Edmunds experts get behind the wheel of the 2017 Acura NSX for an acceleration test. Senior Writer Carlos Lago can't stop grinning as he demonstrates just how fast the all-new 2017 Acura NSX with its twin-turbo V6 can go in a straight line, taking the hybrid supercar on three runs on and off Track mode.
After a 12-year hiatus, Acura returns to the mid-engine supercar market with the 2017 Acura NSX. While the original version of the car was fairly elemental, though sensationally executed, the new NSX dispenses with tradition in favor of advanced technology.
That means all-wheel drive, a 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, a nine-speed transmission and a trio of electric motors that continually monitor and optimize the NSX's traction. The V6 powers the rear wheels alone, while each front wheel has its own electric motor. This lets the computer carefully accelerate or decelerate each wheel to keep the NSX on course during high-performance driving.
A third electric motor pairs with the V6 engine in common hybrid-electric fashion, adding torque at low speeds and enabling seamless engine starts. The combination of gasoline V6 and electric motors generates 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque.
Like the original NSX, the new model relies on steel and aluminum construction and mostly eschews the lighter, stiffer carbon fiber that helps reduce the weight of premium sports cars. Combined with heavy electric motors and batteries, the NSX weighs 3,803 pounds.
Inside the NSX cabin are two comfortable seats mounted low to the floor, making for challenging entry and exit. The car is fitted with plush leather upholstery, but any luxury pretenses are undermined by off-the-shelf Acura switchgear. The steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, for example, are made with plastic that looks and feels cheap instead of aluminum or magnesium more common to this class of car.
Putting the engine behind the driver contributes to a low cowl and correspondingly excellent forward visibility, which is helpful when piloting the NSX at the speeds it easily achieves.
Magnetically adjustable shock absorbers create a supple ride that is unexpectedly absorbent for a car of this performance caliber. The brakes, which use electronics to connect the pedal to the actual brakes, give the driver the feeling of absolute confidence, with none of the sticky grabbing common to high-performance brakes.
The hybrid electric components contribute to the NSX's outstanding performance numbers, including zero-to-60-mph acceleration in 3.0 seconds and EPA fuel efficiency of 21 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
That relatively thrifty hybrid-electric drivetrain and all-wheel-drive system conspire to rob the NSX of some of the visceral thrill that leads drivers to buy cars like the NSX, however. There's a nice bit of sound from the V6, especially when switching the NSX to Track mode. The Quiet mode will surely be appreciated by neighbors when it lets the NSX creep out of your garage on electric power alone in the wee hours, but the car's overall character is somewhat muted for a sports car.
When it's time to pick your new sports car, Edmunds has all the details you need on the 2017 Acura NSX and its competitors.
2017 Acura NSX Overview
The 2017 Acura NSX is offered in the following submodels: Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM). NSX models are available with a 3.5-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 573 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 NSX comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed automated manual. The 2017 NSX comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM)
Review Super handling super car that blends the qualities of Ferrari and Porsche nicely in a relatively affordable package if ordered with the only essential option of Carbon Ceramic disk brakes. Can be a daily use car except in snow and ice unless equipped with proper tires and clearance issues with snow as it has pretty low clearance and no option to raise the car to clear the snow. Acceleration is instant, thanks to electric assist that takes away the turbo lag, torque vectoring with the front electric motors works transparently to assist in carving turns at any speed.
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