2017 Acura NSX Review – Expensive but Slower



Up until its end of production in 2005, we haven’t seen the NSX roll out the production line, in 2012 a spark of hope emerged with the NSX concept and became a reality in 2016 with the latest 2017 Acura NSX that’s packed with the latest technology. The original NSX had an awesome run from its introduction in the 90’s as an affordable sports car to rival the looks of Ferraris and offer the performance of the most sophisticated sports cars thanks to its superior technology and engineering.

2017 Acura NSX Review - Expensive but Slower

The 2017 Acura NSX Boasts a New Design

Acura did away with the Italian feel that the original NSX got its inspiration from, preferring instead a somewhat conventional, menacing angularity for the 2017 Acura NSX. With its wide stance and long wheelbase, the snub-nosed body has unmistakable mid-engine proportions. The flaring nostrils up front hide the radiators and the A/C condenser, while the side ducts gulp air for the intercoolers and engine intakes. The new NSX is powered by a hybrid powertrain consisting of two electric motors under the front hood providing torque vectoring for the front wheels and a mid-mounted 3.5-Liter V6 which is complemented by another electric motor to fill in torque gaps while the twin turbo spools up. Finished-off with a 9-speed automatic while the front electric motor is a direct drive, the combined output is 573hp.

On the inside the interior of the 2017 NSX is great but being a Honda and even under its Acura luxury brand, the NSX still has a few cheaper interior fixings that make it feel like it shouldn’t have these at this price point; it even carries over the all-capacitive touch head unit found on its cheaper vehicles. The hard plastics in some places, silver-painted door handles, and cheap-feeling (along with hollow-sounding clicks they make) paddle shifters take some getting used to but all that is gone once you get to driving.

With its four drive modes, the 2017 Acura NSX is a mild mannered beast; even on the most aggressive setting, there’s so much handholding going on with all the technology packed under its carbon-fiber and aluminium skin. Honda does this for safety and especially with a 2.9 second 0-60 time, it’s better to leave the track with broken racing lines than broken bones. Its electric motors pull it out of corners and make sure the twin turbo V6 is at peak torque throughout the rev range.


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2017 Acura NSX Review – Expensive but Slower
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