Road Tests Real world tests of 300ZX Twin Turbo vs Acura NSX

0-60mph

Top speed

Acura NSX
175 mph

0-100mph

Acura NSX
12.2 s

1/4 mile

Acura NSX
13.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

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More torque 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM vs 224 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Front view of Acura NSX

Reasons to consider the
Acura NSX

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Way more expensive sticker price $89k vs $33k Around 2.8x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 100mph 12.2 s vs 16.5 s More than 25% faster to 100mph
Faster top speed 175 mph vs 155 mph 20 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 13.4 s vs 14.4 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Higher redline 8,000 RPM vs 7,000 RPM Around 15% more revs
Better power-to-weight ratio 10.87 lb/hp vs 12.64 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 3,153 lb vs 3,564 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

300ZX Twin Turbo  vs
Acura NSX 
Brand Nissan Acura
Price 33,000 89,000
Year 1990-1996 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.64 lb/hp 10.87 lb/hp
Maximum hp 282 HP @ 6,400 RPM 290 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Maximum torque 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM 224 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,000 cc 3,179 cc
Cylinders V6 V6
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.5:1 10.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.43 in / 3.27 in 3.66 in / 3.07 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

300ZX Twin Turbo  vs
Acura NSX 
Top speed 155 mph 175 mph
1/4 mile 14.4 s 13.4 s
0-60mph 6.5 s 5.5 s
0-100mph 16.5 s 12.2 s

transmission

Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Axle ratio 3.69:1 4.06:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 190 432/? 178
Rear wheels 406/? 216 432/? 229

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,564 lb 3,153 lb
Width 70.5 in 71.3 in
Height 49.2 in 46.1 in
Length 169.5 in 174.2 in
Front track width 58.9 in 59.4 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 99.6 in
Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
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