Feature: 2017 Acura NSX Dominating the World of Supercars
A supercar that has been well worth the wait, the new Acura NSX is drawing well-deserved attention with its superior performance, look, feel and price. The technology of the Acura NSX took years to get just right, and now that it is finally here, it offers a combined 573 HP output from its three electric motors and its 3.5 liter V-6 for unparalleled drivability and usability. Most people agree that the wait time for this work of beauty and power was well worth it.
Acura NSX Feels Absolutely Amazing
The specifications of the Acura NSX will delight car enthusiasts everywhere. This superb work of art and engineering features a mid-engine powerhouse with its 3.5L twin turbocharged 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine, which, together with its three electric motors, offers a combined 573 HP output with 476 lb-ft of torque. The two-passenger delight comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and dual clutches for a superb driving experience. Despite such impressive performance numbers, it does really well on the mileage front too: 21 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. The regenerative 4-wheel disc brakes, combined with a 4-wheel automatic braking system offer superb control when you wish to slow down or stop quickly.
The exterior of the NSX features aggressive, yet pleasing lines and contours that give the car a very satisfying look.
The technology to aid in the vehicle’s performance, appearance, and drivability is nearly invisible, which makes it even more alluring. It has speed-sensitive wipers that are rain-detecting. It has a programmable LED high and low beam daytime running lights system. It has a rear camera and proximity sensors. The heated side mirrors are powered and have convex spotters on their surfaces to help keep drivers aware of the traffic. High-performance tires with excellent road grip for superior handling and performance have tire specific low-pressure warning. And all of that is barely noticeable: It is perfectly blended into the design.
What the Reviews Say
The reviewers of the Acura NSX cannot say enough about their experiences with this supercar.
Motoring Research loved the wide body and low profile of the car’s exterior. The reviewer, Richard Aucock, reported that the car’s advanced technology does not take away from the driving experience. Its four driving modes, including its silent electric mode, are easily switchable using an on-dash knob. The dual-clutch nine-speed automatic transmission impressed the reviewer, who noted that it gave ultra-close ratios while he was driving. The verdict on the Acura NSX was that it offers amazing technological features, supercar styling and excellent interior ergonomics and dynamic thrills that are enhanced by the drivers.
Motor Authority was similarly impressed with the Acura NSX. They loved the interior room that was available in this car despite the fact that it is a two-seater. According to Marty Padgett, who was the reviewer, the interior offers plenty of room in all directions for two people who are six feet tall. The site’s verdict on this car is that it comes with the same authority in the world of supercars that its original 1989 model offered and that it is a technological masterpiece.
Basem Wasef at Wired loved how the car responded to sharp turns even though it weighs more than 3,800 pounds. With its technology, the Acura NSX responds instantly to turn commands. Wasef pointed out the power given by the combination of the electric motors along with the twin 3.5L turbocharged V-6 engine was marvelous. He reports that it went from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. His verdict is that the 2017 Acura NSX matches the luster of its predecessor with its entry into the market.
Tamara Warren from The Verge loved that the Acura NSX has the functionality of a luxury sedan while also offering the growling performance of a supercar. She was impressed by its interior and exterior styling as well as its multiple driver modes. The quiet mode allows you to drive the car almost soundlessly, and you can turn it up to the track or sport plus modes for the type of sound and performance that steer people to drive supercars.
Matthew DeBord from Business Insider loved the comfort and features of the interior as well as the formidable look and styling of the NSX’s stunning exterior. He also loved the different driving modes and stated that this car offers everything that supercar enthusiasts might expect out of its competitors but for a significantly lower cost. The NSX has a base price of $156,000, which is minimal when compared to the prices of such vehicles like the Porsche 918 Spyder, which costs around $1 million.
What the Testing Says
The Acura NSX easily tackles its competitors head-on, as is demonstrated by the following video clips.
