Don’t Be Fooled By Low Sales, The 2018 Acura NSX Is A Masterpiece

Although the Acura NSX is a technological marvel and essentially a mini-Porsche 918 Spyder, sales of the Japanese supercar haven’t been as strong as the brand would have hoped.

The car’s $156,600 starting price is certainly a key contributor to the meager sales, though one shouldn’t be fooled into thinking the NSX isn’t anything but remarkable, despite being far less common than rivals like the McLaren 570S and Porsche 911 Turbo.

In a bid to show that the NSX is much more than its sales figures may suggest, Redline Reviews jumped behind the wheel of a stunning blue example to explore every tiny detail of the car in a comprehensive 32-minute review.

The key factor distinguishing the NSX from all of its rivals is its powertrain. It is the only car in its segment with a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors. It also features a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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  • Rocc E. Normyss

    Capable, no doubt! But the car’s look and design just don’t scream > $150,000 supercar. To be honest, the look screams Mitsubishi eclipse-ish.

    • OG

      Well the 911 Turbo doesn’t look like a 150k car yet it costs 160k.The same can be said for the base R8 V10 (540hp) that looks like a brick on wheels,it retails for only 165k,with both of them lacking the expensive hybrid drivetrain

      • nastinupe

        Actually the 911 Turbo does look like a $150,000 car. It’s build quality is superb. I don’t know what you’re on or if you’ve never sat in one, however, the NSX’s interior looks like an ILX or an Accord.

      • SteersUright

        Everything you said is wrong. The 911 is well established, needs no introduction and offers every level of enthusiast an exceptional sports car experience from the base model though the wild new GT2 RS. The R8V10 still turns heads everywhere and has the look and definitely the sound befitting a car with its price tag. The NSX is a feat of engineering, thus the big msrp. However, it doesn’t look it, as stated by Rocc E. The interior could be pulled from any Honda/Acura and is probably the worst offender. The exterior is cool, but it certainly isn’t jaw droppingly beautiful and being a no-name contender against some extremely well-regarded brands, its looks, inside and out, needed to blow people away to make the right impression.

    • SteersUright

      Everything you said is correct, thus the sales reflect this reality and sadly, in what has been the hottest exotic car market in decades.

    • Galaxium

      Indeed.

      The NSX uses the same exact infotainment systems found in sub $20k Civics (and it’s clunky). Its current price also makes it compete with the 911 Turbo, 570S, and R8 (and still, their performances are better).

    • thunder bolt

      it’s because of that annoying beak.

    • pcurve

      It looks like it’s designed by a novice designer who doesn’t really understand sports car.

  • BlackPegasus

    Waits for the article titled:

    “Don’t be fooled by low sales, the Cadillac CT6 is still better than it’s German rivals.”
    😒

    • Rocc E. Normyss

      LOL!

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      loool so true…i saw a ct6 v6 3.6 for 68k..i was like wtf?!

      • SteersUright

        There are $15-$20k discounts to be had on the upper trims of CT6, as is typical of GM and Cadillac, their lost child brand.

    • OG

      Well the title never said that the NSX is better than its rivals.

      • BlackPegasus

        It’s dripping in the same hyperbolic realm so whateverz 😗

  • Honda NSX-R

    Glad to see someone appreciates my son. Just hope he loses some more weight.

  • fabri99

    All it needs is a facelift.
    And a diet.
    And a discount.

    • OG

      The R8 (540hp) looks like a brick on wheels,has less power/torque,it cost more and it’s only 66 lbs lighter than the NSX (3803 lbs vs 3737) yet i see nobody crying about that.It seems it’s cool to hate on the NSX.
      BTW dealers are ofering up to 30k in discounts,but i doubt you can ever afford it.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Well when you can’t tell the difference between the dash of an NSX and a Civic, it’s a major problem. And for the price you can get a Porsche Turbo which is faster, handles better, looks better, offers far more storage, and is just as reliable.

        • OG

          “Well when you can’t tell the difference between the dash of an NSX and a Civic” Yeah,well not,it doesn’t look like a Civic at all.

          “And for the price you can get a Porsche Turbo which is faster, handles
          better, looks better, offers far more storage, and is just as reliable.” The Turbo costs more and the same can be said for the R8.

