Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2017 Acura NSX review: a gentler supercar

These days, a silent hybrid is no big deal. But what we don’t often see on our suburban streets is a silent-but-deadly racecar that makes 573 horsepower while treading softly. I recently drove the 2017 Acura NSX in a slice of small-town Americana near Connecticut's Lime Rock Park raceway, a real-life Main Street, USA — and while the locals could barely hear me coming, they certainly heard me going.

The new NSX is a compromise of a mid-engine sports car that can play nice like a luxury sedan when it chooses, but has a naughtier, gnarly side, too. Basically, it's an Acura-borne exercise in dichotomy, which, for better or worse, makes for an excellent daily driver.

In quiet mode, the hybrid supercar is almost serene, thanks to its...

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