What Is It?
The Acura NSX was a midengine sports car that served as the flagship model in Acura’s lineup from 1991 to 2005. Now, after years of concept cars from Acura and clamoring from enthusiasts, it’s back and finally revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show in what Acura says is its production-ready design.
On the outside, the 2016 Acura NSX certainly looks like an exotic sports car. It offers a midengine design, a low-slung cabin, a pointed front end with narrow, aggressive headlights, and a huge, center-mounted exhaust in back. Inside, the NSX boasts an impressive cockpit that offers a sporty, exotic look and a huge center console that houses the transmission controls and separates the driver and passenger.
Of course, enthusiasts will be more interested in what’s under the hood, and while Acura hasn’t announced all the details, the automaker says that the NSX will be powered by a twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 that makes more than 550 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for other notable points, there are of course a few important details to mention. Acura says that the latest NSX offers four drive modes: Quiet (for all-electric driving), Sport, Sport+ and Track. There’s also a Launch mode for maximum acceleration. The chassis is aluminum, not carbon-fiber, suggesting a reasonable price point that rivals more-affordable exotics (such as the Audi R8 and BMW i8) rather than all-out supercars (such as the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Huracan).
We really don’t know, but our guess is that it will rival the Audi R8, which starts at $117,000 with shipping, and the BMW i8, which starts around $136,000.
When Can You Get It?
It’s hard to say, but probably late next year or early in 2016.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
If the 2016 Acura NSX is anything like the original, it’ll offer mind-blowing performance and impressive reliability for half the money of its European rivals. On paper, it looks like it can do exactly that, so we’re excited about the prospect of climbing behind the wheel when the NSX finally goes on sale. Although Acura may seem like the last brand that you’d expect to create an exotic car, the NSX should appear on your shopping list if you’re searching for an excellent sports car with true high-performance credentials.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Audi R8 — Audi’s sporty R8 will likely undercut the NSX in price, and its styling turns more heads than just about anything on the road. However, it uses an older design that’s headed for a replacement soon.
2014 BMW i8 — Possibly the NSX’s closest competitor, the i8 boasts plug-in hybrid technology, impressive performance and look-at-me styling.
2015 Nissan GT-R — Japan’s other mind-blowing performance car is certainly worth a look if you’d rather buy now than later, but the GT-R doesn’t offer the same high-strung, exotic-car styling as the NSX.
Used Ferrari 458 Italia — The Ferrari 458 will likely be far more expensive than the NSX when new, but pre-owned 458 models are starting to drop in value. While the NSX may offer similar performance and more technology, few vehicles can match the cachet of the Ferrari brand.