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Why do the Japanese build supercars? Neither Toyota, nor Honda is forced to build 1. Those automakers can make more money selling boring Accord and Camry sedans than supercars, but that hasn’t stopped either company from building exotics. On the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we drive the original Acura NSX and the Lexus LFA to see which naturally aspirated supercar is king of JDM.

This episode begins with host Jonny Lieberman providing a close look at what made the original Acura NSX so special. The NSX was a supercar that beat its contemporary Ferrari rival on and off the track. It was faster and more reliable – simply put, supercars today wouldn’t be what they are without the NSX.

The Lexus LFA on the other hand, is a flawed supercar. It’s fast, technologically advanced, and sounds simply amazing, but its handling doesn’t inspire confidence and uses an outdated transmission. As Lieberman points out, though, what makes supercars most special are their flaws.

Even if the Acura NSX and Lexus LFA don’t necessarily get your motor going, we’d recommend checking out the latest episode of Head 2 Head just to hear the LFA’s high-revving V-10 as it thunders through a closed-off tunnel. Trust us, it’s worth it.

Which of the 2 Japanese supercars would you prefer, the original Acura NSX or the Lexus LFA?

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