2021 Acura NSX is an excellent choice if the idea of a supercar you can drive every day appeals to you. It’s not as difficult to get in and out of as other six-figure sports cars like the McLaren 570S, and unlike the Mercedes-AMG GT, the hybrid powertrain can be quiet when you need it to be. That’s not to say it doesn’t have plenty of acceleration power—how does 573 horsepower sound?—
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The Acura NSX 2021 has the ability to light up a drag strip one minute and then quietly tiptoe into your upscale neighbourhood the next is what sets it apart. Although its performance is incredible, it isn’t as mind-blowing as the Porsche 911 Turbo, which is equally priced—but its ride is refined enough to avoid being punishing over rough pavement.
What’s New in the Year 2021?
Acura also applied a new colour to the Acura NSX’s options sheet for 2021: Long Beach Blue Pearl, which is a nod to Acura’s sponsorship of the Long Beach Grand Prix in California. Aside from that, the hybrid sports car is unchanged for the new year.
Since Acura does not divide its NSX lineup into trims, there is only one model that you can personalize. We love bright colours, so either the Indy Yellow or the Thermal Orange is a must—either colour will set you back more.
Interior colour schemes include indigo blue, red, saddle (brown), orchid (off-white), and ebony, all of which are available at no additional cost. If you’re willing to pay the extra money for the carbon-ceramic brake rotors (which come in silver, red, or orange callipers), they’re well worth it if you want to race your NSX.
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
Although the NSX will definitely satisfy your desire for speed, it falls short of key competitors such as the Audi R8 and the McLaren 570S. It also clocked lightning-quick acceleration times in our tests, with a 3.1-second sprint from zero to 60 mph. Its electric-only Quiet mode, on the other hand, gives it something that its competitors lack: discretion.
The Acura NSX 2021 has a hybrid-electric powertrain that incorporates a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V-6 engine with three electric motors to produce 573 horsepower overall. The rear wheels are driven by a combination of the V-6, the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and one of the electric motors. The other two electric motors drive the front wheels independently, essentially giving the NSX all-wheel drive.
The steering is direct and reliable but light to the touch in Quiet and Sport modes, which we believe is an effort to make the NSX feel more manoeuvrable on a daily basis. On such a performance-oriented vehicle, however, such a configuration feels out of place.
The electric-power-steering mechanism dials in more weight in Sport Plus and Track modes. Regardless of the environment, the steering is precise and the car reacts quickly to even minor driver inputs.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Hybrid vehicles outperform their gasoline-only counterparts in stop-and-go city traffic, and the NSX is no exception. The Audi R8 V-10 gets 7 mpg less in the area, with an EPA rating of 21 mpg.
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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S matches the NSX’s city fuel economy of 21 mpg and outperforms it on the highway with a 28 mpg rating; the NSX’s highway fuel economy is 22 mpg. In our real-world highway fuel-economy test, the NSX achieved a respectable 23 mpg, marginally bettering its EPA ranking but falling short of its non-hybrid competitors.
Coverage for Warranty and Maintenance
Acura’s coverage is among the most extensive in the market. Although Audi, BMW, and Porsche all offer a four-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty, none of them offers as much powertrain coverage as Acura. The hybrid-electric components in the NSX are insured for eight years or 100,000 miles