Not style wise but the materials used and the thought put into driver and passenger safety is astounding.
The NSX’s A pillar is made up of ultra-high strength steel that was three-dimensionally formed and water jet-quenched for increased structural rigidity making it perform better in roof crushing tests. This is actually the world’s first application of this material.
Along with more structural rigidity in the A pillar, Acura used ablation cast nodes in key junctures of the frame to optimize impact protection. They are designed to deform while absorbing the kinetic energy during a collision and keep as much of it away from the cabin as possible. On top of the nodes in the front, there are another two located in the rear frame and they were designed for rigidity in order to transfer the crash energy into the aluminum rear frame rails so the rear power unit won’t get pushed forward in case of a rear collision. Even the fuel tanks were strategically placed in the safest location possible instead of the usual location in the rear of the car, tucked between the rear bulkhead and the engine.
Covering all of this is a body made of highly rigid aluminum extrusions, aluminum stampings, and high-strength steel stampings. These materials were chosen for their high strength and rigidity when it comes to handling collisions.
Of course you’ll still feel some of the kinetic energy inside the cabin so Acura installed single-stage driver and dual-stage passenger multiple-threshold front airbags, driver knee airbag, side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor and a three point seat-belt system to keep you in place.
It makes sense that some things are common between the two. Both have an interest in making the vehicle as safe and durable as possible. I think that going so far as to say that "the Acura NSX is built like a tank" is going a bit too far. I would say the presidential limo is built like a tank, to put things in relative contrast.
The doors of the presidential state car have no keyholes; the ability to open the passenger doors on the limousine is a secret known only to the Secret Service. It has more 5-inch (130 mm)-thick bulletproof glass than the previous model, run-flat tires, and an interior that's 100% sealed to protect the occupants in the event of a chemical attack. The current presidential state car boasts rocket-propelled grenades, night vision optics, a tear gas cannon, on-board oxygen tanks, an armored fuel tank filled with foam to prevent explosion, pump-action shotguns, and bottles of the president's blood. The current presidential state car can also fire "multi-spectrum infrared smoke grenades as a counter-measure to a rocket-propelled grenade attack or anti-tank missiles." The car features 8-inch (200 mm)-thick doors. Car enthusiasts have decried the car's styling. General Motors spokeswoman Joanne K. Krell said of the new presidential state car, "The presidential vehicle is built to precise and special specifications, undergoes extreme testing and development, and also incorporates many of the top aspects of Cadillac's 'regular' cars -- such as signature design, hand-cut-and-sewn interiors, etc."
Still pretty good for a sportscar but yea, not exactly a tank. Do you think we'll ever see a crash test video of the NSX? I want to see those ablation castings and that A pillar in action to see how sturdy it really is.
I haven't seen any crash tests online as yet and think it might be too early for them, instead we'll have to wait for when it's finally out in full for that information. But it won't be something many owners will consider.