2017 Acura NSX Review Jan 16, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2017 Acura NSX is everything you want from a luxury hybrid supercar, which is a good thing considering its price. This supercar is worth it as experts and the average driver alike appreciate its superb handling and luxurious interior. Essentially, the NSX combines the performance of a mid-engine sports car with the comfort and quiet of a hybrid luxury sedan.
Thanks to its hybrid powertrain, the 2017 NSX has 573 horsepower without the corresponding harshness and noise. The twin-turbocharged V6 is normally aspirated and has 406 pound-feet plus 500 horsepower. The electric motors bring the car to a total of 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet. For daily driving, there is a quiet mode that enhances the “soft” feel of the engine. Of course, those who want to take advantage of its supercar power will love the turbo mode with the growl of the 3.5-liter V6 engine. According to Honda, the Acura NSX can go as fast as 191 miles per hour and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. You control everything with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. For a supercar, the NSX gets impressive fuel economy, around 21 mpg in real-world testing.
Inside the Acura NSX, you will be relaxing in seats that hug your body and make it feel like a true cockpit as opposed to the average luxury driver’s seat. Take a closer look, and you will notice details like hidden stitching along the steering wheel. The sporty look can’t hide the quality of the materials. The quiet cabin is reminiscent of a luxury sedan rather than a high-powered supercar.
The 2017 Acura NSX is the result of updates since 1990 when this supercar began its cult-like following. The first generation was the very first mass-produced car to have an all-aluminum body. While those are the favorites among collectors, the new 2017 NSX easily meets the increased expectations of new buyers. The wide-set taillights and black roof remain stylistic cues from the first generation, but new features, like functional air intakes, enhance the sporty appearance. The exterior panels are made from composite and aluminum, and you can add a carbon-fiber roof to reduce weight. We particularly like the reflective cherry-red aluminum body that enhances the brash energy of the car. The front lets everyone know you’ve arrived at the car meet with LED headlights and large air intakes while the rear diffuser and functional spoiler are all anyone is going to see when you hit the road.
Despite its supercar credentials, the NSX was designed to be a “daily driver.” On the one hand, this makes sense given that the average owner simply doesn’t have the time to enjoy its racing capabilities. On the other hand, we question how useful this car would be for most daily drivers given that it doesn’t have a lot of room or cargo capacity. It makes more sense to remember that drivers can choose from Quiet, Sport, Sport +, and Track mode, depending on how you plan to use the NSX at a given moment. Quiet Mode makes the car more pleasant to drive for fun on the street any day of the week, rather than waiting for time on the track. With a quiet engine, brash styling, and exceptional performance, the NSX is a daily driver for anyone who could afford the price.