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It’s Easy To Forget The Acura NSX Is A Spaceship

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

A friend who’s spent time in the new Acura NSX gave it the backhanded compliment of being like “the world’s fastest Honda Accord.” I don’t think this is entirely accurate. The NSX is a true supercar that just so happens to do a very good impression of a Honda Accord.

The Acura NSX

It’s a car that, for a variety of reasons, makes you forget just how weird it is. Weird meaning different. The NSX isn’t like most everything else on the road, and I often found myself barely aware of that fact in my two weeks with R&T’s long-termer.

This car has a heavily boosted twin-turbo V6, an electric motor between it and the nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and two more motors for each front wheel.

Sometimes all four power units are working together, but often, the V6 shuts off entirely. It’s probably the least conventional, most complicated drivetrain offered in any car for sale today, and it works seamlessly. It’s doing so many things at any given moment, and behind the wheel, you’re just driving it like you would anything else.

My experience might have been colored by the fact that a majority of the miles I put on the car were on the highway. I made two weekend trips with it—one to visit some family in Massachusetts and another to visit R&T contributor Blake Z. Rong up in Vermont, where these photos were taken. En route, the NSX soaked up highway miles with uncanny ease. Its magnetorheological dampers give the NSX a firm, but beautifully controlled ride, and its seats aren’t hard and confining.

But, it doesn’t feel vastly different to one of its closest rivals, the Porsche 911 Turbo S. I mean, yes, the 911 is rear-engined, but other than that, the biggest difference I could feel was the NSX’s mitigation of turbo lag. The Turbo S has great throttle response, but the NSX’s is noticeably sharper.

With the NSX, Acura got all the hard shit right, creating an incredible platform to build on. I just hope Acura gives it a bigger sense of humor.

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