Acura NSX Review


Finding the perfect performance vehicle for your trips around the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo areas, as well as the track, shouldn't be too difficult. At Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo, we want to take this time to introduce you to the impressive and stylish Acura NSX. This 2-door coupe delivers a unique mix of style, power, and efficiency. If you're looking for more information, all you need to do is keep reading.

In this article, we'll inform drivers like you of the many features and abilities of the 2017 Acura NSX. All throughout this article, you'll learn detailed information about this supercar and its many components and offerings. By learning about the Acura sports car, you'll figure out if this 2-door coupe is the right choice for you.


"The NSX looks fast even when it's standing still. It's a cliche, we know. But it fits. This car is definitely a head-turner, with its aggressive V-shaped front fascia, very narrow LED headlights and massive air inlets. Looking at the NSX from the side, the blacked-out C-pillar coupled with the placement of the side vents, make for a distinctive design feature. The door handles are flush mounted and pop out automatically." 

2017 Acura NSX Exterior

As you gaze at the 2017 NSX, you'll notice that it has a commanding appearance that almost seems futuristic. The aggressive front end symbolizes the power that the vehicle produces. While the vehicle excels at performance, there are different design implementations that not only showcase the vehicle's impressive style, but add to the vehicle's abilities.

The stylish body of the NSX features several sharp and dynamic curves that visually represent the power and performance. It features seven different heat exchangers behind the front and side grilles that help keep the engine, transmission, front motors, and battery cool. On top of the hood, there are two specifically positioned vents that provide an exit for the air entering from the front grilles, only to be redistributed toward the rear intakes.

The low, wide Jewel Eye® headlights feature 6-beam LED headlights to showcase the road ahead, providing a lengthy and detailed view. The side mirrors are aerodynamic, providing better-than-average visibility while preventing air disruption. The windshield features slender pillars to add more of a panoramic view from inside the cockpit.

The 2017 Acura NSX comes standard in three colors: Curva Red, Berlina Black, and 130R White. However, you can upgrade to a suite of different paints to add to the vehicle's style. These upgrades include Source Silver Metallic, Casino White Pearl, Nord Gray Metallic, Valencia Red Pearl, and Nouvelle Blue Pearl. As far as the measurements go, this Acura sports car has a wheelbase of 103.5 inches and a length of 176 inches. As it sits, this vehicle reaches 47.8 inches in height and 87.3 inches in width.


"The car looks great from the front, great from the side, and great from the rear. That's a triple threat of greatness. The entire package, made of aluminum and carbon fiber (but not that much carbon fiber), tips the scales at 3,800 pounds, and I'll explain shortly why that heft doesn't matter." 

-Business Insider 

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Acura NSX Interior

While the 2017 Acura NSX certainly makes its presence known with its revolutionary design that serves as both fashion and function, it's the interior that pleases its passengers. Stepping into this vehicle is a refreshing feeling, adding a dose of sophistication and elegance. The ergonomically padded seats are outfitted with perforated leather and Alcantara trim, providing manual adjusters for passengers to find their ideal seating position. An upgrade can include a 4-way power adjuster with lumbar support, and a 2-position memory system that'll automatically adjust your seating and mirror preferences.

In terms of style, the vehicle features LED ambient lighting to highlight the sophisticated interior with its leather-trimmed steering wheel, instrument, and door panels. You have the option of choosing a carbon fiber trim for the steering wheel to give it a sportier appeal. The NSX also features a frameless automatic-dimming rearview mirror to actively adjust the reflected light coming from vehicles in your rear.

As far as space is concerned, this coupe has a 2-person passenger capacity with its 44 cubic feet of offered cabin space. The passengers get 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.8 inches of legroom. The cargo area, located behind the rear engine compartment, offers 4.4 cubic feet of space.

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Acura NSX Interior 

Acura NSX Specs

As you've read, the Acura NSX delivers a great deal of style with both the exterior and interior. However, what might be the most alluring aspect of the model is its power and performance. This vehicle really makes its abilities known with its engineering aspects and mechanical features.

The 2017 NSX features a 3.5L V6 twin-turbocharged engine and a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit that's paired with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission, offering numerous gear ratios for the driver to find their optimum output. This engine utilizes both direct and port fuel injection systems for fuel delivery to not only provide the vehicle with the necessary fuel to hit its peak, but also to boost efficiency during performance. The direct drive motor is conveniently placed between the engine and transmission. This water-cooled motor provides 47 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque to the vehicle's overall ability.

