Now bear in mind, we’re not talking about the NSX GT3 which is expected to retail at over a half-million dollars and is qualified to run in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world. We are talking about the standard 2018 Acura NSX, touted by Acura as an ‘everyday supercar’.
You are still going to fork out more than $150,000 on the standard Acura NSX, but if you are looking for a relatively comfortable daily driver that will blow the tailpipes off the competition, this might be the car for you.
The question is: Can Acura manage to merge the thrill of the supercar with the practicality of an everyday driver?
As far as ‘supercar’ specs are concerned, the Acura NSX will most certainly run door to door with the Nissan GTR and the McLaren 570s. The hybrid powertrain has three electric motors and a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 making a combined output of 573 hp; enough to get you from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds with a top-speed of 191 mph.
The monster powertrain is mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission with launch and touring modes on either end of the spectrum and a close ratio 7-speed gearbox in between. There is also a direct drive electric motor linked directly to the dual-clutch transmission to provide instant response.
If you switch out the bland Summer tires for something with a little more grip, the NSX will make anyone feel like they are driving a supercar.
As an everyday driver the NSX is likely to fall a little short of the mark for the average American. It is a two-seater after all, so it won’t be taking the kids to soccer practice and if you have a briefcase, you won’t be carpooling with the girl from the office either.
While we’re at it, you’ll need to keep your shades on your head, maps in your lap, and leave everything else at home. There is no sunglass holder, no door pockets and no center console – oh, and no backseat. There is a cupholder, but when in use it tends to occupy a portion of the passenger space making carpooling even less likely.
Still, Acura did add leather accents on the seats and steering wheel, a whole slew of airbags and advanced safety features, premium audio, and 4 driving modes for a more customized ride.
The driving modes (Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus, and Track) are really where Acura defines this ‘everyday supercar’, allowing the driver to choose between a near silent ride in Quiet mode to the full-throated roar of Track mode. Add to that Acura’s trademarked Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and you get a car that looks like a supercar, but feels like a commuter.