2017 Acura NSXBase 2dr Coupe

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The new NSX is as contrarian and occasionally conservative as the parent company itself. And it absolutely earns the NSX moniker.
- Automobile
The system uses the electric motors with their instant, brilliant torque, to fill in the powerband while the turbos wake up. There's no lag. None.
- Road & Track
You can hear the turbos while you're driving, but you won't believe they're actually there. The relationship between your right foot and the engine's output is so incredibly linear that you'd swear on your life that the NSX's engine was naturally aspirated.
- Motor Trend

The original NSX made its debut 25 years ago and changed the way people look at exotic sports cars forever. The NSX has returned for a second generation to marry cutting-edge drivetrain technology with the latest advanced construction and design.

The NSX is powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, all combining for a total system power output of 573-hp and 476 lb.-ft of torque. The power is put to the ground via dual front-mounted electric motors that drive the front wheels, while the V6 and a third electric motor power the rear wheels throught a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. Standard features include Brembo brakes, magnetorheological suspension dampers, forged aluminum wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear), Jewel Eye LED headlights, five airbags, capless fuel filler, flush-mounted pop-out door handles, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, LED ambient lighting, leather and Alcantara sport seats, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Available options include carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fibre exterior trim, several wheel choices, a 9-speaker ELS Studio audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio and carbon fibre interior trim.

The NSX is all-new for 2017.


We talk a lot about generations here, but this time it's different: It's been a generation since there's been a new Acura NSX like this.A generation in people years.

Mechanically, it shows it.The original NSX was pure, while this one is wild: wildly synthetic in how it feels, but no less a masterful blending of modern mechanical parts, including electrical motors and batteries along with turbos, servos, clutches and gears.

It's one of the most complex cars ever made, a supercar with scorching performance that can drive like a grocery-getter.Acura says it can accelerate from zero to sixty in three seconds flat, and hit a top speed of 191 miles per hour.

The 2017 Acura NSX can compete on engineering levels with other off-the-chart supercars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, but its real-world rivals are more down-to-earth cars like the Ferrari 408GTB, Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo, or BMW i8.

The body structure is from aluminum and composite panels, with an optional carbon fiber roof.It was designed like a racecar, around aerodynamics, downforce and cooling, and has a front/rear weight ratio of 42/58 percent.It's 176 inches long, with a wheelbase of 103.5 inches, or less than a Honda Civic.It's way lower, at 47.8 inches, a bit wider, at 87.3 inches, and relatively heavy, at 3803 pounds, despite its lightweight structure, on account of all the mechanical and technological complexity and equipment.

The 2017 NSX is an all-wheel-drive hybrid, using a twin-turbocharged 75-degree 3.5-liter V6 making 500 horsepower, and a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.The engine is direct injection and port injection; the turbos provide 15.2 psi of boost, using electric wastegate control.A 47-horsepower electric motor can add power to the engine or be a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery.There's another twin motor located in the front center between the seats, feeding 36 horsepower to the front wheels, varying the power between them; Acura calls it Super Handling-All Wheel Drive, and it helps turn-in.This power drive unit can bring the total horsepower to 573, and can drive the car on its own at a low speed.

The V6 is mounted longitudinally in the car's aluminum spaceframe (the original mid-engined NSX was mounted transversely), over the rear axle.The battery is mounted vertically behind the driver.

The suspension is aluminum double-wishbone with active adaptive magnetic-fluid dampers.The electric power steering is variable ratio.Front brakes are six-piston Brembo with 14.5-inch ventilated rotors and two-piece calipers, rears use four-piston monoblock calipers and 14-inch ventilated rotors.The standard tires are Continental Conti-Sport Contact 5P, 245/35R19s front and 305/30R20s rear.Pirelli tires are an option, as are soft Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for the track.

The engine uses a dry sump oil system that prevents oil starvation from centrifugal force in the corners during hard driving on the track.

The Integrated Dynamics System offers four modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track.The driver can set the quickness of the steering, brakes (mechanical and regenerative), stability control, shock absorbers, engine, transmission, and SH-AWD.Quiet mode goes for fuel mileage and allows electric driving at slow speeds while restricting revs to 4000 rpm.It rates 21 miles per gallon, city or highway, by the EPA.

The NSX is hand-built at Honda's factory in Ohio, and only 800 are planned to be built for 2017.It hasn't been crash tested.


Starting at more than $158,000, the NSX comes with standard with just about everything luxury, including LED ambient interior lighting and an infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free voice control, Apple Car Play, and Google Android Auto.But, strangely, not satellite radio.

Other equipment includes a multi-angle rearview camera, hill-start assist, front and front side airbags, curtain side airbags with rollover sensors, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and a tire-pressure monitor.High-tech safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings, or automatic emergency braking aren't available.

