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.
Supercars are supposed to miss the forest for the trees. These ragged-edge cars focus so intently on high-speed performance and high-cost trimmings that they're often tough to truly utilize on a daily basis, relegating them to weekend warriors at best. But not the 2020 Acura NSX. This Japanese scalpel is more than ready to rumble on a backroad, but it carries a softness that gives the car more than enough pliancy to make for a quality grocery-getter, albeit one that's a bit over equipped for the task.
Before I even get behind the wheel of the 2020 Acura NSX, I'm hit with that familiar kind of supercar weird-for-the-sake-of-being-weird-ness. On approach, the thin door handles pop out to greet me, which is a fun parlor trick. Thankfully, the doors open in the normal direction, as the NSX has absolutely no problem turning heads without bringing atypical hinges and butterfly doors into the equation.
With interesting angles in every direction, from flying buttresses out back to the aggressive front bumper, the NSX is like most other supercars in that it's damn near impossible to blend in anywhere. Even beyond the show-off styling, my tester's $6,000 Valencia Red Pearl paint job isn't about to let that happen.
The Good ~ Ever-present hybrid power ~ Impressive in daily driving ~ Never stops being fun
The Bad ~ Mediocre infotainment ~ Persistent windshield reflections ~ No Individual mode
The Bottom Line If you want a supercar that doesn't punish you for using it on a weekday, the 2020 Acura NSX should be high on your list.
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