Exhaust Notes: 2018 Acura NSX

Video: Calvin Chan

Published: August 7, 2018



Compared to its main rivals, the NSX does not sound that great. The trick exhaust emits a decent grunt and baritone growl that reverberates and excites the cochlea, but it does not come close to the lion’s roar of the Ferrari or the flat-plane crank howl of the McLaren’s V8. The NSX soundtrack just isn’t distinctive enough and fails to be sonically unique - Hondas and Acuras of late just don’t can’t quite nail the exhaust down, the same goes for the new Civic Si and Civic Type R. When viewed alone as a V6 though, the noise is impressive, but not $200,000 impressive. On the bright side, none of the exhaust is artificially piped through the speakers for those worried about auditory trickery: Acura only utilizes a tube that draws sound noise from the engine bay and directs that sound back into the cabin. So what you’re hearing isn’t an mp3 file, it’s the true engine noise. Kudos to that, but you can listen to our Exhaust Notes video to hear it for yourself.


Don't forget to read our full review of the 2018 Acura NSX here!


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Model: 2018 Acura NSX
Base Price: $189,900
Wheelbase(mm): 2,629
Length/Width/Height (mm): 4,470 / 2,217 / 1,214

Curb weight (kg): 1,725
Powertrain: 3.5L twin-turbo longitudinally mid-mounted V6 + three electric motors

Combined Output: 573 hp, 476 lb-ft
Engine Horsepower: 500 hp @ 6,500 rpm - 7,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 2,000 - 6,000 rpm

Front Twin-Motor Unit Horsepower: 36 + 36 hp @ 4,000 rpm

Front Twin-Motor Unit Torque: 54 + 54 lb-ft @ 0 - 2,000 rpm

Rear Direct Drive Motor Horsepower: 47 hp @ 3,000 rpm

Rear Direct Drive Motor Torque: 109 @ 500 - 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 9-speed dual-clutch automatic
Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD

Tires: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R





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