If you’re looking for a luxury sports car that is highly rated by previous and current owners, then the Acura NSX is one that you should definitely consider. The current model has undergone an evolutionary process of working out the kinks to deliver high on driver expectations and it doesn’t disappoint. If you haven’t yet driven the new Acura NSX or if you’re unfamiliar with the brand and model, here are ten things about it that you probably don’t know yet, but should.
1. It ranks in the top ten
The 2018 Acura NSX has been ranked as number 9 in the luxury Sports cars class. What this means for the driver is that it has a sporty sexy aesthetic with plenty of eye appeal on the exterior. The cabin is loaded with luxury materials and features that add comfort, class, and technology that makes it a pleasure to drive. It’s one of the more popular choices in the luxury sports genre as rated by very satisfied drivers who’ve shared their opinions after driving.
2. The 2018 Acura NSX isn’t cheap
When compared with other luxury sports cars on the market today, you’ll discover that the price of the NSX is higher than one and arguably lower than the other we used in the comparison. The Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is firmly fixed at $156,000. The 2018 Porsche 911 retails for between $91,100 and $203,000, depending on how fully loaded you order your edition and the 2018 Luxus C comes in at a price range of $92,000 to $96,510 MSRP. The Acura NSX fits firmly in the middle between the two. Sure, there are more affordable sporty new cars out there, but when you do a side by side comparison, they don’t quite match up to the luxury, speed, and aesthetics of the new NSX. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true in this case.
3. The 2018 Acura NSX is in the top five luxury hybrid and electric cars
This model just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. Is it perfect? For some it is and others it isn’t but it gets a critics rating of 8.9 out of 10, 9.1 in performance and a 7.5 for the luxury interior which is its lowest score, but it’s still good. The overall rating is an 8.3 and it’s been named #4 in the top ten luxury hybrid and electric cars on the market today for 2018.
4. One Configuration
The 2018 NSX comes in only one configuration comprising a 3.5-liter V6 engine, three electric motors, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive (SH-AWD). Further simplifying your shopping is the NSX’s single trim level. Perforated leather seats with Alcantara trimmings finish the interior, which also boasts air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, push-button start, and cruise control. Standard features of the well-equipped infotainment system include two USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, and a surplus of smartphone integration selections.
5. It’s fast for a Hybrid
The Hybrid powertrain for the 2018 Acura NSX delivers on smoothness and it’s “exceptionally fast.” This car races from zero to sixty miles per hour in three seconds flat for mind-blowing acceleration speed, but this is just the beginning. The powertrain delivers 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque and this car has a top speed that is a tad under 200 mph.
6. There are a few shortcomings
We’ll begin with the interior in discussing the shortcomings of the new Acura NSX. There aren’t many major changes in the new edition which is a shame because a few luxury additions would boost the ratings. It comes with a limited options list and the infotainment system is distracting for many drivers. A bit of a redesign is in order to add more options and improve the technology and interior with more creature comforts.
7. The Acura NSX loses in a luxury comparison with the Audi R8
Although the NSX is lower in price than the Audi R8, it can’t stand up against the luxury interior. The customizable infotainment system in the Audi gives the distracting unit in the Acura a trouncing. When it comes to luxury the R8 takes the center stage leaving the NSX receded deeply in the background.
8. The NSX has remarkably few interior options
For its price, it’s surprising how few options come available in the new NSX. We can’t deny that the leather trimmings adorning the instrument panel, doors, steering wheel and seats are luxurious, but manually adjusting seats are standard equipment in the model. You have the option of ordering it with four-way power adjustable seats, but it lacks the luster of competitor Mercedes-Benz with optional extra power, massage, and ventilation adjustments.
9. The fuel economy is low for a hybrid
The 2018 Acura NSX gets an average of 21 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. This is low for a hybrid with three electric motors but in defense of the NSX, how many of the hybrids that get 40 plus mpg offer all-wheel drive, zero to sixty mph in 3 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph?
10. For all its flaws, it gets a pass
No automobile on earth is perfect although a few come close. The NSX, for all of its shortcomings, is a masterpiece in automotive engineering with a sporty and eye-catching aesthetic, precision handling and radical speed. It’s a honey of a car and it does offer a measure of luxury that is suitable enough for the other deliverables it hands over swiftly. A supercar? Definitely, suitable for road, track or showroom.