Mounted in the middle of the NSX, the twin-turbo, hand-assembled 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine generates a whopping 500 horsepower at 6500-7500 rpm, and 406 pound-feet of torque at 2000-6000 rpm. Combined output, working with a trio of electric motors, is 573 horsepower. Two of the electric motors drive the left and right front wheels, independently, whereas the third (at the rear) serves as a Direct Drive motor-generator. A nine-speed dual-clutch transmission sends all that energy to all four wheels, via Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
A lithium-ion battery pack is mounted ahead of the engine. The NSX body uses carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, as well as a considerable amount of aluminum in the chassis. Weighing just over 3,803 pounds, the NSX has 42/58 (front/rear) weight distribution. The driver can choose from four selectable modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ or Track.
High-performance summer tires are standard: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear. Ultimate-handling performance tires are optional.
Acura describes the NSX instrumentation as “intuitive,” set into a simple control layout. The center console is designed to minimize distractions.
Seats promise lateral and fore/aft support suitable for a supercar, with torso and side bolstering appropriate for a “high-limit” vehicle. Upholstery blends leather and Alcantara.
A single trim level is offered, priced at $157,800 (including the $1,800 destination charge).
If the amount of carbon fiber in the standard NSX doesn’t seem sufficient, you can specify more. Options include a carbon fiber body package for $9,000; a carbon fiber roof ($6,000); carbon fiber engine cover ($3,600) and carbon fiber interior package ($2,900). Semi-aniline full leather seating adds $2,500, while an Alcantara headliner costs $1,300 extra.
Initial examples of the NSX have been fitted with upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes, adding $9,900 or $10,600 to the starting price. If you request all the factory options, the total cost could escalate past $205,000.
Logical competitors to the new-generation NSX include the Audi R8, BMW i8, Lamborghini Huracan and far more costly Aventador; and the coming-soon Ford GT.
Few would imagine that such a striking supercar has a hybrid powertrain, but technology has moved well ahead since the original NSX. Largely because of its price—well into six figures—the 2017 NSX inevitably has a limited appeal. For those who can afford the tariff, and especially enthusiasts who fondly remember the original NSX, driving home a modern-day rendition may well prove irresistible. Just don’t go overboard with all those option possibilities.
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