2019 Acura NSX Introduction

Some folks call it sexy. Others deem it stimulating. However it’s described, the 2019 Acura NSX is a supercar with a difference—one that goes beyond stunning looks and technological excellence. It’s a hybrid that augments its V-6 engine with a trio of electric motors. It’s shifted away from a conventional powertrain without losing a speck of the performance that’s marked Acura’s two-seater since it first appeared as a 1991 model.

Built in Ohio, the aluminum-bodied NSX adopted its battery/gasoline configuration as a 2016 model. In addition to new design cues, standard equipment has grown for the 2019 model year. Chassis enhancements include stiffer stabilizer bars and grip-tighter tires. Interior trim is now gloss black.

A Technology Package now is standard, including navigation and ELS Studio audio. Semi-aniline leather and Alcantara sport seats are also standard. Thermal Orange is a new body-color choice.

Only one trim level is offered, but Acura offers a broad collection of options.

A mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine works with a direct-drive electric motor that powers the rear wheels, via a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Up front, twin electric motors drive the front wheels, fed by a lithium-ion battery pack.

The twin-turbo V-6 generates 500 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor produces 47 horsepower and 109 pound-feet. Total system output is 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet, resulting in 3.0-second acceleration to 60 mph. Quite a feat for a hybrid car that weighs close to 3,900 pounds.

No shift lever of any kind can be found. That task has been overtaken by a strip of switches and buttons, though some drivers might feel that something vital is missing in a car of this caliber.

The exotic NSX hasn’t been crash-tested by either the federal government or an independent agency. Because of limited production, it probably never will be.

Rearward vision is constricted, but helped by a multi-angle rearview camera. Forward views are superb, past a low hood and dashboard. Despite its price and stature, Acura’s NSX lacks the latest collision-avoidance technology, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Only about 800 NSX supercars are produced each year.

**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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