The original NSX has been, and still is, one of the most loved cars ever made. Why? Well, the answer is quite easy because the car used a very simple recipe of a reliable and powerful engine and a lightweight chassis. Throughout the years things changed and manufacturers were forced to make safer cars than before. This not only increased their weight but it also made the cars worse to drive and not that fast which means that in order to succeed an old car, the new version would have to be outstanding.
Well, Acura actually tried this when they released the all new 2017 Acura NSX which is a brand new model on the market that is set to compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini, just like its predecessor did. However, unlike the original NSX, the new one is quite heavy and it doesn’t follow the same simple recipe. Instead, it is one of the most high-tech super-cars of today and despite its massive performance levels, it falls short of the enjoyment levels the original was capable of.
2017 Acura NSX Price and Release Date
The car will be available for sale starting with the first half of 2016 and the price is expected to be more than $150,000 which makes it nearly three times more expensive than the second most expensive Acura which might make it a rather tough sell.
However, the car does employ a lot of new technologies such as an aluminum chassis which has been designed specifically to accommodate its hybrid drivetrain. This is also a rather big drawback because it means that the car is not using carbon fiber as the main material which makes it quite a bit heavier than its competitors. This means that the driving characteristics are simply not as good and while the 2017 Acura NSX offers the straight line performance of any other super-car, it falls short in the driving pleasure department.
2017 Acura NSX Specs
Engine wise, the car is using a rather strange setup. In the middle it has installed a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which is mounted transversely. This means it is mated to the same gearbox found in most other Acura models, a 9 speed dual-clutch automatic which sends all the power to the rear wheels. Despite being twin-turbocharged, the petrol engine only makes 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque which is a lot less than what we hoped. However, the engine is boosted by three different electric motors, one sandwiched between the petrol engine and its gearbox and two driving the front wheels for a total output of 573 horsepower and a lot of torque.
This allows the NSX to have a true torque vectoring system which allows it to have incredibly performance on the track. Unfortunately, just like with the McLaren 570S, the car has been criticized for being too good. This means that it does offer great performance where it counts but it does it without any drama which may hurt a super-car in terms of sales. The great part about this setup is that it allows the car to run in electric mode only at speeds of up to 40 MPH which is quite good for a super-car.
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Interior of New 2017 Acura NSX
Inside the cabin the 2017 Acura NSX is quite tame and comfortable which is to be expected from an Acura. The seats are very comfortable with more than enough side-support while the materials are above the average with ease. There aren’t all that many features though with only a medium sized infotainment system and the climate control center being present on the dashboard. The exterior is a bit more impressive but it unfortunately doesn’t take anything from the original which is a bit of a shame.
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