2016 Acura NSX Targa Rendered: Makes Sense Historically

Ford really stole Acura's thunder by launching an awesome GT concept at the same time as the production NSX. However, once the fog of supercar war clears, everybody will begin to see just how different these two cars are.
2016 Acura NSX Targa 6 photos
Photo: X-Tomi Design
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The new NSX has gone for a hybrid setup, while the Ford GT will downsize to a twin-turbo V6. In doing so, both companies are going green, though the electric driving mode of the Acura is undoutedly the more ecological one. But at the end of the day, supercars need to excite and Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren all do that by offering convertible versions.

That's why we're bringing to your attention a rendering of the 2016 Acura NSX as a Targa, created by X-Tomi Design. It's all too easy to compare this to a Porsche 911 Targa. But the truth is Acura offerd such a setup two decades ago.

In 1995, when the first-gen NSX was around, they introduced the NSX-T with a removable targa top. It went on to replace the standard coupe in some markets and proved quite popular. Unfortunately, the removal of the roof resulted in decreased rigidity of the chassis and added about 100 pounds (45 kg) of structural reinforcements.

Moving from the mid 90s to the not-so-distant past, we would remind everybody of the NSX Convertible used by Tony Stark in The Avengers. It was only a movie concept, but based on looks alone, it makes a bit more sense than a targa because it matches the design of the Audi R8 Spyder.

A targa design where you have to remove the panels yourself could be deemed impractical and cumbersome by modern Acura buyers. Meanwhile, a complex folding roof mechanism like the one used by the new Porsche 911 Targa could be too heavy or beyond the Japanese company's technological capabilities.

Acura should be in no rush to launch a successor to the NSX-T. Their $150,000 supercar is the most technologically complex car in the segment, as it features a twin-turbo mid-mounted V6, a double-clutch gearbox and no less than three electric motors. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Seinfeld has already ordered one?
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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