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Honda CEO demands NSX top Nissan GT-R, Lexus LF-A

During the 1990s, there was no shortage of Japanese performance cars, with offerings like the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Toyota Supra Turbo and Acura NSX. But due to several factors, these models slowly died out, leaving a void in the performance ca market. But things are back into full swing in the late 2000s and it looks as though the competition is just starting to heat up.

Nissan was the first to fire a shot across the bow of its rival Japanese automakers with its GT-R, and now the likes of Lexus and Acura are preparing to fight back. Lexus has already stated that it plans to best the GT-R's 7 minute 29 second sprint around Germany's Nürburgring with its upcoming LF-A and now Honda CEO Takeo Fukui has reportedly ordered that the next-generation NSX beat both rival supercars around the famous track.

Although besting the GT-R's mark is a tall order, the NSX might just have the goods to do it. Acur's next supercar is said to be powered by a 550 horsepower 5.5L V10 derived from the V8 to be used in the company's all-new RL sedan, with power being sent to all four wheels via an updated version of the company's SH-AWD. An eight-speed gearbox should help to keep the V10 in its sweet spot.

However, with development of the Nissan GT-R V-Spec already underway, Acura engineers may have to account for a much lower lap time to beat.