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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Acura NSX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Acura NSX

Usually nobody likes a tease, especially when that tease lasts for three years. Nevertheless, the Acura NSX received as much fanfare when it finally debuted in production form at this year's Detroit auto show as it did when the concept came out in 2012. Perhaps this speaks to the popularity of the model and its lasting beauty, as well as the strength of the NSX legacy.

But not everyone is a fan, saying it's over-styled or doesn't take enough cues from the previous-generation model. Do you think the car offers strong styling compared to the competition, or has it missed the mark? Let us know what you think in the comments below. But first, here's a quick look at how Acura's supercar has evolved over the last decade.

2016 Acura NSX© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Acura NSX The Acura NSX's overall length hasn't changed much from the previous-gen model, but it has gotten a lot wider. Width has increased from 71.3 inches to 76.4 inches, and the wheelbase has grown from 99.6 inches to 103.5. These changes alone make the NSX DNA a little harder to detect.

Up front, the Acura NSX looks like the future, sporting narrow Jewel Eye headlights, aggressive chrome detailing, and three grilles. The previous NSX features a boxier front end with vertical-oriented square-shaped headlights and little detailing on the hood.

From the side, you start to notice some similarities between the cars. Notably, both have a side scoop located behind the door. And despite its age, the original NSX features two significant character lines that run the entire length of the vehicle. The new one has these lines too, although slightly more sculpted. Both models also feature a sloping roofline indicative of their coupe statuses.

Look at the rear, and the differences between these two models is again like night and day. Compared with the previous-gen's long taillights, the new model features a more 3D back end with wider lights, large air vents, and creased lines. Four exhaust pipes finish off the look.

But if there is one place these two models differ the most, it would have to be the interior. As you'd expect, the original NSX doesn't offer modern luxuries like a media screen or steering wheel audio controls. However, the design is classic and clean, lending to a cabin that has aged gracefully. In the new NSX, look for a dynamic TFT display on the instrument cluster. Underneath the leather dash panel is an exposed midframe, complementing the supercar's raw athletic look.

Is the 2016 Acura NSX refreshing or revolting compared to its predecessor? Sound off in the comments below.

Last week, we asked for your feedback on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and it looks like many readers aren't feeling the redesign. Yoma said, "Revolting. The previous generation had a tough look to it." Batman said, "I think that the previous Taco has more of an off-road feel to it, and I like it better. So I won't say revolting, but it's pretty close." Daddychicken disagreed with the majority, saying, "…great looking truck. They tried to tie it into the rest of the Toyota 'family styling' with that big trapezoid grille."

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