The New Acura NSX Is Just The Halo Car That The Brand Needed

You can’t say “finally” enough when describing the 2016 Acura NSX. It’s finally… been shown in production form.

OK, so it’s not quite in dealerships yet, but the concepts that have been trotted around the world’s auto shows for years now have finally given way to something people looking at a $150,000-or-so sports car can actually buy later this year.

And it’s the first Acura in recent memory that is a genuine looker. They’ve finally made their shield design theme work. It’s got more than a hint of Ferrari in the overall shape, which also means certain angles are also reminiscent of the new Ford GT that was shown a couple hours before. For Acura, though, this is just a stunning car.

And thanks to that new twin-turbo V6 (the new 75-degree unit built just for this car) with triple electric motors, it sounds like a performer in a hybrid nerdy kind of way. I like it.

OK, so the interior is awash in traditional Honda/Acura switchgear and doesn’t really make a style statement. But that’s not the point of the car, even though Acura is adamant about its “Human Support Cockpit,” which sounds more like a name for an interior that was made for a driver. Isn’t that what a supercar should do?

Acura seems ready to embrace its heritage, now that it’s almost 30 years old and actually has stuff to look back on. The NSX isn’t a game changer (word of the auto show!) in terms of style, but it proves the company can make a daring-looking car without it being ugly.

Let’s see what the rest of Acura can learn from the second NSX.

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  • aaron

    “it proves the company can make a daring-looking car without it being ugly.”

    I don’t know… that’s not saying much.

  • nellydesign

    “The New Acura NSX Is Just The Halo Car That The Brand Needed Five Years Ago”

    There, I fixed that.

    • T_Cake

      Or ten.

    • MJ Coffey

      So I guess I’m not the only one who thinks that the ‘new’ NSX looks outdated?

  • dinn

    Nice car, but it looks modest comparing to Ford GT.

    • Rick

      It’s not all in the looks, or maybe it is for some. Not me, but then I think the NSX looks great!

  • TheBelltower

    It had better go like stink. Because it looks really underwhelming.

    • Rick

      It goes like stink.

  • donald seymour

    I don’t know what you guys and gals are talking about. This car looks amazing. How many productions versions look better than their concept counter parts? I absolutely love the design.

  • Rick Alexander

    I like it quite a bit. Although the front looks a bit overworked. A cleaner looking front end without all the busy cutlines and angles would have made the design flow better. Otherwise, this new NSX looks like a $150,000 car.

  • Angelo

    Not what i was expecting. Not original design, not fresh to the eye, too much copy-paste on the lines, too many needless high-tech stuff and let’s see about the engine because if it’s less than 750bhp, then… what … they were thinking?

  • 3rdworldjunkie

    This will be hell of a drivers car!

  • KidRed

    No stick? haha…

    • Rick

      But I bet if one was put in your driveway you couldn’t resist the want to take it for a light spin around the block! People bitch about this or about that but if given the chance to drive this car I’m certain they wouldn’t hesitate. I wouldn’t.