2020 Acura NSX vs. 2019 Aston Martin DBS

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Safety

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The NSX’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The DBS doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The NSX has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The DBS doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The NSX offers optional AcuraLink, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The DBS doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the NSX and the DBS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The NSX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The DBS’ 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the NSX 3 years longer than Aston Martin covers the DBS. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the DBS ends after only 3 years.

There are almost 8 times as many Acura dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the NSX’s warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Acura NSX is faster than the Aston Martin DBS:

NSX

DBS

Zero to 60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.3 sec

11.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NSX gets better fuel mileage than the DBS:

MPG

NSX

3.5 Turbo V6

21 city/22 hwy

DBZ

5.2 Turbo V12

14 city/22 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the NSX’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The DBS doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The NSX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The DBS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Acura NSX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the DBS.

The NSX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The DBS doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

All wheel drive, available in the NSX, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Aston Martin DBS is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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The NSX stops shorter than the DBS:

NSX

DBS

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The NSX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The DBS doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The NSX handles at 1.03 G’s, while the DBS Superleggera Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The NSX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the DBS Superleggera Coupe (23.2 seconds @ .92 average G’s vs. 23.6 seconds @ .89 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the NSX’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the DBS’ (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The NSX is 9.5 inches shorter than the DBS, making the NSX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The NSX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The DBS doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

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The NSX’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Aston Martin does not offer a locking feature on the DBS’ standard power windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the NSX detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The DBS doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations

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The NSX was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The DBS has never been an “All Star.”

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