Still, if you want to spend nearly $200,000, it's possible by adding optional performance and technology features such as carbon-ceramic brakes; carbon-fiber roof, engine cover and rear spoiler; or Alcantara headliner.A Technology Package adds a nine-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, AcuraLink telematics service, and front and rear parking sensors.


The new NSX is a sharp, clean wedge with an unfortunate extreme and cartoonish grille that destroys any classic supercar style.Acura designers need to go to Ferrari school and learn from the Italians what style is all about.But maybe the grille is appropriate because it serves to announce that this car is nothing if not a huge, successful compromise.It shouts out of a very big mouth, “I'm the hottest and flashiest Acura ever made!”

The massive mesh air intakes at the corners are fine, powerfully functional, and the framed wing-like LED lights are thin and lovely, but the big mouth in the middle steals your attention and makes you want to turn away, like scary clown lips.

From the side and three-quarter rear, when you don't have to look at the grille, it looks fabulous.Especially from the rear, because it has gorgeous clean hips, broad and chiseled fenders that begin the wedge forward.And the side has sharp aerodynamic edges, with cool ducts all over the place.

Air flows over the low roof and down the backlight, guided into the engine bay and to the clutch cooler, through cooling ducts on the rear fenders; the air comes out through large ducts at the rear.There's a conservative spoiler that, along with a diffuser and telegraphic taillight slots, generates downforce.


There was a lot of emphasis put on ergonomics in the cabin, so much that Acura came up with a design name for it: human-centric.One example of this human-centrism is that the head of a six foot-six inch driver can fit under the roof, and his or her legs can fit under the steering wheel and onto the pedals.

That said, human-centric might only apply to humans willing to come up with extra cash in order to be centric in Acura's eyes.The standard four-way manual seat, with a fixed bottom cushion, isn't as humanly centric as the optional power leather-and-suede seat with lumbar adjustment.

One shocking contradiction is the Honda Pilot-like transmission pushbuttons.There's no lever for the right hand.At least there are paddle shifters, in addition to the pushbuttons that you might not be able to bear to use because they remind you that your $160,000 or $180,000 car borrows parts from a Honda SUV.

Another example of Acura's human-centricism might be the basic arrangement of controls on the center console, what Acura calls Simple Sports Interface.However the 8.0-inch digital display isn't exactly centered around the human, or even pointed toward him or her; the virtual gauges hang on an odd plane, tilted away from the driver.The screen has a big tach that shows in different colors, based on the driving mode.

The flat-topped and flat-bottomed steering wheel contains controls that function a second screen, for the audio and available navigation.Around that screen there are swaths of metallic trim that also outline the dashboard and the rest of the controls.So is a carbon-fiber trim kit that looks just like similar treatments in other luxury and performance cars.That is to say, relentlessly showy and somewhat inexpensive.

Metallic trim notwithstanding, the cabin is plush, with a lot of leather and Alcantara.Lightly treated leather is available.

With the width of the NSX, there's good room for occupants, but not so much for luggage or cargo.The trunk is tiny, at 4.4 cubic feet.And while the forward visibility is excellent, with thin windshield pillars and a low dash, the rearward visibility is wretched, with thick rear pillars and the low seating position.The standard multi-angle rearview camera, and parking sensors, are all the driver has to back up.Look at it this way: you never have to turn your head.

The sounds inside the cabin are sweet, including sweet quiet, if that's what you like, in Quiet mode.There's also a tube carrying the exhaust into the cabin, if that's what you like.The irony is that the natural exhaust, heard from the outside, is ordinary, un-supercar-like.It's enhanced in the cabin.So you're kind of fooled into thinking your car sounds cool, when it's really boring to others.

Driving Impression

Acura says that their engineers spent years working on algorithms that simulate the truest driving signals, to develop the car that synthesizes those signals.We have to scratch our heads to figure that one out.We know, after driving the NSX on the track, that the seat-of-the-pants experience is real enough.But it was created, copied from paper and computer readouts, it didn't come naturally? Is there anything wrong with that? Is it the future?

The handling is progressive, which is how the car can be both a tame grocery-getter and scorching supercar.It can be driven in traffic at 30 mph without being difficult, and it can be driven quickly without feeling loose, pushy, or twitchy.It's seamless between the two places.On the track it likes to driven rhythmically, early turn-in and throttle lift, stable under braking while turning.

Of course, given that there are four modes, there are four driving behaviors.

In Quiet mode, the NSX runs on electric power as much as it can, under 4000 rpm.Sport, the default mode, quickens throttle and shift response, raises the revs, and begins the piping of engine sounds into the cabin.

