The word “affordable” can have different definitions depending on your current income status and how much money you have saved up in your piggy bank. For example, an affordable car might translate into a Honda Civic or a Kia Rio to some consumers, while to other consumers, affordability means being able to get a 16 percent discount on a $160,000. And in case you fall into the latter category, then you’ll be happy to know that the second-generation Acura NSX is now more affordable on the used market.
It’s worth the price
The second-generation Acura NSX debuted in 2017 and while its performance numbers were impressive, its pricing was subject to some scrutiny because some thought that it was priced too high. This mainly due to the fact that the original NSX was priced below $100,000 when it was new, however, that was back in the 90s and that was a much different car.
The second-generation NSX is filled with all kinds of electronic gadgetry to make up the 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque that it produces. Its power is produced by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that is mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, that’s not the only part of the equation. The NSX actually utilizes a hybrid powertrain in which the front wheels are powered by two motors that are completely independent of the direct-drive motor that powers the rear wheels.
It took a bit of mechanical wizardry to make it all happen, but the work paid off as this next-generation NSX can go from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds. Needless to say, we can see why the 2020 NSX currently holds a price tag of around $156,000, but luckily you can get a used one for around $100,000, and that’s one with barely any miles on the odometer.
Why is the price dropping so much?
Aside from the typical curse of the depreciating car value that happens over time, the second-generation NSX was a victim of being overhyped. Sure, it was “highly anticipated,” but the public anticipated the car for way too long. The first-generation NSX went out of production in 2005 and for the better part of 12 years, Acura kept teasing everyone with news of a successor.
However, a new NSX didn’t arrive until 2017, and when it finally did, Acura fans were relieved yet a little disappointed because it was so far removed from the original design and engineering of the first NSX. We can’t really blame anyone because a look inside the interior will reveal some interesting features that wouldn’t expect in a car that costs nearly $200,000.
For starters, there aren’t any cupholders in the center console, but it does come with them. In the glove compartment you’ll find a cupholder bracket that you can attach to the passenger side of the center console to hold your beverages, which is convenient although kind of chintzy if you ask us. Another look around the cabin will reveal that the turn signal stalks, steering wheel buttons, shifter buttons, and the touchscreen infotainment system are all of the same equipment that you would find in a much lower-priced Honda Accord.
We can’t really blame them for that since cost-cutting is half the battle when manufacturing any car, however, considering the price point that the NSX is playing at and considering other cars in its class have much more elegant details, we have to fault Acura for going the “cheap route” on their supercar. This is partly why the public was questioning the NSX’s retail price.
While some might not consider a new NSX’s retail price of $156,000 – which could easily get up to $200,000 depending on the options you choose – worth it, we would say that the used car price of $100,000 definitely is.
After all, who wouldn’t want a 16 percent discount on a supercar that can be comfortably driven every day? Now that’s what we call “affordable.”