates it's normal cam lobes (low lift) for normal driving. With only having one type of lobe, an engine can do one of two things: good power down low, but die higher in the rpm range, or, poor power down low and good power up high.

What VTEC does is when the power level is about to start petering out due to the low lift cam lobe being maxed out for how much air is being brought into the combustion chamber, the high lift (VTEC) lobe engages and continues to carry the power curve up until redline. I'm sure Honda dyno tunes their engines to see where the power starts to drop and that's where they implement the VTEC engage point at, say, 5000rpm. Honda essentially figured out how to make an engine produce good power in both low and high rpm, within a single engine.

While there might be some minor sacrifices down low (generally torque, I believe), they aren't huge.

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I see. So VTEC is essentially a power-maximizing feature and as you said...essentially you can two cams in one engine to maximize power in high and low rpm ranges. A side effect may also be fuel efficiency as well then in the lower ranges...if say a car maker can put a milder/MPG-maximizing cam and then compensate for the loss in power by adding a VTEC-style design to get more hp from higher rpms...
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Yeah, potentially. I believe I-VTEC tries to maximize the fuel economy, but don't quote me on that. I'm not 100% certain on how they balance out what they want, in terms of economy, power, whatever else.
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Yeah, potentially. I believe I-VTEC tries to maximize the fuel economy, but don't quote me on that. I'm not 100% certain on how they balance out what they want, in terms of economy, power, whatever else.
easy, by not ever going over 300 crank hp.
stuck at 290 forever.
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i-VTEC is basically VTEC + Continuous cam-phasing variable valve timing. While VTEC is used to boost high end power mainly without comproising low end torque, the latter improves torque delivery across a wide rev range.

If we think of this on a torque curve, a normal engine torque curve would start falling off after 5000rpm or so. VTEC ensures the torque curve stays flat until redline. And the continuous cam-phasing variable valve timing pretty much shifts the whole curve up (more torque all over the rev range).
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Why are you surprised? That's exactly what launch control is for.

You buy the GTR if you want to bitch slap most other cars.

You buy the NSX if you want to look good.
Well said, Well said...
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Why is honda afraid to make real power? With the first gen they had the stupid gentlemen agreement that now one else really cared for, and now the 2nd gen, 573 may sou d like alot but your competitors are making 600+ . Gen 1 had the weight advantage but now it's a porker at near 4000 lbs. Ferraris and lambos weigh the same but make 700-800 no.
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I don't know man but the closes Ferrari is the 488 GTB which makes 650hp but it starts at $250k.
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I know the GT-R has launch control...
But can it be used 50 times in a row back to back?

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Why is honda afraid to make real power? With the first gen they had the stupid gentlemen agreement that now one else really cared for, and now the 2nd gen, 573 may sou d like alot but your competitors are making 600+ . Gen 1 had the weight advantage but now it's a porker at near 4000 lbs. Ferraris and lambos weigh the same but make 700-800 no.

The Lambos/Ferraris that make 700+ are NOT in a class to compete with the NSX at all dude.....lol. By your measurement, the 911 Turbo S, the standard Audi R8, and the 570S are also underpowered

And the Huracan now has a LP580-2 variant as well. NSX's closest segment (looking purely at price and car platform) is right there with its hp:
  • Acura NSX - 570hp
  • Audi R8 has 540hp, with the V10+ at 610.
  • McLaren 570S is at ~560hp.
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S is at 572hp.
All these start in MSRP between 150k-200k, and basically all can be had with options that get close to or top 200k. All are between 560-600hp. The NSX's 570 is right there in the middle.

Also the Lambos/Ferraris that make 700+ are NOT in a class to compete with the NSX at all dude.....lol

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