Acura NSX and Ford GT break the internet at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

The Acura NSX and Ford GT nearly broke the internet on the first press day at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Both take aim at today’s supercar elite such as the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Huracan, and Mclaren 650s. The pair of mid-engined supercars both sport twin-turbocharged V6 powerplants and dual clutch gearboxes but that’s about where the similarities end.

2016 Acura NSX and 2017 Ford GT Photos by Motor Trend

2016 Acura NSX and 2017 Ford GT
Photos by Motor Trend

Acura first debuted the NSX concept back in 2012 with the same basic layout; a mid engined hybrid coupe with Acura’s signature Super Handling AWD. The production model at this year’s Detroit auto show is longer and wider than the original concept car but its overall design hasn’t strayed too far, but I must say it is a little conservative compared to its European competitors. Acura is calling this a “human-centered supercar” putting the driver first in all aspects of design which extends to more than just dynamic performance but ergonomics and visibility as well, all of which the original NSX was praised for. The V6 engine will be mated to a 9-speed gearbox and expected to put out more than 550hp with the immediate responsiveness of a hybrid powertrain and loads of clever torque vectoring, the real news though is that this will be the first Acura V6 to have dual overhead cams since the original NSX!

 

Ford definitely didn’t take the conservative route when styling the new GT, the rear end is very formula car-like hinting at its sophisticated racing derived pushrod suspension. Inside you’ll find a steering wheel that again mimics that of a formula car and a purposeful racey interior. Doors now swing upwards similar to those of a Ferrari Enzo rather than the decapitating manner in which previous GT doors operated. The twin turbo Ecoboost V6 produces more than 600hp and will be mated to a rear driven 7-speed dual clutch transaxle. Extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum reassures us that the 2017 GT will be a thoroughly modern supercar as opposed to the instant classic feel of the beloved 2005 car. Styling feels very european overall with a C-pillar setup similar to the 918 and a front end that reminds me of the Lamborghini Miura concept mixed with a bit of Saleen Raptor. It’s not an instantly recognizable Ford or GT look though but I’m sure this new supercar will make quite an impression when it’s released.

 

Two very different supercars from very different companies looking to shake the supercar market up significantly but hopefully also to derive engineering and technologies into lower models which is what matters for us laypeople. The next big thing I’m looking forward to seeing in this segment is the rumoured mid-engined C8 Corvette, GM has had a lot of momentum with their sports cars lately and a quasi-affordable mid engine supercar killer is exciting news indeed.

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