Honda’s Acura NSX shattered supercar paradigms when it went on sale in 1990. A New Sportscar with an eXperimental design—hence the “NSX”—it was the first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body (made even sleeker thanks to aerodynamic designs and styling pulled directly from an F-16). Returning to the streets two decades later (and, at $156,000, $96K pricier), the new 2017 NSX is just as sick—a powerhouse auto designed to help Honda recapture its legendary high- performance rep. With Viper acceleration and Formula One handling, the company has definitely hit its goal.
The NSX’s innovative technology is modeled after those found in million-dollar-plus über-machines—the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder. A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 provides 573 horsies and 476 lb-ft of torque.
Four unique adjustable drive modes let you customize the car’s settings for any situation: Creep your way home in the early-morning hours at speeds of up to 40 mph using the car’s “Quiet” mode. Bump the setting up to “Sport” and you’re in the car’s default setting, ideal for everyday driving and optimum fuel consumption. In “Sport Plus,” the engine purrs at 7,500 rpm; kick it up to“Track” mode, and you can rocket from 0–60 mph in three seconds flat.
Just how hot is the NSX? Consider this: NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick ponied up $1.2 million for the chance to race the first completed model off the assembly line.