2017 Acura NSX – It’s finally here. Was it worth the wait?

The first generation Acura NSX is a mid-engine sports car that was developed by parent company Honda in the 80’s and the first model year was released in 1990. Honda had Ferrari in its sights when developing the performance numbers for the new member of the family. It came with a 2.0L V6 engine that produced 252hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Manual gear box or automatic 4 speed put the power to the ground on the rear wheel drive system.  The first generation NSX was reported to produce 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds while producing a pretty admirable 18/24 mpg. Toyota during this period also had its own mid-engine RWD competitor in the ring, the Toyota MR2. Although the MR2 didn’t produce as much horsepower and was less expensive, it too helped create an era where Japanese manufacturers were going after the Ferrari dynamics of a sports car.

The NSX was produced from 1990 up until 2005 when it was discontinued. During that period, it recieved some performance improvements including a larger 3.2 liter V6 engine in 1997 and a facelift in 2002. All of which, were not huge changes to warrant a second generation NSX. Now, however, the second generation has arrived. The 2017 Acura NSX looks nothing like its older sibling. There doesn’t seem to be any lineage resemblances other than the name and drivetrain/engine set up. Additionally, the new NSX is extremely heavy and complicated. It weighs more than 800 pounds over the previous generation and comes equipped with a twin turbo V6, two front mounted vectoring electric motors, 9 speed dual clutch transmission, another electric motor between the transmission and engine,  a hybrid – all wheel drive system, and a smart power management system that allows for four different drive modes among other complicated new technologies. The new NSX produces 573 combined horsepower out of the 3.5l V6 and can do a 0-60 sprint in 3.0 seconds flat. It seems that the extra weight really doesn’t matter that much after all. Acura has done some wonderful engineering with the power to weight ratio interconnection with technology to get the NSX in a blistering sprint.

Does it have its sights on the corvette z06? Possibly. However, a Z06 corvette starts just above $80k and has less technology. The NSX is above $150k . Hmmmm. That’s a very large sum of money for most and is almost entering Ferrari pricing. We think it’s an amazing car with tremendous power and technology. We’re glad the NSX is back. Even though we won’t be purchasing one anytime soon, We believe an iconic car should never be extinct. Welcome back NSX. We missed you.

 

Author: Alexander Alvarez

Updated on 2/11/16

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