Like it or not, electrification will become more widespread by the day in all segments. You simply cannot fight the future – or CO2 emissions legislation, at that.
Honda’s NSX is a prime example of how the supercar is shaping up and, judging by most reviews, it’s not looking half bad. It’s a hybrid that’s got a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 assisted by no less than three electric motors, but what this amounts to is 573 HP, instantaneous acceleration and a pretty amazing overall driving experience.
Right now, there’s nothing like it in the supercar market, and the only other hybrid out there, BMW’s i8, is just not up to challenging the NSX.
Cue the Audi R8, which in V10 Plus guise is even more powerful than the Honda in spite of doing away not just with electric motors, but forced induction, too. With an aluminum-intensive chassis, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all the latest bells and whistles it definitely is high-tech, but sticking to a naturally aspirated engine makes it a very rare animal indeed these days.
So, these two go about doing their business each in its own, unique way, but, at the end of the day, the question is which would you rather take home?