2020 Acura NSX - Driven
Most supercars live a life of unexplored potential. In a world where a Toyota Camry can hit 60 mph in a once-shocking six seconds, and six-figure performance machines have to cut that time in half to be relevant, few cars can be pushed to their limits in legal conditions. And the higher the limits, the fewer the chances you have to approach them. That means most supercars spend their days flaunting their looks — along with the prestige associated with their extreme capabilities — between occasional bursts of all-out speed.
The Engine Inside the Acura NSX Is Way More Intricate Than You Thought
Supercars are fascinating for a handful of reasons. Their body kits must be both appealing and highly-functional to fulfill tasks that relate to aerodynamics and cooling, while their engines must deliver the best available levels of performance. These aspects, joined by the use of fancy materials and whatnot, make a supercar’s price skyrocket.
However, it’s also the attention to detail that matters in a supercar. Take the Acura NSX’s V-6, for example. Like the powerplants found inside most of its peers, it’s hand-built. The whole process takes place inside a specialized facility spanning over 4,000 square feet, part of the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.
Acura Marks 30 Years Since The NSX Prototype Debuted At The Chicago Auto Show
On February 9th, 1989, Acura unveiled what would become the first generation of the NSX, the V-6 mid-engined supercar for people who loved the idea of Ferrari-like performance inside a car that kept all the core user-friendly values of any Honda. Acura was only three years old when the world first saw the clean, elegant, and sporty silhouette of the red prototype uncovered under the lights of the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The prototype was shorter and narrower than the final production version, but the media was alight right away, and praise came almost immediately. Honda kept the NSX in production until 2005 when the NA2 version that still retained many of the original styling cues was retired. Nowadays, we’re enjoying a radically different sports car from Honda that bears the name NSX so it’s interesting to go back and look at the car that started the myth.
Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
2017 Acura NSX Type R
The second-generation Acura NSX was introduced in 2015, eight years after the Japanese firm announced that a new supercar is under development. The new NSX succeeds the original sports car that was produced in Japan from 1990 to 2005, but unlike its predecessor, the second-gen car uses a hybrid drivetrain and a significantly more upscale interior.
Despite the new 2016 Acura NSX having been somewhat outshined by the 2017 Ford GT at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the model’s sleeves are still filled with a few more aces. The most important one will obviously be the expected Type R variant, which was somewhat officially confirmed by Ted Klaus, the chief engineer in charge of the second-generation Acura NSX. Set to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017 at the latest, the new Acura NSX Type R will probably give nightmares to the engineers in charge of the Nissan GT-R R36, which is also currently in development.
The "regular" 2016 NSX puts out a total of 573 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque. The mid-mounted V-6 mill delivers 500 ponies and 406 pound-feet, while the electric motor between the engine and transmission cranks out an additional 47 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. Two motors on the front axle each generate 36 horsepower and 54 pound-feet. With the additional power that would come with the additional of a Type R badge, the Type R should be one hell of a ride.
The 1991 to 2005 NSX spawned a Type R version about two years into the product-cycle, first as a Japan-only Honda and then as an Acura in the United States as well. With over 250 pounds of weight removed compared to the standard NSX, the Type R offered blistering track performance but a much more low-tech cabin due to its lack of air conditioning and less sound-deadening materials. The new NSX Type R will probably not be as barebones as the first generation though, with most of the performance additives coming from the improved hybrid technology sported by the model.
Updated 06/28/2016: Based on the recent rumors, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming NSX Type R. Let us know in the comments section below what do you thin about it.
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The original Acura NSX went on sale in 1990 and pretty much turned the supercar world upside down. It was fast, powerful, and it represented what every supercar wanted to be. Very rarely does a Japanese supercar make an Italian titan like Ferrari look over its shoulder. The original NSX did just that. It’s too early to say if the successor to that model, the 2016 Acura NSX, will do the same thing, but when you consider the current state of the supercar segment today, it has to be even more special than the original if it has any hope of standing out.
