Compared: 2022 Acura NSX vs. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette

These mid-engine sports cars have a lot in common at the track despite taking a different technological tack.

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The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the 2022 Acura NSX Type S at first seem to come from different worlds, especially considering their power differential, price gap, and respective technological approaches to high-performance driving. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll discover that each of these vehicles makes use of a mid-engine platform to achieve strikingly similar acceleration and top-speed figures, shrinking the chasm between their two realities.

Here's how the Corvette and the NSX stack up when comparing their price, performance, and fuel economy.

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2022 Acura NSX Comes in at Double the Price of the Corvette

The base model Chevrolet Corvette Stingray comes in two body styles: coupe and convertible. The starting price for the coupe is in the low $60,000 range while the convertible is closer to $70,000.

It's important to note that the coupe features a removable roof panel that allows for open-air fun, while the convertible provides a fully retractable hard top. The most luxurious Corvette Stingray model is the 3LT, a trim level with creature comforts that boost the price to about $78,000 for the coupe and nearly $81,000 for the convertible.

The Acura NSX comes in a single trim: the Type S. The asking price of more than $171,000 is more than double what you'd pay for the most expensive version of the Chevrolet Corvette.

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2022 Chevrolet Corvette Is Less Powerful but Quicker Than the NSX

Every version of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 6.2-liter V8 engine mounted just behind the driver. It's rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, with an additional five horses available thanks to a performance exhaust system that is installed with the optional Z51 package.

Choosing the Z51 also brings more aggressive suspension settings, an electronic limited-slip differential, a shorter rear gear ratio, and improved braking. The same package makes the Corvette Stingray's 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph possible, as well as its astounding 194 mph top speed.

The Acura NSX Type S also features a mid-engine design, but it pairs its turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with a trio of electric motors — two at the front, one at the rear — in order to produce 600 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque. This output is managed by an all-wheel drive (AWD) system, which is in turn fed by a nine-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

Despite producing more power and offering AWD grip, the NSX Type S matches the Corvette Stingray by accelerating to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and falls 3 mph short of the Chevrolet's top speed, cresting at 191 mph.

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The NSX Leads in Fuel Economy

The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 16/24/19 mpg city/highway/combined. The 2022 Acura NSX does a little better, with a fuel efficiency rating of 21/22/21 mpg.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Benjamin Hunting
Benjamin Hunting is a writer and podcast host who contributes to a number of newspapers, automotive magazines, and online publications. More than a decade into his career, he enjoys keeping the shiny side up during track days and always has one too many classic vehicle projects partially disassembled in his garage at any given time. Remember, if it's not leaking, it's probably empty.