One thing’s for sure when it comes to our top 10 new sports cars of the Year: There is no shortage of vehicles out there that offer increasingly growing output totals and continually shrinking 0-60 times. And many have found a way to combine straightline performance with track-credible handling, too. But it’s also worth pointing out that a surprising number of those hi-po entries don’t fit the traditional definition of a sports car, with examples like the Charger Hellcat sedan making for an infernally powerful case in point.
Which, in turn, explains both why that car is off the list and why other choices that may push the ol’ sports-car envelope are on it.
These New sports cars all showcase key segment features, however, like rear-wheel drive, two-door body styles and sharply driver-focused cabins, and they had to deliver something “new” for the 2015 calendar year, too.
2016 Acura NSX
The 2016 Acura NSX Sport Hybrid will be backed by what the brand touts as the “most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe,” and that’s good enough for at least a provisional position on the New Sports Cars starting grid.
True, details are lacking at this point, but when the NSX does hit the road late in 2015, it’s supposed to showcase a midship-mounted twin-turbo V6, a high-efficiency battery pack, a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, two electric motors for the front, and a rear direct-drive electric motor at the back. Working together, those components will then deliver a next-gen iteration of the Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, as well as dynamic torque vectoring and nearly-instant responses to driver feedback.
The NSX further breaks new ground as the first supercar with an all-aluminum body.