In Sport+, the display around the tach changes from blue and grey to yellow and red, and the car offers up the full 474 foot-pounds of torque, more sound into the cabin, and heavier steering.

In Track mode, the sound pipes open wide, the air conditioning and audio system goes blank, and launch control is enabled.Track mode maintains the battery 60 percent of full charge, to keep the performance the same from lap to lap.The transmission holds the lower gears in corners, and only upshifts on the straights.It's programmed so well that it's hard to be quicker by using the paddles.We accept it, but we're not sure we like it.It reduces the driver to a point-and-steer robot.Well, the driver is still allowed to gas and brake, but with stability control and anti-lock brakes, the car prevents him or her from going too far.Maybe a better word would be that it protects the driver.

The big Brembo brakes impressively combine mechanical and electric power, regenerated from the motors and regulated by the mode.And electric servo combines the motor braking with friction braking to provide predictable and steady braking.Sensors translate the speed and pressure of the driver's foot to the resistance of the pedal, and it's nearly perfect.

The all-wheel-drive system covers for unsmooth or over-aggressive driving, trading off some pinpoint precision.A misjudged turn-in point can induce some understeer, but the stability systems quickly catch.If your rhythm is correct, the car will respond with precision.Lift, brake, steer smoothly, and the front motors cleanly blend torque to the outside wheel.

Coming out of a turn at speed, you roll on the throttle, unwind the steering wheel, and the NSX will race away from the apex feeling totally neutral.The front motors provide torque or limit spin, while the limited-slip rear differential keeps the rears planted.You can choose how sticky you want to get, with the tires; like in Formula 1, you have hard, medium, and soft, with Continental, Pirelli, or Michelin.


The NSX leaves us with ambivalence.In the end, we think we prefer our supercar to be more of a beast.Sure, it's brilliantly fast, brakes perfectly, and handles impeccably.But the over-exposed styling (ugly grille), impure high-tech instrumentation, and soulless exhaust note are all dealbreakers.And that's pretending that we have $160,000 to spend on a grocery-getter with no storage space.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection.

]Wheels, Front Size
ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotAcuraLink
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Premium BrandAcura/ELS
Premium BrandAcura/ELS
Premium Brand SpeakersAcura/ELS
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers9
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeSimulated suede/leather
Fabric TypeSimulated suede/leather
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimLeather/metal-look
Center console trimLeather/metal-look
Dash trimCarbon fibre/metal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front
Floor matsCarpet front
Reading lightsFront
Reading lightsFront
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather/carbon fibre
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
AC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Angle of Approach9.2 degrees
Angle of Departure12.9 degrees
Front Head Room973 mm
Front Hip Room1,384 mm
Front Leg Room1,087 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,463 mm
Front track1,656 mm
Overall height1,214 mm
Overall Length4,470 mm
Overall Width2,217 mm
Rear track1,617 mm
Wheelbase2,629 mm
Rear door typeTrunk
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Manual Adjustments4
Power Adjustments4
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio3.58
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Limited slip differentialMechanical
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeTwin turbo
Displacement213 cm^3
Electric Motor47 hp
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Electric Motor HP @ RPM3,000 RPM
Electric Motor Torque109 lb.-ft.
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power500 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine573 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine Torque476 lb.-ft.
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Rear Electric Motor36 hp
Rear Electric Motor HP @ RPM4,000 RPM
Rear Electric Motor Torque54 lb.-ft.
Size3.5 L
Torque551 Nm
Total Valves24
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-SULEV30
Exterior Features
GrilleWith metal-look bar
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherDark chrome
Fuel Consumption
City11.1 L/100 km
Combined11.0L/100 km
Highway10.8 L/100 km
CompressorTwin turbo
Compressor Type - VATwin turbo
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA9
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAuto-shift manual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsFixed
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
HeatedMulti-level heating
Lumbar supportPower 4-way
Manual Adjustments4
Manual Adjustments4
Power adjustments4
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
UpholsterySimulated suede/leather
UpholsterySimulated suede/leather
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
activeActive suspension
Driver Adjustable SuspensionRide control
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessSelective service
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsAcuraLink Assist
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Speed RatingY
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width305 mm
Tires, Front
Width245 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds9
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place110 L
Curb weight1,725 kg
EPA interior volume1,246 L
Fuel Capacity59 L
Gross vehicle weight2,040 kg
Max cargo capacity110 L
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents forged aluminum
Rim TypePainted w/carbon fibre inserts forged aluminum
Rim TypePainted forged aluminum
Rim TypePainted forged aluminum
Rim TypePolished w/painted accents forged aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Wheels, Front Size
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Navigation system
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Limited slip differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Leather steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Sport steering wheel
Adaptive suspension
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Acura NSX Base 2dr Coupe, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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