Acura NSX

At the heart of any supercar is its drivetrain and the NSX is no different. Power is supplied by a 500 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, mated to an electric motor that sends power to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The front wheels are also powered however, utilizing a pair of electric motors mounted in the front of the vehicle. Total system output is rated at 573 horsepower, enough to provide for neck snapping acceleration. With the bulk of the engine weight located behind the driver, but in front of the rear axle, the NSX also turns as well as it goes, its low center of gravity aiding it in achieving excellent cornering speeds. All-wheel drive ensures plenty of grip upon corner exit.

The NSX comes in just one well appointed trim level. Standard features include LED headlamps, Keyless entry, powered and heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a remote garage door opener, a leather trimmed steering wheel, a leather trimmed instrument panel, leather seats, a 7-inch Display Audio system with 8 speakers including a subwoofer, Bluetooth streaming and a Siri Eyes Free mode.

Options on the NSX include Alcantara seats, a variety of wheel designs, carbon-ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber exterior package, that includes a bare carbon fiber roof, an Alcantara headliner, and a premium stereo with SiriusXM radio.

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Editors' First Take

If you live somewhere temperate, a place where the worst weather you're likely to encounter is the odd spot of rain, I feel like you're not getting the full driving experience. I feel like you haven't really tested a car until you've seen how it handles each of the four seasons, and if you find one that's as good to drive in the snow as it is in the dry, you know you've got something truly special.

That's one reason why long-term tests of cars are so important, but sadly we can't keep everything we evaluate for a full trip 'round the sun. Beyond that, most makers of supercars send their press fleet examples to warmer climates during the winter months. Thankfully, Acura is not one of those companies.

A week after the new year dawned and a couple feet of snow fell, a lovely Indy Yellow Pearl Acura NSX came rolling up my driveway. In electric mode, it was as silent as a ray of sunlight with a similarly warming effect on my mood, which I confess was a bit dour given the considerable political strife dominating the news that week. Rarely am I so eager to get out and test a car as I was this one.

That's despite my having had a bit of history with the current NSX. When it was first released I confess I just didn't get it. It seemed over-engineered and over-complicated compared to the lean machine that came before. But, after an extended track session in the NSX, I started to warm up to the thing and, by the time the 2019 model rolled around, I had truly fallen for it.

This year marks the first time I'd driven one in the winter, and thankfully it came dressed for the job, clad in a set of Pirelli Sottozero 3 winter tires. Thanks to their availability in big and wide sizes plus their capability of handling big power, the Pirellis are the inclement tire of choice for many supercars.

The right tires are crucial this season, but when it comes to winter performance it isn't all about handling. My first concern with the NSX was keeping warm. With no app-controlled preconditioning or the like I was stuck doing things the old fashioned way: climbing in and firing it up. The heated seats were blissfully quick and effective but I'm glad I brought gloves, as there's no heated wheel. Thankfully the touch controls still worked with thin gloves on, which is important as the NSX is still making do with that awful capacitive volume control Honda binned on almost all of its cars years ago.

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