The latest episode of Ignition sought to shed some light on what we can expect from the NSX when it hits the market in 2016. Motor Trend featured editor, Jason Cammisa, was given the task of giving the NSX a proper shakedown. Cammisa dove deep into Acura’s new supercar, providing quality analysis on some of the NSX’s most notable features — including its torque-vectoring capabilities, its multitude of driving modes, and most importantly, its “supercar-ness”.
The Acura NSX has all the elements to be a true supercar. But, is it going to be as popular as the model that forced Ferrari to rethink its own philosophies? The early returns seem to be on the ‘nay’ side, but only because the original NSX set the bar so high that nothing short of a five-star supercar would be good enough for it. The new NSX looks to be a winner, but a five-star winner? Suffice it to say, it’s got a lot to prove to be able to reach that status.
The long-awaited second generation 2016 Acura NSX is slated to finally hit the streets in 2016. This week, there’s a custom-built 1991 Acura NSX convertible advertised at a used-car lot in Massachusetts making the rounds of the Internet, and it’s a reminder that a roadster version of the 2016 NSX is all but a foregone conclusion. A series of renderings picked up by a Dutch online newspaper show patent-office photos of a car that looks suspiciously like an NSX with a removable roof panel.
Acura hasn’t released any details or even confirmed that a convertible version of the NSX is planned (no prototypes have been spied in testing that we know of, either), but it’s a safe bet that such a car would follow the coupe’s introduction within a year or so, and use the same hybrid-boosted V-6, all-wheel drive and nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission as the coupe.
There was never a convertible version of the original NSX, so the body rigidity of the roadster in Massachusetts might be a little suspect, especially since there’s no mention of who built it. The conceptual images that have surfaced show what appears to be a removable roof panel that leaves a sculpted rear deck when down, similar to the drop-top version of the new NSX that appeared in the 2012 Marvel blockbuster The Avengers, with Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark at the wheel.This design also looks like it retains much of the coupe’s structural rigidity.
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Meet the Once and Future King.
It doesn’t always pay to be the first at everything — just ask everyone who ever left on a boat, never to be seen again. Honda was indeed sailing into uncharted waters when it released the original NSX — a budget-priced supercar that handles, idles and actually starts when you turn the key? "Variable valve timing?" What’s that? The NSX was in many ways an unwelcome revelation for sports car makers worldwide, a game-changer that forced hands and preceded a revolution in sports-car design, refinement and sophistication.
Honda paid for it, too. The original NSX was a critical wunderkind, a dadaist poke in the eye of "serious" sports car makers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, and later, Lambo’s corporate cousin Audi. Almost immediately, those companies responded to the NSX by releasing new designs that were increasingly docile around town, faster and safer on the highway, and (most importantly) laden with horsepower, gadgets, computers and luxury options well outside of Honda’s budget ballpark. It’s not easy to justify a $100,000 surcharge for a badge alone.
Now, the Empire of the Rising Sun strikes back, rising to meet the Italians and Germans right in their own market. Ever wonder what Honda could have done with $100,000, and a point to prove? Yes, indeed — The Once and Future King is back to reclaim his throne. And this time, he’s coming with all the hardware he needs to meet the usurpers on level ground. Let the war begin.
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Now that the downright tsunami waves spawned by the 2015 Detroit Auto Show have somewhat settled, a rather important first world problem has emerged. With both Acura and Ford competing for the spotlight using a V-6-powered supercar that is in essence a rebirth of an icon from each carmaker, only one of them can be crowned as the winner at some point in time. I say this because even though the Acura NSX and the Ford GT were unveiled at the same time, almost a year will separate them from the time each one enters production, not to mention the fact that the GT was just a concept car and not the road-going variant.
With that being said, despite not sharing the exact same sphere of aficionados, the two upcoming supercars will most definitely get cross-shopped at some point in their lives, and that will happen for a number of reasons other than the whole "I have a V-6, you have a V-6" thing going on at first glance. While pricing hasn’t been yet revealed for either the NSX or the GT, a $125,000 to $150,000 starting MSRP common on both isn’t out of the question.