      • SteersUright

        “Brick on wheels”?? The R8 sounds like a beast with its screaming high rpm V10 and despite a mild evolutionary redesign, it still turns heads everywhere. I saw the NSX drive by the other day, and I wanted to like, as Im a huge fan of Honda. Despite the absolutely ridiculous price for an Acura, I thought, well at least it’ll look amazing inside and out. And guess what? It doesn’t. It looks kinda cool and the inside is just plasticky and belongs in a Civic Type R more than a $150k+ supercar.

      • Galaxium

        The R8’s quality is far better than the NSX. I’ve sat in both and the NSX feels like the classic Honda plastic interior.

        • OG

          LOL,nope.Sure it’s not as good as the R8 but that’s not the reason why it’s not selling.

          • Galaxium

            Not sure what you’re laughing about my comment.

            People in this segment are looking for general performance and good quality. I said in my other comment that the NSX interior more or less belongs in a Civic. No one is impressed by its interior.

            Its price point has it against 911 Turbo, 570S, and the R8 – any person would pick the established players over the NSX.

            No need for you to continue defending this car.

      • Matt

        I see much more disappointment over hate of the nsx. Much has to do with the car being hyped at car shows for years and years before it’s release as well as the super high (some unreasonable) expectations people had. People arnt crying over the r8s weight because it’s not expected in that car.
        Honda discounting the price by 20% shows that people who do have the means to by the car were not wanting to buy at its original msrp so Honda adjusted it’s price to where the market sees its value.

      • fabri99

        I’ve never said the R8 didn’t need a discount. But I actually dig the way it looks and reviews are extremely positive (while they are not for the NSX, which may have to do more with the weight distribution than curb weight itself).
        Oh and yeah, you’re right, I can’t afford a supercar. I’m an eighteen year-old student, so that’s… normal.

        • OG

          “I’ve never said the R8 didn’t need a discount” I said that the 540hp R8 as an overall package doesn’t offer better performance than the NSX while costing more.

          BTW the weight distribution for the NSX is: F/R: 42/58 %

          458 Italia? 42/58%
          R8 V10 Plus? 42/58%
          570S? 43/57%

          So yeah,that’s what happens when you value the opinion of a shit talking/biassed reviewer like the ones from MT,you end up giving bad reputation to a car that doesn’t deserve it.

    • SteersUright

      lol, exactly right dude

  • gary4205

    People that buy a sports car want the “experience” as much as anything else.

    This car is rather anticeptic. Competent, and no doubt fun to drive, but it is rather soulless.

    Just another appliance.

    Kind of a shame….as the original NSX was viceral and commanded as much as $50-60K over MSRP at the dealer.

    • OG

      Something tells me that you haven’t driven the new NSX nor even being close to one.Talking out of your ass?

    • SteersUright

      Wow, I think this is the first time I completely agree with you 100%.

  • LJ

    The new NSX sucks.

    It’s too plain. It’s too slow. It’s too expensive. And it’s too late to the party.

    • OG

      This car is faster and cheaper than the 540hp R8 (that looks like a brick on wheels).Explain why it “sucks”

      • Galaxium

        I love how you had to defend this car in every comment that criticized it!

        The NSX is a failure of a halo car that nobody really wants to have.

  • OTT

    Is it overpriced…?

  • GobbleUp

    Stupid price for so so performance and Honda looks….hence very poor sales.

    • OG

      It costs less than the R8 540hp while delivering better performance.Go and hate somewhere else.

  • Robin Hood

    Not pure and uncomplicated, not that light weight, not undercutting the price of rivals significantly….

    Looks like they took the successful recipe of the first one and threw it in the trash. It’s the automotive equivalent of “new coke”

    If they took out all the faddish hybrid nonsense and just put in a sweet high output V6 and gave it a manual it would be flying off the lots. I hear all that hybrid junk added $35,000 to the cost. What a waste of an otherwise wonderful car.

  • Craig

    I heard basically the same negative comments about the original NSX. You either ‘get’ what the NSX is about. Or you don’t. If I had the money – I’d buy one in a heart beat. As for the video review – I love the fact that new NSX has so many different ‘personalities’. And that colour combination? WOW! Absolutely beautiful.

    • OG

      Oh but the fine connoisseurs from Carscoops says that the car is crap,boring,etc without driving or being close to one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Oh, don’t even get me started on why this is NOT a technological marvel but a misstep…

  • no25

    I wonder if it would have sold better if it was badged as a Honda in the States. I mean the Acura logo ruins most vehicles so…