One of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the 2021 Acura NSX is now in its second generation which was launched in 2017. It is a proper showcase of how the sports cars will be in the near future, going green with hybrid powertrains which also helps with the performance and yet not skipping on any of the emotive experience. No matter what your taste in cars is, the NSX will not fail to impress anyone, which is quite a thing to say as it is in a segment that already has a lot of accomplished driver’s cars with blistering performance. all that magic is because of the hybrid powertrain where a V6 works in tandem with three electric motors which make the drivetrain essentially an all-wheel-drive system. However, none of that matches the engagement and thrill of some of its well-established rivals and nor to the interiors.
Things You Will Like
- Excellent, precise handling in all conditions
- Staggering combination of performance and economy
- Absorbent, refined ride quality for a sports car
- Capable as a daily driver
- Quick-shifting transmission
Things You Won’t Like
- Fiddly, dated infotainment system
- Interior materials fall short at the price
- Minimal trunk and storage space
- Rivals offer a more exhilarating drive
Let’s See How It Drives
This is the difference with this particular car, while it cannot outpace the super-focused sports cars like the Audi R8 or the McLaren 570S, it will more than just satiate your need for speed. What drives the car is a hybrid-electric powertrain which comprises a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 combined with three electric motors. The powertrain makes a total of 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque.
The V6 works with a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as well as one of the electric motors to send power to the rear wheels. The remaining of the two electric motors work on the front two wheels each, hence giving the NSX all-wheel-drive.
The performance that you get from the car is impressive yet accessible, you can brag in front of your buddies with these figures. 0-60 mph comes up in just 3.0 seconds and you can keep running till you reach the top speed of 191 mph. In a quarter-mile race, you will get to the finish line in 11.2 seconds. When you use the car on the daily, passing the ‘everyday’ cars is effortless as you can pass by hordes of those cars while you chase the 7,500-rev limit. And when you reach the limit, the impressive DCT does justice to the situation by quickly shifting up a cog, something which you can also do through the paddles behind the steering wheel.
You also get two driving modes, which are Quiet and Sport, Sport Plus and Track. In the first two modes, the steering is quite light and the car gets maneuverable. Since it is so light to the touch, it is much easier to drive this car as a daily driver. However, in the latter two modes, you get a lot more weight added to the steering as the electric-power-steering system dials in more weight. Nevertheless, no matter which mode you are in, the steering reacts smartly to the inputs and the handling is crisp.
A lot of suspension tweaks have been done to the new car which improves the dynamics and gives unflappable stability and poise to the NSX in the corners as it rockets out of the corners. An Active Vectoring System is also present as it continuously monitors any loss of grip and fills that gap, the body roll is almost non-existent.
Is The Car Economical?
Twin fuel tanks provide a total capacity of 15.6-gallon, with EPA mileage estimates of 21/22/21 mpg, you should get a driving range of 327 miles. The range is not that big, but Acura likes to believe more people would buy the car for the surge when they press the pedal and not a highway tourer. That being said, the range in the city is quite impressive and you can also drive the car on solely electric power for lower speeds.
The exteriors of the Acura NSX look pleasingly inspired by the classic supercar look. The car is low-slung, wide and the air intakes at the front are aggressive. You get plenty of cool features on exteriors such as LED brake lights, flush-mounted automatic power pop-out door handles, and Acura Jewel Eye LED headlamps. You get 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, rears measuring 20 inches. You can also get more options to make the car look more clouted up and bold on the outside.
What Else Will You Find Inside
Acura markets this car as the daily supercar, on the inside at least it certainly does look the part. First of all, the car is styled like a typical Acura in its presentation of the interiors. The materials are of high quality, the seats are comfortable, and a lot of features you get inside the car as standard. The interiors are intuitive and comfortable; however, it lacks the premium feel and luxurious amenities that you see in the similarly priced British or German brands.
The problem is that the car does not feel like it’s worth $159,495, and that will sound like a bummer to a lot of customers buying a car in this segment. A big reason for that could also be the infotainment which seemed to have been picked up from the cheaper Hondas.
Most of the good creature comforts you can get inside the car is optional, like the optional leather-and-faux-suede seats, carbon-fiber-trimmed steering wheel, faux-suede headliner. The color of the leather with these options is bright red which might be quite polarising as those who will not be into the look will find it juvenile and garish. The seats themselves are comfortable but they lack thigh support. Not just that, the driver who is more enthusiastic about their rides will also appreciate more side bolstering. Fortunately getting in and out of the car is pretty easy; the car does not feel claustrophobic and the outward visibility is superb. If Acura wanted customers to use this car as a daily driver then they should have provided more commodious interior storage cubbies.
How Safe Is The NSX
Acura has a reputation for building really safe cars; you cannot know that yet, as the car has not been crash-tested yet by either NHTSA or IIHS. But you get plenty of safety tech but lesser driver assisted tech and they are listed as below
- Brake Assist
- Vehicle Stability Assist
- Multi-angle rearview camera
- LED daytime running lights
Acura NSX Warranty
Credit should be given here as Acura provides some of the most comprehensive warranty packages in the segment; that has to be done since hybrid components require longer warranty coverage.
- The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Hybrid components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
Should You Get One?
The 2021 Acura NSX tries to be it all, and almost succeeds at it, with exceptional dynamics, a tremendous powertrain, a stunning design, and all that packaged into a car that you can actually use every day. Though it had quite large shoes to fill as people simply adore the first generation NSX, this car is coming along to create a following of its own. Though the interiors and infotainment do not match what is on the outside, the car is capable and worthy of being on everyone’s shortlist.