Honda NSX-R vs BMW M3

Picture of BMW M3 (E46)
Picture of Honda NSX-R (facelift)
Category BMW M3 (E46)Honda NSX-R
Max power (ps / bhp) 343 / 338294 / 290
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 365 / 269304 / 224
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1570 / 34611270 / 2800
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 218 / 215231 / 228


Category BMW M3 (E46)Honda NSX-R
0 - 100 kph 4.8 s4.4 s
0 - 200 kph 16.8 s18.2 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph 12.0 s13.6 s
0 - 100 mph 11.2 s11.2 s
Est. 1/8 mile 9.1 s @ 93.8 mph9.1 s @ 93.2 mph
1/4 mile 13.1 s @ 107.5 mph12.7 s
Top speed 250 kph (155 mph)280 kph (174 mph)
Est. max acceleration 0.64 g (6 m/s²)0.67 g (7 m/s²)


Category BMW M3 (E46)Honda NSX-R
Track Performance 369400
Straight line speed 780847
Total 11491247


NSX-R is the fastest by a small margin.

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Shaggy  6y ago

I would never have thought about comparing these 2 cars.

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mrft  6y ago

Yeah, I wonder, it's so weird, especially with the fact that Tsukuba is in Japan, and that the NSX Type R is Japanese.

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Frenzyhero  6y ago

I wonder why the laptimes are that close at Top Gear but so far at Tsukuba.

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mrft  6y ago

Yeah, but they're still pretty rare.

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BR2+  6y ago

These things were incredibly cheap in 2003 in the UK, 55k starting price, Although 290Bhp doesnt seem like alot since you can get a 20k Nissan with that, But back then it was still a god amount, And even by todays standards it will keep up with a GT 5.0. But this was back when cars were cars, Not computers.

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mrft  6y ago

NSX-R FTW! Those things are houses of gold in terms of rarity compared to the E46 M3.

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E92  6y ago

By the way the NSX aftermarket price is much higher as well ! That should be considered 2.Both car is close to perfection but Honda has the reliability (and yes that counts a lot !)

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FastestLaps  13y ago

If I was in Japan, I would probably take the M3 as well (but still not very likely). But since I am not in Japan and BMW 3-series (including all kinds of M cars) are popping up on every corner, I would take the NSX in an instant. Without even thinking about it.

And objectively, the NSX is a better sportscar than E46 M3. The NSX can be even considered a supercar.

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Anonymous  13y ago

You sir, have lost your mind!!

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Gordon  13y ago

both of my favourite, both with potential... I would still go with the e46