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Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Coupes: Acura NSX

The Acura NSX excels at those traits, and it has supercar speed, keeping pace with European models...

An exceptional grand-touring coupe offers a secure and accommodating ride, a reassuring swiftness, and a sense of isolation that makes the miles disappear. The Acura NSX excels at those traits, and it has supercar speed, enabling it to keep pace with European models that cost tens of thousands of dollars more. The hybrid propulsion system—three electric motors and a twin-turbocharged V-6—produces a total of 573 hp. That’s enough power for the NSX to reportedly sprint from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 mph. The transmission is a smooth-shifting 9-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. 

  • The NSX’s multifaceted surface catches your eye, but it’s also functional. It enhances downforce and directs air to the car’s multiple radiators and intercoolers.

  • The front wheels are powered by two independently operating electric motors. During hard cornering, one provides extra power to the outside wheel while the other switches to generator mode, slowing the inside wheel so that the car turns in faster.

  • The NSX’s four drive modes include the electric-only Quiet setting, in which the car glides silently.

Acura, acura.com (starting at $156,000)

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