Acura NSX Head-To-Head With Tesla Model S P100D In Drag Race

Courtesy: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Acura
Courtesy: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Acura /

The guys over at Drag Times have put two unlikely rivals together for a drag race: an Acura NSX and a Tesla Model S P100D.

When the second generation of the Acura NSX was released, many car enthusiasts were not very impressed. The looks didn’t really wow them like the first-yen model, and the sound just seemed a bit off. Earlier this month, DragTimes filmed an NSX with a customized exhaust that made a huge difference in the sound emitting from the rear.

If you watch The Grand Tour, you’ll remember the episode where the NSX didn’t prove particularly successful in a drag race. DragTimes, however, made a promise to challenge the supercar to a drag race against the powerful Tesla Model S P1000D Ludicrous.

Watch Drag Times test out an Acura NSX with a Fabspeed exhaust down the 1/4 mile strip in preparation for its race against the Tesla Model S P100D.

In the first drag race, the Tesla was off to a nice start and a substantial lead. The NSX was able to catch up and reel in the race toward the end, though. At the quarter-mile mark, the supercar was a mere 0.107 seconds behind the Model S, which is closer than any other sports car has been able to get.

The second race has the Acura NSX achieving a better reaction time than the Tesla. This resulted in  an incredible win for the supercar. For those who need to hear that again: yes, the NSX was able to beat the dominant Tesla Model S in a drag race. The NSX was able to reach 60 miles per hour in only 2.98 second and pass the quarter-mile mark in 11.069 seconds at an impressive 124 miles per hour.

To conclude, both drivers did both races using launch control in the first round. Although the Model S initially beat the Acura right off the bat, the NSX caught up pretty nicely. The Tesla finished the quarter-mile 0.14 seconds faster than the supercar in the first race. For the second round, the NSX  driver, arguably, has a better reaction time from the start to help him beat the Tesla by 0.32 seconds.

CarBuzz made it a point to say:

"“Before anyone claims that the Model S can go quicker than that, we have to point out that the car was only at 75% charge. However, it is unlikely that most Tesla drivers will be able to get their car to the drag strip with 100% charge and have a perfect launch on the first try.”"

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Drag Times asks its viewers,

"“Can the NSX with 3 electric motors along with a 3.5L Twin Turbocharged V6 and a 9 speed dual clutch transmission take down the Tesla?“Watch the world’s quickest new Acura NSX take on a Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Plus Mode down the 1/4 mile at Palm Beach International Raceway.”"

After seeing this drag race, are your feelings about the new Acura NSX changed? Let us know in the comments below.