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Acura NSX

Acura claims the next NSX will represent the "ultimate expression of man-machine synergy," with driver and car working in unison, rather than the driver being taken for a ride by a highly robotized car.

Its about Style and Speed

   


The Legacy:

Honda made engines for McLaren for Formula 1 and powered the cars of the legendary Ayrton Senna. Honda showed the world that it could make performance cars for the road, too, with the NSX. When the original Honda NSX (badged an Acura in the North American market) debuted, it sent Ferrari and Porsche scrambling back to the drawing board to figure out how little ole Honda was able to make a better driving car than them. The NSX was a revelation, a statement from Honda that it deserved to be mentioned in the same breathe as the best from Maranello and Stuttgart. 

It seems that Honda has figured out exactly the right formula and the NSX is back and it has its eyes set squarely at Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and even BMW.

The Acura NSX puts out a total of 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque, which is up there with the Ferrari 458 Italia and Audi R8 V10. 


The Purpose:

The BMW i8 isn’t meant to be a Ferrari-beater. So the two cars’ goals aren’t exactly in line. However, the similarities are obvious. Both use hybrid technology to achieve excellent performance and great fuel economy while costing significantly less than the competition. They’re also meant to be used everyday and aren’t compromised in day-to-day traffic like most supercars. They’re both very livable. The NSX should get in the mid-to-high 20 mpg and should average around 20 on the nose. It also will cost around $150,000, so it’s relatively affordable for the kind of car that it is. The BMW i8 has the NSX beat in terms of both fuel economy and price and gets close to matching its performance. 


The Specs:

2015 ACURA NSX
Year 2016? 
VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6 + 2 front and 1 rear electric motors; 480 hp comb*
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-cl auto
CURB WEIGHT 3100 lb*
WHEELBASE 101.4 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 170.5 x 74.6 x 45.7 in
0-60 MPH 3.0 sec*
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON Not yet rated
ON SALE IN U.S. 2016? 
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