The supercar segment is packed with great options, like the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GT. But what if you want one that can easily drive everyday? Well the Acura NSX might just be the supercar you’re looking for.
With 573 horsepower on tap and a hybrid powertrain that gives it the ability to drive in EV mode for short distances, the NSX is the more responsible choice if you want something a bit greener as well. Let’s just get it over with, the NSX is an exhilarating hybrid supercar that you’ll never want to get out of.
The NSX is powered by a twin-turbo V6 with three electric motors. Two electric motors power the front wheels, while the third and the mid-mounted V6 power the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The system generates a combined 573 hp and 476 pound-feet of torque. Yes the NSX is a hybrid, but it’s very different than that Toyota Prius your neighbor drives.
Hit the start button and the NSX fires up with joy. It’s pretty close to the same excitement you get when you open a birthday present, the NSX powers up with so much enthusiasm that it will easily be the highlight of your morning commute. Push the drive button and you’re off. There are four driving modes: Sport, Quiet, Track and Sport Plus.
With a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph, the NSX is a beast on the road. The two electric motors and the V6 manage to send the power to the correct wheel 100 percent of the time, which makes the NSX a talented supercar when the road gets twisty. The NSX’s exceptional grip keeps it composed on even the most challenging back country roads.
Some buyers may wish the NSX had a simpler powertrain like the first generation because they may worry that the new NSX doesn’t feel as connected to the driver. While we do wish a manual transmission was on the options list, the NSX still manages to keep that ideal connection between itself and the driver.
While some supercars will beat you up on the road with their overly stiff suspensions, the NSX is just at home on the streets as it is on the track. Driving around town the NSX is a comfortable supercar for two and if you want a quieter driving experience there’s the Quiet mode that tones down the soundtrack.
You also won’t have to worry about visiting the gas station too often, since the NSX is rated at 21 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. To compare, the Audi R8 is rated at 13 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined.
Inside the NSX offers first class seats which conform to your body perfectly. The materials are top rate and the small trunk can carry a gym bag or two. That’s good news, since most supercars forget about cargo space. There are a lack of cubby holes for your stuff or even cup holders, but that’s easily forgivable.
Our only gripe with the interior is on the tech side. The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is small for a car in this price range and the graphics look similar to what you’d see in the last generation Honda Civic. It does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can forget about how dated the system looks. It’s the same for the digital gauge cluster, which also looks a bit dated.
Continuing with the tech issues, the NSX doesn’t offer many of the driving aides that we’ve grown to love, like adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and a blind spot monitor. Most buyers won’t care about this, if you’re looking for an excellent sports car, but if you do end up driving the NSX every day, you’ll wish that some of these features were there.
At the end of our week with the 2021 Acura NSX we didn’t want to give it back. It looks great, drives superbly and is easy to live with every day. We just wish more people would buy the NSX, since Acura remains mum on any details about the future of the NSX.