Charles Fleming
Los Angeles Times

Acura likes to boast that its powerful, precise NSX is “the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S.”

With no apologies to Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s Mustang GT or Dodge’s Charger, Challenger or Viper, the Acura folks say their second-generation NSX, new for 2017, combines classic sports car sensibilities with cutting-edge car technology to create an entirely unique driving experience.

That may be overstating things. But the 2017 NSX is one awesome automobile.

Assembled at Acura’s high-performance plant in Marysville, Ohio, the NSX chassis uses a space-age combination of ultra-high-strength steel and very lightweight aluminum, married to a largely aluminum body, driven by a hybrid drivetrain with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine and three direct-drive electric motors.

Together, through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and the NSX’s “sport hybrid super handling AWD,” those attributes make a combined 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, on a nimble vehicle that weighs just over 3,800 pounds.

Result: Zero to 60 mph in under three seconds.

It’s a mesmerizing mix. The NSX is fast without being furious, and fun to drive — right up to the point at which you gain the attention of law enforcement. With a reported top speed of 191 mph, the NSX is begging to be street-raced or taken to the track.

Built with great attention to aerodynamics and air flow, the NSX sits low to the ground, with only 5 inches of clearance at the nose and no hydraulic system for maneuvering steep driveways or tall speed bumps.

That requires a slight limbo move to get into and out of the car. But once inside, the NSX cabin is tidy, neat and not terribly cramped.

The race seats are comfortable and the visibility is much better than many low-slung sports cars.

The interior comes equipped with up-to-the-minute tech — including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Pandora radio interface, LCD touch screen and rearview cameras — and was designed with utility in mind.

The layout is spare, and the ergonomics allow for minimal distractions. Everything is within easy reach and helps keep the driver’s attention on the road.

The base NSX costs $157,800. The model I borrowed, laden with carbon fiber roof, engine cover and exterior and interior sport packages, ran $201,500.