It’s been twenty-five years since the first NSX debuted, and three years since the NSX Concept first broke cover. Finally, after years of teasing and promising, the production version of the Acura NSX has been revealed…and it’s every bit as glorious as I had hoped.
Sure, some details are still up in the air, like exactly how much horsepower the twin-turbo V6 and three-motor electric hybrid system will make. But Acura has made it clear that the new NSX is a human-centered vehicle, and as such they have developed a human-centered cockpit. What the hell is that you ask? Acura engineers made visibility, simplicity, and comfort the cornerstone of the driving experience, and that extends to entering or exiting the NSX, something many supercar owners often gripe about.
The aluminum, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber body was built with a low weight in mind, and the instrument cluster uses a dynamic TFT display that displays important information based on the car’s driving mode. There are four driving modes, by the way; Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track, which are all pretty self explanatory. And yes, the new NSX can drive under electric power, but only for “short durations” and only at low speeds.
The tri-motor hybrid drivetrain combines with the twin-turbo V6 in the SH-AWD system that feeds into both the launch control and stability control systems. Pricing starts at $150,000, though there’s always the chance a NSX Type-R could be trotted out…strictly for track days, of course. Acura has also built an entirely new factory within which the NSX will be built, complete with green and sustainable features like 100 skylights.
All in all, the new Acura NSX is every bit a worthy supercar of the 21st century.