Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Car Pr0n #115

Next week's the last in this series. Then it's onto *something* different for my Friday car pr0n. I'll figure something out soon, I guess...

2015 Acura NSX. While there was previously an NSX, there was a decade between models, so I'll count this as a new model. It's my list, I can do that...

Besides, the Acura NSX. Vehicular conveyance to Mr. Wolf. How could you possibly get any cooler? Well, a twin-turbo, 3.5L V6 certainly helps. Automobiles are getting better and better, seemingly by the year - the 1986 Chevrolet Blazer came with a 305 cubic inch V8 (5.0L) that made an anemic 170 HP (a friend had one, we looked it up). My 2015 Toyota Rav4 has a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine that puts out 174 HP.What a difference 30 years makes, no?

The new NSX puts out 500 HP. That's more than the Corvette Stingray (460 HP). It's less than the Z06 Corvette, though - 650 HP is hard to beat. Of course, the Challenger Hellcat has them both beat, hands down, at 707 HP. Imagine that. Over 700 horsepower in a factory car (also available as a sedan) that costs about double the price of the "standard" model. To put things in perspective, the 1990 Corvette ZR1 had 375 HP and cost $60K - also double the cost of the standard 'Vette.

Think about that. If you bought a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat for $60K (in 2016 dollars), it would stop a mudhole in the rear end of the 1990 Corvette ZR1 (hailed as a Ferrari-beater when it rolled out) and drive it dry. For the same price (although adjusted for inflation it's not even close).

Oh, and you could do it with the whole family on board...

That is all.


Montana said...

Maybe you should do the whole thing again with motorcycles. Or perhaps a series on the best/worst cars from each country.

libertyman said...

Still want that Hellcat, don't you?

Old NFO said...

I'd take the Acura over the Hellcat ANY day... Reliability and all that... :-)

Jim said...

That NSX is fetching a full $100k over sticker in many markets.

My former boss bought a 2006 Ford GT, brand new. He owned the dealership, was close personal friends with Carrol Shelby... and even then, he had to cut a deal with a larger dealership to get the GT, as his shop was too small to get one on allocation.

He paid $142k for it, right at sticker. It's now worth a full quarter mil out on the GT market. Of course, it's beyond mint, but with a few Ford approved upgrades, resulting in about 700 hp at the wheels.

It is one of only two of the '05/'06 GTs, with a dashboard personally signed by Carrol Shelby. That adds a certain panache to the deal, I'm told.

I'd love to have one of those NSXs though. That's a "lottery" car, for sure.

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