2017 Acura NSX Better Than Ever
It’s been a decade since production of the original NSX ended. Although that car made due with a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter VTEC V-6, the all-new 2017 Acura NSX features a bespoke twin-turbo V-6 and three electric motors. The new NSX rides on an aluminum-intensive space frame with carbon fiber floor with a body designed to direct airflow over, under, and through the car including cooling duties.After a 10-year hiatus, the Acura NSX returns as the automaker’s halo supercar. Where the original NSX focused on lightweight and naturally aspirated 8,000-rpm power and a manual (or optional automatic) transmission, the new NSX features a twin-turbo engine combined with a hybrid setup, and dual-clutch transmission. The NSX has entered the modern hybrid supercar realm.
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Power for the all-new 2017 Acura NSX comes from a non-VTEC 75-degree twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 making 500 hp from 6,500 to its 7,500-rpm redline and 406-lb-ft of torque, available from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. The engine is assisted by three separate electric motors. The first sits between the engine and nine-speed dual-clutch transaxle. That motor is rated 47 hp and 109 lb-ft. A front-mounted twin-motor unit uses two 36-hp, 54-lb-ft electric motors to power the front wheels and provide torque vectoring during cornering. Total system output is rated 573 hp and 476 lb-ft.
Acura says the 3,800-pound NSX can reach 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds and is electronically limited to 191 mph. The hybrid supercar has an EPA-rating of 21/22 mpg city/highway.
Like the original NSX, the new model features an aluminum-intensive chassis, but this time it features carbon fiber. Other modern touches—besides the advanced drivetrain—include magnetorheological dampers that can control roll, pitch, and squat independently at all four corners. Again like the original car, the new NSX offers a great seating position and good visibility.
As with most sports cars, the 2017 Acura NSX hasn’t been evaluated by the NHTSA or IIHS. Passive safety features include three-point seatbelts with audible reminder, driver and passenger front airbags, driver knee airbag, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. Other safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, ABS and electronic brake distribution, brake assist, rearview camera and available corner and backup sensors, and LED daytime running lights.
What We Think
In our First Drive review of a prototype, we weren’t impressed with the numb steering—attributed to the electric steering and torque vectoring from the front motors. Although the standard Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires are good for its street-focused Quiet mode, they are not ideal for spirited driving, but the Track mode totally alters the car’s personality. The optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires completely change the NSX’s demeanor: “But it takes no time at all to learn that they also don’t perform on track the way the Contis do. Not only is the steering immediately heavier with the optional rubber, but the chassis also responds more sharply, and the difference in grip is orders-of-magnitude enormous. Indeed, there’s so much adhesion that the ABS system feels like it needs to be recalibrated for the Cup tires—there’s some fairly violent chatter through the chassis as the tires cycle through grip and slip. Worth it.”
The 2017 Acura NSX was designed and engineered in the U.S., and is built in Columbus, Ohio.