Blast From The Past

Acura. The company that gave us the Integra and the legendary NSX. The NSX was a show stopper and made everyone look more than once. It was a car never seen before or since. Until now, that is.

When it first came out in 1990, you can bet that every single well-known supercar manufacturer at the time was stunned and surprised at the same time.

Photo credit to: https://www.cnet.com
Photo credit to: https://www.cnet.com

During its launch, it was armed with either a 3.0L or a 3.2L V-6 that produced anywhere between 270 to 290 horsepower 210 to 224 lbs-ft of torque. Mated to a 6 speed manual gave this thing a 0-60 mile an hour time of just 4 to 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 168 miles an hour.

This was phenomenal back in the 1990’s. Not only was the car fast but it was also practical. It was a huge slap in the face for Ferrari and Lamborghini at the time because, although they built cars as good as the NSX, they weren’t exactly practical or cheap.

Fast forward to 2018 and we now have a car that can do all that with a twist. Yes, you guessed it, it’s a hybrid. This time, though, it has a bigger engine. At 3.5L displacement with two turbos and 3 electric motors, they have a combined power of 573 horsepower and 476 lbs-ft of torque. The real improvement is when it does the standing start to sixty miles an hour. It’ll take just 2.9 seconds and hit light speed at 191 miles an hour.

However, with a base price of $195,000, you’d best choose wisely. Would you want a sports car from a company that barely makes them or would you like an Italian thoroughbred? I mean, a hundred ninety five grand is Ferrari or Lamborghini money and even Aston Martin money.

If I were to choose, I wouldn’t take the NSX. Why? There are better cars for the same amount of money.

Reference: Then & Now: 1993 Acura NSX vs 2017 Acura NSX