In terms of the Acura NSX engine specs, the supercar can reach a remarkable 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The engine averages about 143 horsepower per liter. While out on the track being pushed to its limits, it can clock in a top speed of 191 MPH. The vehicle features an Integrated Dynamics System with the 9-speed dual clutch transmission, which features four different driving modes that drivers can select.

Quiet mode directs gear shifts at lower engine speeds to offer a peaceful ride. Sport mode makes gear changes in a higher RPM, while the Sport+ mode is best suited for aggressive upshifts and downshifts during higher engine speed. Track mode provides the fastest response when upshifting, boosting the aggressive performance.

"Paired with one of the most advanced-and seamless-performance hybrid powertrains that can send power to all four wheels, torque-vectoring style, the Acura NSX is hands-down the easiest performance car to drive quickly."

-Washington Post

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Acura NSX 

New Acura NSX Technology

The Acura NSX interior delivers impeccable style, but it also features a suite of sophisticated entertainment and technology features. Resting in the center of the dashboard is the 7-inch display audio with high-resolution WVGA electro screen and customizable feature settings, allowing you to command your media with ease. The sound system consists of eight speakers, including a subwoofer. You can easily upgrade to feature the ELS Studio® Premium Audio system, which features nine speakers that deliver high-quality audio. This sound system includes Active Noise Cancellation, which reduces the exterior noise and loud engine performance from interfering with your audio entertainment.

In terms of entertainment options, the Acura sports car features a variety of options. The auxiliary input jack and USB ports allow for you to play media from external devices. The vehicle also features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, allowing you to integrate your smartphone with the intuitive touchscreen display, providing access to your apps though touch or voice commands. The SMS Text Message Function keeps you connected by delivering your incoming texts to the 7-inch screen, and allowing you to respond with some pre-set choices.

The vehicle comes with HD Radio™, which allows you to listen to AM/FM radio stations at a much higher sound quality. This is particularly noticeable with talk radio stations. This feature reduces the lo-fi buzz that's normally expected with AM stations. You have the option of including SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. This is available as a 3-month trial subscription, and adds more than 150 different stations to your entertainment suite.

The new Acura NSX also offers a few impressive options with the vehicle to maximize technology, entertainment, and convenience. AcuraLink® The Next Generation, available with an upgrade, integrates your vehicle with cloud-based services, allowing you to access your music, email, podcasts, and tweets. The available Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and HD Digital Traffic provides directions, a map view, and traffic updates to help alter your route if need be.

"The interior comes equipped with up-to-the-minute tech - from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to Pandora radio interface to LCD touchscreen and rearview cameras - and was designed with utility in mind. The layout is spare, and the ergonomics allow for minimal distractions. Everything is within easy reach and helps keep the driver's attention on the road."

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2017 Acura NSX Active and Passive Safety Features

In terms of active safety, the 2017 NSX features a variety of helpful systems designed to always keep you in control of your vehicle. The Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control is a system that works with the anti-lock brakes. During instances of driving on slick roads, this system will add slight brake pressure to low traction wheels while distributing more torque to the wheels with better grip of the road.

The multi-angle rearview camera uses the 7-inch screen to display the point of view from your vehicle's rear. It also features dynamic guidelines to show your vehicle's projected path. This helpful feature adds extra precision to backing in and out of tight spots. Brake Assist is a feature that increases brake pressure during an emergency to help effectively stop the vehicle. Electronic Brake Distribution is a system that varies the amount of brake force applied to each wheel to offer better handling when trying to come to a complete stop.

As for passenger protection, the Acura sports car features a versatile airbag system. The single-stage driver, dual-stage passenger, multiple-threshold front airbags vary the amount of inflation pressure to help compensate for the force of impact while reducing the risk of airbag-related injuries. The Acura NSX also features front-side airbags and one-row side curtain airbags to provide protection during a side impact. The side curtain airbags feature a rollover sensor, which determines the likelihood of a rollover, and it'll cause the airbags to inflate if there's a clear instance of wheel lift.


Acura NSX 2017

Now that you've read this detailed review of the new 2017 Acura NSX, you learned a great deal about this impressive 2-door coupe and what it offers. You got a sense of the vehicle's interior and exterior style and design. You learned a great deal about the impressive engine specs and its extraordinary abilities, as well as the sophisticated technology and reliable safety features that are equipped with this vehicle.

Reading an in-depth review of the 2017 NSX and its features is one thing, but to really get a sense of the vehicle, you need to sit in the driver's seat. Consult your Acura specialist, and you'll be on your way to taking this vehicle out on the road, so you can assess its style, features, and most importantly, its performance. Let our team help you determine if the Acura sports car is the right 2-door coupe for you.

Consult your Acura NSX specialist at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo, the dealership that serves the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo areas proudly.