Return of the NSX
The Acura NSX, born in 1990, and discontinued in 2005, is set to return in 2017 better than ever.
The concept car was shown at the Detroit Auto show last year and showed no signs of disappointment with a V6 hybrid powertrain that is expected to make more than 550 horsepower.
It is estimated to be priced around $150,000 to $200,000 with packages, a big difference when compared to the original that started at $60,000.
Although the official curb-weight of the car has not been released by Acura, the NSX should be light on it’s toes with an aluminum, and steel frame with a carbon-fiber floor, as well as body panels made with fiberglass.
Aiming to have the lightest center of gravity in it’s class, the car is estimated to have a curb-weight of around 3,700 pounds.
Similar to the original, the new generation will be a mid-engine two seater with a luxurious interior that practically sits on the floor. Also, the drivetrain will remain the same with the All Wheel Drive System.
However, the look and feel of it’s predecessor car, the next generation NSX will introduce characteristics of its very own.
The NSX will now boast two electric motors as well as a bigger V6 which is now a twin-turbo 3.5L that does not share any characteristics of other Honda engines.
The idea of the multi-motor system is to efficiently distribute power to all four wheels with limited wheel spin and torque steer. The 9-speed automatic dual clutch transmission may disappoint car enthusiasts that are looking to be more active in the driving process, but it will make up for itself with quick shifting speeds. Because of the abundance of gears, it has a remarkable top speed of 190 mph.
Engineers at Honda argue that the automatic transmission has the ability to shift faster and more precise than a human can so it only makes sense in means of speed, further showing that in the process of rebuilding this car, speed was a top priority.
With both good looks and speed the NSX will be breaking necks both metaphorically and literally with numbers to show. A driver from the Car and Driver magazine recorded a 2.7 second 0-60 time and a high 10 second quarter mile time which is faster than the well known Ferrari 488GTB and right on the tail of the Porsche 911 Turbo S which makes it the ideal choice for car enthusiasts.
The delayed release of the Acura NSX in the spring of 2017 has left us car enthusiasts with baited breath, but come release day that will be long forgotten as the Japanese car industry will yet again be dominating the streets at every level.