The Acura NSX is a sporty coupe that came into the realm of hybrid sports cars in 2016. The vehicle received numerous updates in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The upcoming 2021 Hybrid trim may come with a V6 3.5-litre twin-turbo engine and hybrid-electric powertrain capable of delivering 573 hp and 3.1 seconds acceleration time to reach 60-mph.

The V6 automatic dual-clutch nine-speed transmission car might cost approximately $159,495. It might showcase highlights like proximity sensors, upgraded audio system, and navigation system. However, based on the vehicle's 2020 models, we have found our information since the 2021 specs and features are unavailable.

What's New?

The 2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe would most likely incorporate the new Indy Yellow and Berlina Black color. Significant changes made to the car in 2019. For example, the Continental SportContact 5P SportContact 6 tires. In contrast, the front and rear tire sizes remain the same.

The Technology Package of predecessor models comes as a standard in the 2020 model. It incorporates proximity sensors, upgraded audio system, and navigation system. Leather semi-aniline power-adjustable sports seats come as standard with the 2020 NSX Hybrid. The overall optional vehicle equipment with a cost of $4,700 comes as standard in the present year's model.

2021 Acura NSX will receive minor design updates

The front and rear roll bars and the bushings for the rear toe-link were made stiffer the same year. The new tires are more likely to showcase a 15 percent improvement than the model manufactured before 2019. Stiffening braces were also added to the pedals of the car.

Unfortunately, the reviewers suspected that the 2019 model might not be swifter due to Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track rubber. The changes introduced in both 2019 and 2020 are most likely to appear in 2021 trims along with a few additions.

Acura NSX Price

The 2021 NSX would most probably come without a trim lineup just like its predecessors. The will be getting the same V6 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine and hybrid-electric powertrain and automatic dual-clutch nine-speed transmission capable of delivering 573 hp at 6500 rpm and 476 lb-ft at 2000 rpm. It may cost approximately $159,495. The 2020 models included features like new Continental SportContact 6 tires, Indy Yellow or Thermal Orange exteriors, and interior colors like indigo blue, saddle, red, orchid, and ebony. The interior and exterior vehicle options and features of 2020 models may still be available in the 2021 models.

What will be the release date?

Sources speculate that the production of the next year's Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe might begin by the end of 2020; however, there is no certainty. The manufacturer may release the date and place along with specs and features as they reach closer to the production stage.

Engine and Performance

The 2021 NSX Hybrid engine and performance will be close to the 2020 model. The 2020 NSX comes with a V6 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine and hybrid-electric powertrain and automatic dual-clutch nine-speed transmission capable of delivering 573 hp. We expect a similar or better engine in next year's model.

The transmission and an electric motor work together to provide rear wheels with the power. Meanwhile, two separate electric motors provide independent power to the front wheels. They are thus making it an all-wheel-drive (AWD) sports coupe.

To make it more maneuverable for a daily commute, the car has Sport and Quiet modes. It has two more modes, namely, Track and Sport Plus powered with the weight of the electrically mechanized steering system. The vehicle is highly responsive to any mode and driver inputs.

Models

2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe

2020 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD

MSRP

$159,300

$132,095

$161,800

$123,745

Engine

Twin-turbo V6 3.5-liter

Supercharged V8 6.2-liter

Boxer 6 Twin Turbo

Supercharged V8 5.0-liter

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Dual-clutch 9-speed

Manual 7-speed

PDK 7-speed

Automatic 8-speed

Horsepower (hp@rpm)

573@6500

755@6300

540@6400

575@6500

Torque(lb-ft@rpm)

476@2000

715@4400

486@1950

516@3300

The 2021 NSX Hybrid Coupe may offer more horsepower than the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD but less than the 2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD. The vehicle may still retain the lowest torque in comparison to 2020 competitors. It may even have the second-highest market price.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of most sports cars with a hybrid drivetrain is significantly better than their gasoline counterparts. In the NSX's case since it's only sold as a Hybrid, it's best to compare it to other sports cars from this segment. It has an EPA rating of 21-mpg in the city and 22 on the highway which is unheard of in the sports car fraternity. 

