Acura’s second-generation NSX is finally back, making it’s delightful appearance to showrooms later this year. And making sure to turn heads, if it’s not by the model and its style, it will probably be the $156,000 price tag.
The 2017 Acura NSX is definitely a “yes” at the first-generation while propelling the brand into the future. Publications have been given seat time in the production model by Honda and Acura, and the two-seat, mid-engined supercar has been earning its praises.
Originally built from 1990-2005, the NSX was a salvo against the Italian mainstays, and a proof that Honda could hang with the upper echelon of luxury brands. Lightweight and powerful, it became something of a cult classic among car enthusiasts. Especially the Type R.
What about today’s NSX? Well, complexity is what defines this car. The V& engines have not been touched at all, it is still there mounted between the cockpit and rear wheels. Giving its additional power it has a pair of turbochargers and electric motors, two up front and one in the rear. Final power numbers? 573 Horsepower and 476 lb-ft. of torque.
A hybrid machine
The addition of electric motors lets Acura claim the hybrid tag. Before you start wondering where you’ll plug it in, don’t stress out. You don’t have to. Battery power is restored through regenerative braking. And if you’re expecting Prius level fuel economy, it has 573 HP. Not happening.
You can drive it short distances on pure electric power, but those hoping for distances equal to that of the BMW i8 will be disappointed. Fuel economy on the NSX hits 21 mpg compared to the i8’s 28 mpg.
Acura’s best friend: The road
The impressions of the NSX are mainly focused on the open road over the track. Most people behind the wheel prefer to rip through corners on a windy road versus the local oval.
It makes sense. At the end of the day, Acura is a subsidiary of Honda. The automaker wants you to drive it, not cart it around to various tracks. Not to say 573 horses won’t do some damage, but angling for your next speeding ticket is always a bit more fun.
With the Honda pedigree comes Honda reliability. Wait, a sports car that’s reliable? Acura engineers claim it will have the same maintenance as the MDX crossover SUV.
The NSX is style on wheels
It’s a second-generation model. The old-fashion fans will scream their baby has changed while others will embrace the look.
Options on the NSX push the base price quickly to $200,000 if you’re fan of carbon fiber and pearlescent paint. $8,000 for a paint color? You are tossing well north of $100k down on a car, can anyone belabor the price of paint?
Look for the Acura NSX to land in showrooms later this year. It may not top the lists of supercars, but the car world needed what Acura served up. A new NSX.