As far as legendary cars go there aren’t too many of them on the market which still make an impression today. The original 2016 Acura NSX on the other hand is one of those cars who at the time of its launch it was faster than a Ferrari while costing a fraction of that car’s price.
2016 Acura NSX review
Honda and Acura are now trying to resurrect that car with the release of the 2016 Acura NSX which is a direct successor to it. However, even though it bears the same name, the car is vastly different than the original, offering a completely different package.
To start it all of, the new Acura NSX is actually a hybrid, so it falls in the same category with the big hyper-cars of today. However, it doesn’t cost as much as those.
In fact, Acura expects to sell each car for around $150,000 which is not that bad when you consider what you get for the price. However, at this price point it does have fierce competition from the Ford GT or even the Nissan GT-R, both of which are faster than the Acura model.
However, while it lacks the sheer power of those, it manages to impress in other areas. For example, it is one of the few cars which is still built on an all aluminum chassis, meaning that it is slightly heavier but also easier to work on than a carbon fiber tube. The hybrid system is also state of the art, offering three different electric motors.
Two of these power the front wheels while the third is used as an aid for the main 3.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which powers the rear wheels via a 9 speed automatic gearbox. Thanks to this system, the car’s total power rises to as much as 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque which even though is less than the competition, Acura predicts it will be faster, with an expected 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of well over 200 MPH.
On the interior the 2016 Acura NSX follows the footsteps of the original so it offers quite a simple yet effective dashboard. There is only a single screen on the center console which not only controls all the functions of the car but it also acts as a navigation unit. On the dashboard, instead of the usual dials it now has a fully customizable screen.
Its exterior is also state of the art, offering the perfect balance between subtle and aggressive. The car has the usual jewel headlights and at the back it is certainly an Acura, but the lines do make it resemble the original NSX, managing to catch that car’s spirit.