• Rumor Watch: The Acura NSX Roadster May Debut in the Next 9 Months

Is it true?

The Acura NSX is one of those cars that constantly come up in conversation, and that conversation usually revolves around either the baby NSX or the NSX Roadster – neither of which have ever been confirmed. The baby NSX, for that matter, might as well be filed away in the drawer of things that will never happen, but German site Autobild has now put out a report that NSX Roadster is coming as one of several sporty, open-top vehicles.

When Will the NSX Roadster Debut?

2014 Acura NSX Roadster Exterior Drawings
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Word has it that the NSX Roadster will debut by the end of 2018, and if not by then, we’ll see it in 2019

Word has it that the NSX Roadster will debut by the end of 2018, and if not by then, we’ll see it in 2019. The report does kind of come out of nowhere, but it’s not necessarily without its merits. It wasn’t that long ago that Acura was caught testing the NSX on the Nurburgring again, this time thought to be a Type R version of the car. With that said, the NSX has been here for a while now, so it’s about time for more models to join the lineup. The Type R version of the NSX will likely debut first as it’s a bit easier to pull off, while the NSX Roadster will come a bit later, sharing about 95-percent of the coupe’s design, minus the roof, of course.

If that timeline is indeed accurate, then we could be seeing a Type R model in the next few months with the NSX Roadster showing up in the fourth quarter of 2018. It will feature the same powertrain as the coupe as well, so expect 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged V-6. It will be a bit slower than the coupe, though, so expect a 0-to-60 mph sprint time to be higher than the 3.0-second mark established by the coupe.

We’ll update you with more information as it becomes available, so stay tuned.


2016 Acura NSX High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Acura NSX.

2014 Acura NSX Roadster Exclusive Renderings
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Acura NSX Roadster.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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