There's a slice of yesterday and a slice of tomorrow in the latest episode of Motor Trend's Head 2 Head. Jonny Lieberman takes the captain's chairs in the Acura NSX, a sports car whose praises are still being sung as if by Greek chorus 21 years after its introduction, and the Lexus LFA, a kinetic banshee whose V10 wailing has seemingly reawakened the moribund Japanese supercar industry.

On top of the driving, Lieberman gives a lesson in the details that behind each coupe's development and the finer technological points that help define each car. We could tell you more, but that would cheat you out of a good show. Oh, and Ayrton Senna makes a cameo. Have a watch below.



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      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The NSX is STILL beautiful after all these years!
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the NSX and I would love to own one some day. Beautiful too.
        NICE FOCKING CAR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Agreed. Awesome cars. This video was great... really made me wish I had access to one to drive.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh thank god they didn't do another lame ass drag race like they usually do! I was really expecting for it to be same boring comparo like MT is kind of known to do. This though, was actually a pretty interesting trip down memory lane. The historical bits were the most important - the part were he says that people that like modern Ferraris need to thank the NSX is head-accurate. Just like how Toyota and Honda revolutionized the industry as a whole in the 70s and 80s, and Toyota did the same to the luxury market with the launch of Lexus, so to did the NSX shake up the supercar world when it came out. Cool video. I guess I need to head on over to MT's site to see what other Head 2 Head videos they have.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          Drag racing does have value as a machine test. If it didn't, nobody would test for 0-60.
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting review. A couple things I noted from my own personal experience: Growing up having driven 40,000 miles on the canyon roads he reviewed these cars on the Lexus is a much heavier car, wider, and much more powerful. On these roads you will feel slightly more uncomfortable in a bulky car that has a lot of power because the roads are so narrow. The Lexus is a much more modern car than the NSX, but having driven everything from FR, FF, MR, and RR configurations the NSX is a much more balanced package just from its design. Given a choice between the two even if I was filthy rich, I would take the NSX and transplant a Hartley 3.0L 10,000 + rpm V8 that puts out ~500hp and 300ft lb torque. Maybe add a turbo charger to bring the torque up, reinforce the chassis and tune everything to match up just right and make all the body panels carbon fiber with whatever paint I wanted. That to me would be a much more enjoyable car than a ~$400,000 Lexus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGe88c7nNYA
        KY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zeus
        But LFA is a supercar, you get exclusivity, compliment, valvet parking, panty dropper. It handles well is just an added benefit. If I am filthy rich, I will buy this car for the first reason I state. They are already 1000 aventador on the road and more to come.
          ThinkAboutIt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          If you need a car to get a girl to drop her panties for you then you are a loser...
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          So basically you're into supercars for the image and not the actual driving experience. Thanks for informing us that you're a tool.
          KY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          Get real. I am just stating reality. I dare you to say that you buy cars only for "driving experience and nothing else. If you're given a chance to pick between an aventador or a tuned pink camry that drive better, which would you choose? Oh yea, since you dont give a **** about image, you can happily enjoy your pink camry.
          rocketmoose
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KY
          ^ The situation is not a tuned pink Camry. And if it really drove that much better, I'd have the supercar, sell it, buy the Camry and repaint it.
        ArtimusPrime
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zeus
        So you would take a NSX and make it an LFA? I would take the NSX as it is!
      Paul Davidson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting video. I would like to see new Honda cars ASAP. What about Integra and Prelude? They would be a great inexpensive sports cars. European manufacturers doesn't have a lot of cars in that segment (Renault Laguna Coupe, Peugeot 407 C, Alfa Romeo Brera, Audi A5, Volvo C70)... Lexus should make new LF LC too. That's great looking concept, Toyota - Supra, MR2 and Selica, etc... Best regards
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the NSX, but it was already outclassed by Corvettes and Vipers when it launched. To make matters worse it was dragged along basically unchanged for 10yrs longer than it should have been. I still love them, and I even get excited everytime I see one, but performance wise they just weren't good enough in my book.
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        There was a Viper in 1987? I thought that Viper came out in 1992. 1987 Corvette had 240HP, a big chunk of more torque though. There was a Callaway engine with 345. How was the NSX outclassed???
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
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          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          Who the hell is this stickshiftn69 guy? I've been accused of being him a few times, but a quick Google (it's a search engine) shows that I'm definitely not whoever he is. Go troll somewhere else, but don't forget to vote me down for the truth!
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          He has a point, though he could have said it better: the NSX stayed the same while its competition improved.
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        The NSX stayed pretty much unchanged because of those stupid Japanese gentleman agreement of no more than 280PS!
        KY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Yea right because Ferrari went back to drawing board and paying attention when Corvettes and Vipers came out. Senna loved them and Gordon Murray was inspired by corvette/viper and build the iconic Mclaren F1. They are so good that they are still used in reviews 20 years later and Insideline just bought a 20 years old corvette/viper not long ago to do a long term reviews. It's a pity that NSX got outclassed even when it just launched so it has no part in this.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        How is it underengineered? With the possible exception of the wheel studs, there is NO steel in the LFA's construction. I wouldn't call that underengineered.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          I haven't heard anything about it being slow.
      nicola ciaccio
      • 2 Years Ago
      all jap cars are boring to drive, even the fast jap cars like lfa and nsx are extremely boring to drive, have zero driver involvement, have cheap performance parts and mediocre tuning and have numb steering....only a madman wil pick lfa over ferrari.
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        BigFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        Excellent observation because the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of iconic Japanese cars are Nissan Sedans. Yeah because the Altima, Sentra and Maxima have always had a similar iconic status to the NSX, Supra and GTR before Nissan screwed them up. Wow!
      Aditya Akkineni
      • 2 Years Ago
      this guy is full of S***. Doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aditya Akkineni
        So why aren't you the one hosting this video?
      FRD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the sound of the LFA.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The NSX is a modern classic.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
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          KaiserWilhelm
          • 2 Years Ago
          Your arrogance and negative attitude is legendary.
          Avinash Machado
          • 2 Years Ago
          Why are you stalking my comments?
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          +1 for reading comprehension Thor. I gave you a thumbs up because you understand english! At least you got one. Some of the people who comment here amaze me. Like the guy telling me because I studied under Nascar engine builders that I don't understand "stock" vs "modified" and that anything that comes from the factory is a "stock" engine. So I guess the next time I go to my engine builder to consult on a modification I'm going to say I want the "stock" one. The engineers must not bother with calculating or matching air flow for a given power band, they just make it "stock" because if they changed it it would be "modified." What a bunch of tools commenting on this post. Amazing.
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