2020 Audi R8 vs. 2019 Acura NSX

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Safety

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Both the R8 and the NSX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The R8’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the NSX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

There are over 11 percent more Audi dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the R8’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 6 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine

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The R8 V10 Performance/Decennium’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 29 more horsepower (602 vs. 573) than the NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The R8 V10 Performance’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the NSX (19.3 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The R8’s standard fuel tank has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the NSX (21.9 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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The R8’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NSX’s 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the R8 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The NSX’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the R8’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the NSX’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Acura NSX.

Passenger Space

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The R8 has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NSX (50 vs. 44).

Ergonomics

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The R8’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The NSX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the R8 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The NSX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The R8 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The NSX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Model Availability

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The Audi R8 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Acura NSX isn’t available as a convertible.

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The Audi R8 outsold the Acura NSX by over five to one during 2018.

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