Models

2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe

2020 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD

MPG (City)

21

13

19

16

MPG (Highway)

22

19

24

24

MPG (Combined)

21

15

21

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

15.6

18.5

17.6

18.49

The 2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe may have the highest city mileage in comparison to 2020 rivals. However, the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD and Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD have better highway mileage than the 2020 NSX Hybrid. We should expect the same from the 2021 model. Unfortunately, the 2020 NSX Hybrid has the lowest fuel tank capacity, and that is a drawback we may even encounter with the 2021 trim.

Interior

After recent updates in 2019 and 2020 Acura NSX Hybrid, we have a list of updates for the next year's model. The cabin does not match the luxurious and premium material expectations of sports car buyers. The 2020 model has a carbon fiber steering wheel, a headliner made of faux-suede material, and seats with faux-suede as well as leather upholstery. The bright red leather color may be appreciated by the younger generation but not by others. Although the seats are comfortable; however, some reviewers suggest that it should have had more bolstering.

2021 Acura NSX will receive an updated infotainment system

Standard interior colors include red, ebony, saddle, and orchid. The setas Comprise both Alcantara and leather and are optional in red and ebony colors. The armrest, center console, and door panels have matching leather surfaces. Brighter colors like red closely match with the exterior colors. Owners can even opt for Milano color Alcantara and leather manually adjustable seats with semi-aniline Alcantara and leather. Optionally, the vehicle comes with an interior carbon fiber sport package that adds a headliner with Alcantara upholstery.

The interior features include a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen system, navigation system, nine-speaker ELS Studio audio system, and seek-scan AM, FM, HD, and satellite radio. The system is compatible with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The vehicle also has a rearview camera with multiple angles, ambient lighting, dual USB ports, two-zone climate control, and tilt or telescopic steering wheel.

Models

2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe

2020 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD 

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD

Passenger Capacity

2

2

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/57.7/42.8

37.9/55.2/43.0

NA

37/56.5/43

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Buyers are dissatisfied with the outdated looking interior interface. A few of them don't like the unintuitive menu setup and touchscreen taken from run of the mill Honda and Acura trims. The complexities increase with difficulty in moving the volume slider and unnecessary buttons.

You can spend an extra $1,000 to replace standard seats with semi-aniline leather upholstery. They can even replace the standard brakes with carbon-ceramic at the cost of $9,900. The 2021 models may have similar features, and options for interiors along with a few more highlights are presently unknown.

The 2020 NSX Hybrid coupe is a two-seater supercar with easy entry and exit doors. However, people do require to bend slightly to get inside the vehicle. The cabin space is sufficient and does not make the driver and the front row passenger claustrophobic. Although, the car does not provide generous legroom; however, it is adequate and comfortable for tall people.

The vehicle showcases clear front visibility and above-average side visibility. Without spending any additional costs, the driver and front-seat passenger can relish manual front seat adjustments to incorporate tall people. The front row legroom space is 42.8 inches, and the headroom space is 38.3 inches. The 2021 models may have similar drawbacks as well as features.

The cabin space of the 2021 NSX Hybrid Coupe will most probably be competitive with its 2020 rivals. The critical interior features that are a part of the 2020 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe and be a part of the next year's model might include the following:

  • Nine-speaker ELS Studio audio system
  • A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen system
  • Info system with in-built navigation
  • Info system compatible with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CaPlay
  • Seek-scan AM, FM, HD, and satellite radio
  • Comfortable sport seats
  • A rearview camera with multiple angles
  • Alcantara and leather upholstery
  • Substantial legroom space for tall people
  • Manual front seat adjustments
  • Two-zone climate control
  • Tilt or telescopic steering wheel.

