Is it a real supercar or just pretending to be?
As a Formula One driver and Indy 500 winner, Alexander Rossi has driven plenty of high-horsepower cars throughout his life. But that fact isn’t necessarily the best predictor of which car he’ll choose when given the opportunity to drive any car in Motor Trend’s (MT) press fleet. During a visit to MT's fleet, Rossi passes up the chance to test out a 707-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat in order to take a spin in the new Acura NSX. It’s not that the man is crazy: He just knows that horsepower isn’t everything.
What he’s more interested in is how the next generation of supercar will preform.
Given that the Acura NSX is one of the first hybrid supercars with a reasonable (relatively speaking) price tag. It’s a prelude of an industry change that has yet to come. And it’s coming alright, with BMW, McLaren, Mercedes, and even Porsche claiming that there is no more room for the internal combustion engine and its wasteful pollution habit once more stringent regulations go into effect. So if this is the future, what does Rossi think? For starters, he's not exactly averse to hybrid hypercars, claiming how he would one day like to own a McLaren P1. But at the end of the day, he enjoys using the NSX's launch mode for fun and the hybrid drive tech for an easy ride.