Collage of MDX drifting and sliding in sand.

The Exhilaration of Driving

Breakthrough performance gives you a closer connection to the road.

2019 Acura Our Story Performance NSX driving front view

Performance happens when driver and machine work together as one. When the car becomes an extension of the driver’s will. When you stop thinking about control and begin to feel it. That’s performance we measure not on a stopwatch, but in our hearts.

Champion White NSX being review in quality control station at PMC.


If there’s a Problem, Embrace It

Just 18 months before launch, our engineers faced a dilemma: They’d made a supercar, but it wasn’t yet an NSX. They went back to the drawing board and delayed the launch, re-configuring the chassis and developing an all-new engine. You only get one shot at reinventing an icon.

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Proof in Practice

Innovation is our obsession. When you look at our cars, you see it. Every refinement across the entire model line results in better performance on the road.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Sport Hybrid Performance

We saw a better way for hybrids and took it, engineering the NSX to deliver pressed-back-in-your-seat exhilaration. We built on the principles of our revolutionary Sport Hybrid All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system to achieve dynamic handling, immediate acceleration, fuel efficiency and all-wheel drive stability.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Acura engineers set out to build a revolutionary all-wheel drive system that would strategically distribute power among the wheels for a performance gain that would surpass any other drive system out there. The resulting Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) is available in TLX, MDX and RDX.

Engineering Highlights

Discover some notable milestones in our proud legacy of performance-focused engineering.

Free-standing 3.0 liter V-6 engine with Sport Hybrid motor and transmission.


Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) increases horsepower by advancing valve timing relative to engine RPM.

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Variable Cylinder Management

VCM improves V-6 fuel efficiency by running on three cylinders during highway cruising.

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The system varies throttle sensitivity to provide the appropriate response and feel to driving conditions.

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Sport Hybrid 3-Motor System

Our exclusive drivetrain system uses electric power to improve efficiency, acceleration and handling.

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Dual Clutch Transmission

Our DCTs shift faster, smoother and with greater efficiency than conventional automatic transmissions.

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Free-standing view of RLX front suspension.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

SH-AWD® greatly enhances high-performance dry-road handling with the all-weather advantages of conventional all-wheel drive.

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Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

The SH-AWD® effect is enhanced by twin electric motors to distribute torque for on-rails handling.

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Amplitude Reactive Dampers

These reactive dampers have a second piston valve to provide improved damping force for a wider range of driving conditions.

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Adaptive Damper System

Our Adaptive Damper System adjusts to road and driving conditions every few milliseconds.

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Agile Handling Assist

Braking individual wheels helps you smoothly and easily trace a desired line through a curve.

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Free-standing NSX body structure.

ACE Body Structure

Our Advance Compatibility Engineering™ body construction is designed to help reduce and disperse force in front crashes with virtually all car sizes.

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Multi-Material Space-Frame

The second-generation NSX goes beyond the all-aluminum space-frame of the original, using a break-through combination of materials for structural safety and handling performance.

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Ablation Casting

Ablation casting combines the strength of forged aluminum with precise, complex shape-forming capability.

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3D Bent-and-Quenched (3DBQ) Fabrication

Three-dimensionally-bent-and-quenched ultra-high-strength steel tubing forms the upper portion of A-pillars and roof rails.

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The Hard Way

To ensure power and precise handling, we put performance to every ultimate test. From slushing through snow to tearing up sand, our vehicles endure countless hours of the harshest conditions we can throw at them.

Bellanova White MDX drifting in desert sand.
See Its Wake
Close-up of NSX model in wind tunnel with visible stream running over it.
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Bellanova White TLX in shake room.
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Curva Red NSX being inspected after road trip.
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