When the last NSX rolled off the assembly line in 2005, aficionados of the sleek, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive supercar wept at an era’s end. They’ve been holding their collective breath since, waiting for a worthy successor.
Time to exhale: An all-new 2017 NSX debuts this spring and it’s a beauty as well as a beast.
Boasting 573 horsepower and 476 pound-foot of torque, the new NSX is a four-wheel-drive hybrid-electric with a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6, a nine-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and tons of tech, like the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that works with the three electric motors and the mechanical differential to independently control all four wheels and give oomph while the turbos spool. Zero to 60 is estimated around 2.9 seconds, give or take your tolerance for glee.
Even cooler, all the design, development and manufacturing is done right here in America — Marysville, Ohio, to be precise.
Even cooler-er, with an MSRP of $156,000 ($205,700 with all available options), it’s oodles less than a Ferrari or Lamborghini and more in line with a decked-out Porsche 911.
And while $156K is still a chunk of change, it gets you Acura’s first build-to-order vehicle. Customers can choose from eight exterior colors, four interior color schemes, three seating surface options, three wheel designs (with painted or polished finish), carbon-ceramic brake options, a carbon fiber interior sport package, carbon fiber roof, and other goodies. Check out Acura’s online configurator for more options.
With its wide stance, long snout and low profile, the aluminum-bodied NSX (and carbon-fiber roof and floor panel) looks hot even standing still, all muscular and brawny. The look continues on the inside, with a snug cabin that’s comfortably appointed and finished with care and attention. It’s a nice place to while away the day, be it running errands in the city, cruising on the highway or hammering away at the track.
Speaking of which, a large dial at the bottom of the center console stack controls how you wish to be propelled: quiet (which is exactly, eerily that), sport, sport-plus and track modes. Each mode affects the steering ratio, suspension firmness, throttle and brake response and exhaust sound. (Those looking for sound ferocity best look elsewhere: even in track mode, the NSX growls but never howls, even when pushed.)
The net is that the NSX, while built to supercar performance standards, is also perfectly capable of being a comfortable, even practical, vehicle in suburban settings.
“The NSX is the pinnacle expression of Acura precision crafted performance, and we’re thrilled to take the next step toward bringing it to market,” says Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “We’re creating new space within the supercar realm, pushing the envelope beyond the conventional thinking about supercars — just like the original NSX.”
Them’s lofty words. But in this case, the PR spin is accurate and also reflects the return of the brand’s original tagline, “Precision Crafted Performance.”
The question now is: What are you waiting for?