Acura Steps Back and Leaps Forward with the 2020 NSX

When Acura first released the NSX, the automaker offered two yellows, one of which, Spa Yellow, came to be known as Indy Yellow. The colour was so popular that around 20 per cent of NSXs built between 1997 and 2003 were painted in the hue.

For the release of the 2020 NSX, Acura is bringing back that colour, offering the new NSX in a brilliant shade of Indy Yellow Pearl.

If yellow’s not your thing, don’t despair, the NSX will also be offered in Berlina Black.

Acura 2020 NSX front view

But that’s not the only thing to be excited about in regard to the 2020 NSX. Those that put down the money for an NSX—which starts at USD$159,495—will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one tour of the facilities making their car in Ohio. They’ll get to tour the Performance Manufacturing Center and the NSX engine assembly room at the Anna Engine Plant.

They also get to have a proving ground track experience under the tutelage of a professional driver.

Acura 2020 NSX top view vehicle

OK, here’s the stuff you actually want to know. The NSX will be the first supercar to have a bespoke Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that features a 573 horsepower engine. That engine also features direct electric torque, which combines with the engine to provide intense acceleration, improved steering, and better braking.

Acura 2020 NSX steering wheel and dashboard view

The engine on its own is pretty impressive: a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged, 75-degree, 3.5-litre DOHC V6, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. And since that’s not enough, Acura also sandwiched a direct drive supercar electric motor between the engine and the 9-speed DCT, attaching it directly to the driveshaft.

Acura 2020 NSX upholstery car seat

That grants the front wheels immediate torque for better acceleration—the kind of acceleration that shaves off 0.5 seconds off your track speed. Combined with the engine, you get the aforementioned 573 horsepower as well as a 2.7 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 191 miles per hour.

If the return of Indy Yellow doesn’t get you excited, then that power train definitely should.

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Acura 2020 NSX wheel

Acura 2020 NSX