The 2019 Acura NSX is a supercar built for everyday auto nerds


By law, I have to mention the 1990 Acura NSX before telling you about the 2019 NSX. It was a big deal — supercars were supposed to be from Europe, not Japan. The NSX changed that with an outstanding vehicle that caught everyone’s attention. People adored it, then Acura stopped it.

The 2019 Acura NSX shines thanks to a mix of software and hardware tweaks. It’s an everyday driver supercar that should appease a driver’s need for speed and handling, while a quiet mode is sure to keep the neighbors happy.

In 2017, the automaker revived the supercar to much fanfare, mostly from Acura itself. Then in 2019, it made that updated car better. Actually, the software and hardware tweaks the engineers applied to the supercar made it magnificent. But nostalgia is a tough nut to crack. So for some, no matter what Acura does, the NSX (starting at $157,500) will never be the car they remember from when the first George Bush was in the White House. That’s fine, the rest of us can enjoy NSX while they stalk Bring-a-Trailer auctions.

Meanwhile, the 2019 NSX is a technological wonder that starts with the powertrain. The supercar’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is powered by one 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 internal combustion engine (ICE) situated behind the passenger cabin and three electric motors. The gas engine and one of the electric motors power the rear wheels, while the front wheels each get their very own electric power plant. So it’s a hybrid. But not like a Prius, it’s something much much better.

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