Me and a friend were discussing a replacement for my current vehicle (a still fun to drive but well worn 2006 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V). She does window tinting and car wraps for a living (you can check out her window tinting site here). She’s also a huge Honda fan. We were riding in her 2012 Honda Accord coupe when I told her I was considering buying a Cadillas ATS-V 2.0 L turbocharged sedan. It’s a an amazing car that feels light, has great acceleration, and handles really. It was a surprise, given Cadillac’s history of focusing on bigger cars that provide a more cushy, luxurious ride. She suggested I get a older model Acura TSX, as I was looking to move up from the small sedan I currently own to a bigger vehicle. Since she’s such a huge Honda fan I thought i’d review the company’s latest and most exciting release in recent memory, the 2017 Acura NSX.
The first generation of the NSX (NSX stood for New Sportscar eXperimental) was introduced in 1989 with revolutionary features such as an all aluminum frame and aluminum suspension components for reduced weight. The 3.0 L naturally aspirated v6 engine redlined at 8,000 RPM and featured titanium connecting rods (another first) for greater strength and lower mass at higher operating speeds as well as electric power steering (yet another pioneering move). The current generation of the NSX was introduced in 2007 and almost after a decade of setbacks and several redesigns, the new generation of Honda’s supercar looks to continue the tradition of introducing groundbreaking engineering and technology. On paper, the 2017 Acura NSX certainly does not disappoint.
The 2017 NSX is powered by a hybrid system of gas and electric engines. At the heart of this system is a 3.5 L 24 valve V-6 twin turbo engine that produces 500 HP and 405 ft-lbs of torque. The 3.5 L, 75 degree variable timed engine is assisted by three separate electric motors: one between the motor and transaxle, and two at the front wheels. The motor between the transaxle and the main engine has an output of 49 HP and 109 ft-lbs of torque. This motor does not add to the total power output of the car. It is there to send additional power to the transaxle if necessary. The other two motors are arranged in a single unit, twin motor setup that drives the front wheels and assist in vectoring torque while turning. Each motor has control independent of the other, and both provide a total output of 36 HP and 54 ft-lbs of torque for a total of 72 HP and 104 ft-lbs of torque. Helping get the NSX’s power to the ground is a 9 speed automatic transmission (this is the only transmission available). Fuel is supplied via both direct and port injection. Total engine power for the NSX is 572 HP and 473 ft-lbs of torque. That’s enough to get the Acura from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. Amazingly, the twin turbo engine gets 21 MPG city and 22 MPG on the highway.
Additional features on the all new NSX include an aluminum space frame. However, the new model will incorporate a carbon fiber floor and trunk lid to reduce weight and increase frame strength and rigidity.