Despite offering "just" 550+ horsepower, the 2016 Acura NSX may be at least as fast as the 600+ horsepower Ford GT, mainly thanks to the fact that its twin-turbocharged V-6 will also be augmented by no less than three electric motors (read: plenty more torque) and its traction off the line should be superior thanks to all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Ford GT will be all about old-school brawn, a twice-as-long family lineage and quite a bit higher motorsport credentials, as it will also be doubled by a Le Mans racing car. Buying the NSX or waiting for the GT is actually a much harder decision than I initially imagined, as both supercars seem to have an equal number of strengths. Thankfully - or not, actually - I don’t have the money for either one so it is only a hypothetical decision. Would you jump at the NSX or would you wait for the GT?
Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX and Ford GT
Even though most of the glory expected by the 2016 NSX was stolen by the bonkers-looking Ford GT concept car in Detroit, it seems that Acura/Honda is only getting started in this segment, as an even more powerful and lighter NSX Type R model is already in the works. Of course, its actual horsepower and weight are still a bit of a mystery, as the only official numbers regarding the NSX’s powerplant mention "over 550 horsepower." With that being said, a future NSX Type R should probably get more than 600 horsepower, along with a major reduction in weight.
Most of the information above comes straight from Ted Klaus, the chief engineer for the new Acura NSX, who confirmed it during an interview with Auto Express during the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Considering that the first-generation NSX saw a Type R variant some two years after its official unveil, the earliest we could see a version of the new one would probably be 2017. Nevertheless, the simple fact that the carmaker is considering something even more hardcore and maybe even track-ready is enough to make us get all hopped up.
Naturally, pretty much every detail concerning the new NSX-R can only be regarded as speculation right now, but there should be plenty of different features on the model to make it worthy of the red "R" nameplate. The original NSX Type R didn’t even have an audio or air-conditioning system, thus dropping quite a lot of weight compared to the already-light NSX, so a drastic weight loss should also be expected from the future model, along with redesigned suspension kinematics and even more horsepower.
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By far the two biggest gossip subjects at the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show, the 2017 Ford GT and 2016 Acura NSX may have ended up as premiers at the same show simply because of Ford’s marketing paranoia and combative stance. Why else was then almost every media outlet taken by surprise when Ford let it slip that an all-new GT will be unveiled in Detroit?
Let me explain: unlike the Acura NSX, which will start production and reach dealerships during the course of 2015, the upcoming Ford GT is rather far from finishing its development. Its actual production may start as late as the Summer of 2016 at the earliest, in order to also coincide with 50 years since the GT40 impressively won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Further more, a racing version of the new GT could also signal Ford’s return to the grueling endurance race, albeit a pre-production prototype of either variant is yet to be caught by spy photographers.
You shouldn’t be regarded as a conspiracy theorist in believing that the blue GT that bowed in Detroit is simply a concept car built to test the waters, while the actual production version is still at least a year from being revealed. What does it have to do with the NSX, you ask? Well, in theory the two supercars are rather different from each other, despite both expected to compete for similar customers (read: people who want an American-made mid-engine supercar that’s cheaper than a Ferrari or Lamborghini with similar specs). My feeling is that Ford didn’t want Acura to run away with all the supercar laurels at the 2015 NAIAS and decided at the very last moment to bring the unchiseled GT to detract from the NSX’s attention.
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One of the most awaited supercars is no doubt the 2016 NSX (or Acura NSX, depending on the market). The NSX has been up and down so many times, that at some point we had no idea what to believe anymore, but once the 2012 NSX Concept was unveiled it became pretty clear that the company was serious about getting the name back on the market.
It looks like people were very impressed by the NSX, as Honda has received an unprecedented demand for the supercar. This made the company to open a pre-order bank for the NSX and any customer depositing a total of £5,000 ($7,600 at the current exchange rates) can be among the first customers to get it. Not until 2015, unfortunately.
