Feature Flick: Acura NSX, Lexus LFA, and The Future of Japanese Supercars

The original Acura NSX seems far removed from today’s super-powerful Lexus LFA – but the two bear a number of surprising similarities, as revealed in this week’s episode of Head 2 Head.

Comparing a brand new, V-10-powered super car to a six-cylinder sports car from twenty years ago seems akin to comparing apples to pumpkins – but there’s a method to the madness. As Motor Trend features editor Jonny Lieberman points out, both cars weren’t necessarily built out of need, but of each automaker’s desire to produce a vehicle that showcased its engineering (and racing) prowess.

The same will likely be said of the next generation of Japanese supercars. Honda’s next-generation NSX will be packed to the hilt with driveline innovations, while Toyota’s rumored LFA successor should incorporate technologies it validated at Le Mans. The main difference? Those cars will likely eschew rev-happy engines in favor of sophisticated hybrid drivelines. Toyota’s hinted as such, and Honda has all but confirmed it.

Which car – LFA or the original NSX -- is more enjoyable to drive in today’s world? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

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