Carfection Test: Acura NSX vs. BMW i8
The Acura NSX and the BMW i8 are both mid-engine supercars with hybrid electric and gasoline-powered supercharged power. The NSX uses its technology to give superior speed and performance with a top speed of 191 miles per hour and the ability to go from zero to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. The BMW i8 focuses its hybrid technology on ecological concerns and has a lower top speed of 156 miles per hour along with the ability to go from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds.
The Exotic Revolution Test: Acura NSX 2017 vs. Nissan GTR 2016 #1
In this race of the Acura NSX 2017 versus the Nissan GTR 2016, the NSX easily beat the GTR in a quarter-mile race at sea level with a time of 11.1 seconds.
Motor Trend Channel Test: Acura NSX 2017 vs. Nissan GTR 2016 #2
In this second comparison of the Acura NSX 2017 vs. the Nissan GTR 2016, the reviewers found that the NSX was faster than the GTR and had a better look, feel and performance overall.
The Exotic Revolution Test: Acura NSX vs. Ferrari 458 Spider
In this video, an Acura NSX goes head-to-head with a Ferrari 458 Spider and blows the competition away. The NSX is also around $100,000 less expensive than the 458 Spider.
Auto Express Test: Honda NSX vs. Porsche 911 Turbo vs. Audi R8 V10
In a three-way match-up between the Honda NSX, the Porsche 911, and the Audi R8 V-10, the Porsche 911 barely edged out the competition with a lap speed of 43.3 seconds. The NSX turned in a respectable 43.7-second finish despite weighing several hundred more pounds. The Audi R8 V-10 came in at 43.6 seconds, showing that the NSX can compete with other available supercars.
Special ShowCase: Old vs. New
There’s nothing quite like comparing the old with the new when it comes to the Acura NSX. From the time that the car first burst on the scene, it took the world of supercars by storm. Its latest incarnation still has the power to impress as is demonstrated by these videos.
Roadshow Test: Old NSX vs. new NSX on the road and the track
When comparing the 2017 Acura NSX and the 2005 Acura NSX, they do share some key features. Both vehicles allow drivers to do whatever they wish and are responsive. In a comparison race, the 2005 NSX, which has a 3.2-liter engine and features 290 HP, finished with a time of 1:34.3. The 2017 NSX, which has a dual turbocharged V-6 plus three electric motors and features 573 HP, finished with a time of 1:21.9.
The Fast Lane Car Test: 2017 Acura NSX vs. 2005 NSX
In this comparison, the 2017 and 2005 NSX models are taken through the paces on both the track and the road. The reviewer loves the responsiveness and the engagement of the 2005 model while also being impressed with the superior power and technological features of the 2017 version.
Why Does Everyone Love This Car?
According to some reviewers, the Acura NSX may be considered closer to a hypercar than it is to a simple supercar. It offers the same mid-engine setup and has technology that matches much more expensive hypercar models.
2017 Honda NSX: Budget Hypercar? – Carfection
Like its more expensive hypercar cousins, the 2017 Honda NSX has a mid-engine and three electric motors to help give it additional power and torque-vectoring. The torque-vectoring offered by the front electric motors makes it respond instantly in sharp turns. The reviewers from Carfection also love the brake system with the electronic monitoring that gives the brakes the feel of analog brakes while also making them respond in the same manner no matter what might be happening outside. The large windscreen offers terrific visuals of the road ahead. The reviewers at Carfection are not so fond of the sound of the paddles, but they quickly forget about it while turning corners. They absolutely love how fast the car comes out of the corners, and they say it is just as advanced as a hypercar. They say that the beauty of the vehicle is the fact that it does exactly what the driver wants it to do, possibly making it a hypercar at a tenth of the price.
The newest generation of the Acura NSX has finally arrived, ending the long wait for it. Whenever this car is put to the test, its innovative features and technological advances are turning heads and impressing everyone. It can go head-to-head with its competitors and often surpass them. The NSX is substantially less expensive than some of the cars that it is competing against, with a base price of around $156,000. It has all the power and thrills that people want, but it is also both intuitive and intelligent. While it has been a long time coming, the 2017 Acura NSX does not disappoint and has been well worth the wait.