The Honda NSX which is sold in some markets as the Acura NSX was Honda’s first ever halo car. The supercar was first unveiled in 1990. At the time, it expressed Honda’s intentions in the supercar segment. Unfortunately, the automaker discontinued the model in 2005. However, the automaker has been plotting a model to revive the brand for the last five years. The first revelation of the model was way back in 2012, when the automaker showcased the NSX in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show and a production version at the same show last year. Now, NSX enthusiasts can sigh with relief as the new 2017 Honda NSX is finally out. Recently, the first model rolled off Honda’s factory in Ohio. The lucky owner is Rick Hendrick, a NASCAR team owner and a car collector. Rick paid a cool $1.2 million for the car during an auction earlier in January to win the honors for the first NSX. Proceeds for the auction were however donated to charity.
The lucky owner is Rick Hendrick, a NASCAR team owner and a car collector. Rick paid a cool $1.2 million for the car during an auction earlier in January to win the honors for the first NSX. Proceeds for the auction were however donated to charity.
Boy! The new model is quite something; Honda has hooked it up with some serious racing credentials. The best feature about the mode is the fact that it can approach as quietly as your regular street car courtesy of its hybrid drive-train. Read along to find out more about this elegant racer from Honda:
2017 Honda NSX Exterior
When crafting the new model, Honda wanted to ensure they met the high standard established by the original model which was a favorite among enthusiasts and collectors. The new model is quite a beauty; some people say it looks like a blend between a McLaren 650LT and Audi R8.
Although very aggressive, its elegant stance is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. The original model was dubbed the first all-aluminum supercar. The new model continues in this trend by using a space-frame design that utilizes aluminum, high-strength steel and other stiff but light materials. Its floor is made of carbon fiber which makes it ultra-rigid.
At the front, the model has an intimidating look characterized by functional air intakes, a pair of sharp blades on the bumpers and LED headlights. Looking at the model from the rear, you would never believe it is a hybrid as it features not one or two but 4 central exhaust tips. The rear also features LED taillights and a diffuser adopted from racing cars.
Its black-colored roof and wide-set taillights are adopted from the original version.
The front and rear suspensions are fully aluminum. Stopping power comes from six-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear ones which grip carbon ceramic brakes. The NSX rides on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels at the front and 20-inch alloys at the rear. The wheels are wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact tires.
The new 2017 Honda NSX will be available in 8 exterior colors.
2017 Honda NSX Interior
Inside, the NSX is very comfortable. Though the seats are customized to grip you and your passenger when you decide to venture into speeds above 150 mph, they are comfortable.
The cabin also features numerous knobs and buttons that aid the driver when one decides to take the model on the race trucks. A TFT screen on the instrument cluster which displays important information of the vehicle. Leather is the standard upholstery material but there is an option for two other fabrics.
The model released featured bright red leather upholstery but there is an option for three other interior colors. Heating and climate controls are placed on the center console which is located below the touch-screen.
For easier driving, the vehicle features Integrated Dynamics System dial control which allows the driver to chose between its modes (Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus and Track).
For fast starts, the model features a launch mode which utilizes both the V-6 engine and power from the electric motors.
Engine Specs and performance
I know you are eager to know what powers the NSX. Well, Honda has hooked up the model with a hybrid engine setup. The system features a turbocharged 3.5 L, V-6 engine. This engine produces 500 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The engine combines with electric motors to produce a combined 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque.
The power is sent to all wheels via a 9-speed dual clutch transmission system. To put this power output into perspective, the model accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 191 mph. Extra juice from the electric motors is stored on the model’s 1.3 kWh battery pack.
The energy stored helps you to go all out in straight stretches of the road; the battery recharges when you slow down at the corners. The model also features driving modes that suit different driving scenarios. This enables you to approach stealthily like a normal coupe in the quiet mode but if you want to create an impression that you are driving a serious car, turning on the Sport Plus mode does the trick as it opens up the V-6 engine to an amazing growl. A few revs while on this mode is sure to turn all heads on the street.
The model is also very efficient with Honda expecting rating it to return in excess of 28 mpg on combined drives.
Price and release date
Though the automaker has already released the first car, sales won’t commence until spring. Honda seems to have hit the jackpot with the NSX as the model has already sold out in some markets.
In UK for example, the NSX is sold out for the next 2 years. The supercar has a starting price of $157,800. Opting for extras can push that price to over $200,000. Enthusiasts are now hoping the automaker will release the hotter and more race-focused NSX Type R.