10. 2017 Acura NSX
Base price (est): $155,000
Introduced in 1990 and retired in 2005, the original “New Sports-car Experimental” redefined the supercar. Reflecting parent-company Honda’s values, it proved sterling performance needn’t come with startling compromises. This second-generation NSX – Acura informally dubs it “new sports experience” – is another two-seater with a mid-mounted V-6. It, too, is easy to enter and to exit, to see out of, and it promises everyday livability rare in this rarified strata. Built in Ohio, the product of decade’s gestation and design reboots, it hits showrooms in spring 2016, priced like a Porsche 911 Turbo but positioned as a true exotic.
The artful styling reflects that aspiration, as does its aluminum, carbon-fiber, and plastic-composite construction. The powertrain is supercar au courant: a 3.5-liter engine twin-turbocharged and supplemented by three electric motors — a direct-drive in the rear for propulsion and one serving each front wheel to provide all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. (This isn’t a plug-in hybrid; recharging is via onboard energy regeneration.) Total system output is 573 horsepower fed through a nine-speed automated manual transmission. Driver-selectable control modes include a Quiet setting for pure-electric running over short distances. Sport+ and, especially, Track modes transform the NSX from show-off commuter to rocks-off sports car. They keep the engine lit and add sinew to suspension and steering. The result is a sweet harmony of right-now power and athletic handling. Expect 0-60 in 3 seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 191 mph, and, yes, another new sports experience.