2017 Audi R8 vs. 2017 Honda NSX

If you are in the market for a fast 2-seater, some car enthusiasts may be confused between picking the 2017 Audi R8 and the 2017 Honda NSX. Car enthusiasts interested in cars in this niche tend to prefer qualities such as excellent handling and above-average performance. In all these aspects and more, you will find that the Audi solidly beats the Honda NSX, making it the best choice for the true petrol-head.

Design & Style

Both vehicles are designed for maximum speed and performance, and their bodies are testimony to this. The R8 takes a more angular approach to design, with an exterior that features more angular LED lights compared to the previous version. The R8 has a distinctive look that one can never miss, and which is designed with aerodynamics in mind. It is a car that will definitely turn heads. The interior has a premium feel, and the arrangement of instruments makes it clear that you are in a sports car. It is, however, still comfortable and easy to drive.

The Honda NSX is also a coupe sports car, and its exterior design seems to aim court attention. There are multiple folds and creases combined with a unique LED headlight arrangement to end up with a vehicle that simply screams for attention. When put side by side with the Audi, the Audi looks more refined, and seems to have more purpose.

Technology & Safety

As you would expect from an R8, you get a lot in the way of technology. Some of the features standard to the R8 include daytime running lights, fog lamps, a parking aid, tire pressure monitors and a backup camera. For safety, the R8 goes above and beyond the regular. In addition to the typical airbags, ABS and pre-tensioners offered in virtually all cars today, it also features electronic stability control, side impact beams, dual stage seat-mounted airbags, side curtain airbags, airbag occupancy sensor and knee airbags for driver and passenger.

The Honda NSX also has quite a lot to offer such as ergonomic sports seats, an adjustable steering wheel, active sound control and digitized instrument panels and center console. Safety features such as tire pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability systems keep the passenger and driver safe. Overall, though both vehicles bring you the very latest in automotive technology, it is the R8 that takes the cake when it comes to capability and ease of use.


Both of these vehicles are meant to be extreme sports cars. The Audi R8 ships with a 5.2-liter V-10 engine producing 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a 7-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, ensuring smooth power supply. The all-wheel-drive system also provides unparalleled control in wet conditions.

The Honda NSX has a hybrid engine, featuring a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 and three electric motors. Combined, the vehicle is capable of producing close to 600 horsepower, fed to the wheels through a 9-speed dual clutch semi-automatic transmission. Though impressive, it can be a handful to drive compared to the Audi. The Audi offers a lot of fun without the complications of a hybrid engine, and is also much easier to control as well.

The Bottom Line

The Honda NSX has for a long time had a huge fan following among fast car enthusiasts. This is due to its performance and handling. However, when put up against the Audi R8, it’s very clear that the Audi outperforms the Honda NSX. It would therefore be the car of choice for most petrol heads.

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