The original Acura NSX went on sale in 1990 and pretty much turned the supercar world upside down. It was fast, powerful, and it represented what every supercar wanted to be. Very rarely does a Japanese supercar make an Italian titan like Ferrari look over its shoulder. The original NSX did just that. It’s too early to say if the successor to that model, the 2016 Acura NSX, will do the same thing, but when you consider the current state of the supercar segment today, it has to be even more special than the original if it has any hope of standing out.

The latest episode of Ignition sought to shed some light on what we can expect from the NSX when it hits the market in 2016. Motor Trend featured editor, Jason Cammisa, was given the task of giving the NSX a proper shakedown. Cammisa dove deep into Acura’s new supercar, providing quality analysis on some of the NSX’s most notable features — including its torque-vectoring capabilities, its multitude of driving modes, and most importantly, its “supercar-ness”.

The Acura NSX has all the elements to be a true supercar. But, is it going to be as popular as the model that forced Ferrari to rethink its own philosophies? The early returns seem to be on the ‘nay’ side, but only because the original NSX set the bar so high that nothing short of a five-star supercar would be good enough for it. The new NSX looks to be a winner, but a five-star winner? Suffice it to say, it’s got a lot to prove to be able to reach that status.

2017 Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX here.

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