2017 Acura NSX

It’s been a long time coming but Honda has finally released all the details of the awaited second-generation NSX. Thanks to the lengthy press release, we now know how much power the hybrid twin-turbo V6 makes, amongst other things.

Located behind the cabin, the mid-mounted 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine provides 500 hp between 6,500 and 7,500 rpm, and 550 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm to the rear axle. The petrol unit is assisted by the Twin Motor Unit (TMU), which powers the front axle with an extra 73 hp, taking the total system output to around 573 hp.

2017 Acura NSX

The transmission comes in the form of a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, tuned with a wide ratio range that allows for optimal gear selection in all driving conditions. First gear ratio is configured for maximum launch acceleration, while the close-ratio gears – 2nd through 8th – are perfectly matched to make the most of the power unit’s power band. The final gear is for fuel efficiency during highway cruising.

As for the TMU, the unit gets all the necessary juices from the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU)/Power Drive Unit (PDU) consisting of a lithium-ion battery pack and a high-voltage distribution bus bar.

2017 Acura NSX

Honda hasn’t confirmed if the NSX can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds but that’s what the automaker is aiming with its latest supercar. The top speed is capped at approximately 307 km/h, according to the press release.

On the chassis front, the NSX benefits from a Multi-Material body, built with new materials and construction methods for optimum rigidity. That said, the NSX isn’t the lightest supercar around. Despite its compact dimensions, the car tips the scale at 1,725 kg, which is in the bulky Nissan GT-R’s territory.

2017 Acura NSX

The cutting-edge construction is paired with all-aluminium suspension at both ends, with the latest active magnetorheological dampers. The front suspension is a double wishbone with double ball joint lower arm for better steering feedback while the rear suspension employs an independent multi-link design.

Elsewhere, the NSX features the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which has four selectable drive modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. Quiet is essentially an EV mode that limits the engine speed to 4,000 rpm; Sport is the default setting in normal vehicle operation; Sport+ maximises drivetrain and steering response for a more spirited driving; while Track is the most aggressive setting made purely for track enthusiasts.

2017 Acura NSX

Braking power, meanwhile, comes from 14.5-inch ventilated discs with a six-piston aluminium block calipers up front and 14-inch discs with four-piston aluminium block calipers at the rear. These Brembo units hide behind the 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) Y-spoke wheels, which are wrapped in 245/35- and 305/30-section Continental Conti-Sport Contact 5P tyres.

 

 

 



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