Honda already received a total of 25 deposits for the NSX, so maybe it will rethink its decision of offering the NSX as a limited edition.
Hit the jump to read Honda’s press release.
It looks like bad news does not cease when it comes to the upcoming Acura NSX. The supercar has been up and down so many times what we have already lost count and now it looks like when the model finally arrives on the market will be very expensive. It’s even more expensive — significantly more — than the Nissan GT-R, which comes in at a massive $97,820.
According to Honda spokesman, Chris Martin, the upcoming NSX is "going to be a technological marvel." Unfortunately, this marvel will likely come at a hefty price, as rumors suggest that it will be priced at about €100,000 – about $130,000 at the current exchange rates. Martin also confirmed the next NSX will use a mid-engine layout and a complex hybrid powertrain that will send power to all four wheels.
The NSX supercar will be built at Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio starting in 2015 and will be the first hand-built sports car Honda has ever built outside of Japan.
Life is indeed imitating art in the case of Robert Downey Jr.
No, he hasn’t turned his Hollywood gig of a full-fledged super hero into a real life career, but what he did do is attend the Avengers premier in Hollywood the only way his on-screen alter-ego, Tony Stark, knows how: in grand style.
Instead of being driven in a limousine that is pretty much SOP with premieres, Downey, together with his wife, decided to drive the $9 million Acura NSX Roadster to the premiere at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
Sticking with the movie, the NSX Roadster was accompanied by a number of Acura models bearing the S.H.I.E.L.D emblem, possibly to keep Downey Jr. safe in case Loki comes out and tries to eviscerate him.
For a man that revived his career with one hit after another, Downey could very well end up becoming associated as Tony Stark - and for some hard core fans, Iron Man - in the real world.
And if you’re going to try to fit into those shoes, you might as well do it looking ridiculously cool behind the wheel of a $9 million movie/superduper car.
The 2012 Detroit Auto Show will be held in less than a month and as expected, more and more automakers are announcing their line-up for the show. For example, Bentley just provided details on its Continental GT V8 and Acura has announced their list of debuts for the show. The line-up includes an all-new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car.
The ILX Concept previews an all-new luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Spring 2012. It will be offered with a choice of three powertrains including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid. For the 2013 RDX, Acura has shifted its attention, much like everyone else, to improving the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Acura’s new Supercar Concept will take top billing in this showcase, with future plans for a production NSX consuming our minds. This concept was announced at the same time Honda CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the next NSX would be a high-performance exotic sports car. The company is currently working on a 3.5-3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine in combination with a twin electric motor set-up powered by lithium-ion batteries. This motor will have a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range, giving it great amounts of torque.
Another source told AutoExpress that the Dual Note 4WD Hybrid Concept from the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show was the first glimpse at the technology that will underpin the NSX. This concept was powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine which sent power to the rear wheels, while in-wheel electric motors sent power to the front. This setup delivered an output of over 400 HP.
"Acura has a steady cadence of exciting new models coming to market and it will all begin in Detroit," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales and service. "From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility."
Image above is of the Supercar Concept as seen on the movie set for The Avengers.
RIP NSX. Honda announced today that the NSX program is dead. Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced the move in a speech that all development of the car would be canceled. It seems that the company has changed its previous statement. Back in October he told Autocar that, "the new supercar is necessary for Honda". Honda will now focus its efforts on (gasp) hybrid cars.
This is a bad time for car enthusiasts, but we kinda knew this was coming. Halo cars are fun, but in times of deep economic troubles, retrenchment strategies are aplenty and come quick. The first to go are the low-volume fun cars. The NSX was not the first to be chopped, and it won’t be the last (now taking odds on the Lexus LFA.)
If there is any hope to come from this news is that we all know how efficient Honda is. We’ve seen the development cars for the NSX, which means that Honda has a large engineering and financial investment in the V10 sports car. So we can all hope (fingers crossed) that when the world economy recovers, Honda will be quick to use a lot of the technology developed in this NSX program to quickly bring a supercar to the market.