Exterior

The 2021 NSX Hybrid will most likely be aerodynamically-shaped with striking exteriors. They may have more width than an average wedge car and showcase low ground clearance and a little downward nose. The current year's model has a wheelbase of 103.5 inches and 47.8-inch height, 176.1-inch length, and 87.3-inch width.

The 2020 model has a ground clearance of 3.8-inch, which can become problematic on driveway dips, raised intersections, and speed bumps. The vehicle has a curb weight of 3878 pounds and weighs 400 pounds more than the Audi R8 Coupe.

2021 Acura NSX 

The 2020 models also have mesh grille, LED headlights, outside swing mirrors, and wide rear. The LED taillights may be suitable for the Lamborghini and Ferrari coupes too. The vehicle has 19-inch aluminum front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels.

In 2019, the exterior matte-black color of the supercar replaced the gloss black. The standard colors of the current year's model are Berlina Black, 130R White, and Curva Red. The optional exterior colors include Casino White Pearl, Source Silver Metallic, and Thermal Orange. These three optional colors might cost $700 to $1,000, but Valencia Red Pearl and Nouvelle Blue Pearl may cost $6,000. Additionally, Nord Gray was removed from the list of exterior colors in 2019. The car also comes with an optional exterior sport package and orange calipers with ceramic carbon brakes.

Models

2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe

2020 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3878

3584

3517

3759

Length (in)

176.1

177.9

177.4

176.2

Width (in)

87.3

77.4

74

74.2

Height (in)

47.8

48.6

51.1

51.6

Ground Clearance

3.7

NA

4.29

4.21

Wheelbase

103.5

106.7

96.5

103.2

The exterior dimensions of the 2021 NSX Hybrid Coupe are competitive with its 2020 rivals. It faces drawbacks in ground clearance and curb weight but compensates against the 2020 competitor under width, wheelbase, and length.

The engine of the vehicle lies in front of the 2020 Acura NSX Hybrid's trunk. The space is sufficient to incorporate a single average-sized suitcase. However, some reviewers might claim that the 4.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity can sufficiently squeeze two small bags.

The proximity of the trunk to the engine is a significant drawback because it will always face high engine temperatures. Other next-generation models have a front-engine or mid-engine that eradicate space issues and heating problems in the trunk. Fortunately, the cargo space also has cup holders with clip-on, and manageable in-between seat storage areas. The key exterior features of the 2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe might include the following:

  • LED head - and tail lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Aerodynamic shape
  • 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels
  • Optional Indy Yellow hue
  • Cup Holders with clip-on
  • In-between seat storage areas

Safety Features

The safety and driver-assistance tech is sufficient in certain terms but comparatively, the safety features list seems quite limited. These are few of the highlights inside the Acura NSX:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • TPMS with location and pressure indicators
  • Front, Side, Driver’s Knee, Side Curtain Airbags
  • Tether for Child on passenger seats
  • Corner and Backup sensors
  • Driver and Passenger Side Seatbelt Reminder
  • Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners

Final Verdict

The 2021 Acura NSX Hybrid Coupe may be similar to the 2020 model in many ways; however, the details for the upcoming model are not released. But given that the model had significant changes in 2019 and minor ones in 2020, we can expect the 2021 models only to incorporate a few small changes.

Also, the supercar is better than its rivals in many ways; however, the engine's rear placement is a significant drawback. It flares best under city mileage, aerodynamic exteriors, and acceleration time. Therefore, buyers interested in a supercar whose 2020 model ranks in the top ten list of its segment should await this model.

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FAQ's

How fast is the Acura NSX?

Critics suggest that the 2020 NSX Hybrid has better acceleration time than the McLaren 570S and Audi R8. It can accelerate from zero to 60-mph in merely 3.1 seconds and can top out at 191 mph.

Is NSX a Honda or Acura?

The Honda NSX, marketed in North America as the Acura NSX, is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car manufactured by Honda.