A few NSX Prime members attended NSX Fiesta 2016 in Japan this week. NSX Fiesta is a celebration of everything NSX hosted by Honda in Japan. See the discussion thread for more.
Enjoy this interview with NSX project leader Ted Klaus describing design philosophy for the new NSX, and the Sport Hybrid All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system in particular.
Honda just released a new video for the second generation NSX showcasing the Sport Hybrid All Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) by using the car to draw a giant pattern in the ground at El Mirage Dry Lake in California.
During a test drive of the new NSX on the north coast of Taiwan, a journalist ran the car into the concrete barrier separating the lanes of the road. The impact was hard enough to set off the airbags. The journalist claimed he was stung by a bee, causing him to lose control of the car.
It is unclear whether the bee was “huge” and “sting crazy.”
Have you see the iLIFT system yet? It is by far the most advanced car lift system on the market, with the unique capability to operate both manually and automatically by optically sensing inclines and bumps. It is thoughtfully designed and manufactured to the highest standard.
Check out the video above to see for yourself, then see this discussion thread with the inventor and existing customers to learn more and ask any questions of your own. For more information see www.iLIftSystems.com or call 559-464-5438.
Our friends from the NSX Club of Canada appear in an official Acura ad for the new NSX!
Update: As of August 5th, NSXPO is completely sold out. If you missed out and are interested in attending, you can join the waiting list.
Quick note: As of August 3rd, NSXPO 2016 is at 80% of capacity just 48 hours after registration went live. It will probably be full very soon. If you would like to attend and haven’t registered yet, I’d suggest doing so immediately.
See you in Orlando!
Update 2: The NSXCA site is intermittently working again and some people have been able to complete registrations. Give it a shot, and if it’s down, try again later.
Update: The NSXCA website has been down for the 30+ minutes since registration was to have begun. Perhaps the level of interest from people trying to register has overwhelmed the system. Someone will update the NSXPO 2016 registration thread when it is back online.
NSXPO registration opens TODAY (Monday, August 1) at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register online at http://www.nsxca.org/nsxpo
If you have any questions or need assistance, post a message in the official NSXPO 2016 registration thread.
NSXPO is a limited capacity event. Last year registration filled up within a matter of days. Register quickly so you don’t miss out on the biggest NSX event of the year!
See you in Orlando!
There has been much speculation and educated guessing in the owner community in recent years about how many of the slightly less than 9,000 NSXs originally sold in the US remain on the road. Nationwide vehicle registration data recently obtained by NSX Prime puts the number at 6,081 which is slightly below 68% overall.
Here is the breakdown by model year:
What happened to the other ~2,900 NSXs? Well certainly a handful are in museums and private collections. Some are probably owned but not driven for various reasons and thus the owners have not kept registration current. More than a few have also been taken out of the US, either temporarily or permanently (and either legally or illegally!) But the unfortunate majority are simply destroyed, parted out, or dismantled.
Fellow owners, go out and hug your NSX right now!
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, May 24, 2016 — Acura today celebrated the highly anticipated line-off of the first serial production 2017 Acura NSX at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. The PMC is the exclusive manufacturing home to Acura’s next-generation NSX, the only supercar made in America.
“Today marks the realization of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio,” said Clement D’Souza, engineering large project leader for the Acura NSX. “Our world class team of expert technicians, through their passion, has realized major innovations in the design and manufacturing of a next-generation Acura supercar that truly delivers incredible precision crafted performance.”
The first customer, Rick Hendrick, earned the right to custom order the first production NSX with a winning bid of $1.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January. All proceeds from the sale went to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. Hendrick drove his Valencia Red Pearl Acura NSX off the line. VIN 001 features exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fiber upgrades including the engine cover, roof, and rear decklid spoiler.
“The NSX is a pure expression of the Precision Crafted Performance DNA and challenging spirit that defines the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “We can’t wait to give our clients a chance to experience this dream product, and will carry this day’s momentum forward as we continue to invest in and grow Acura.”
“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”
The PMC was designed to blend human craftsmanship and advanced technologies to assure superior build quality and precision crafted performance. The PMC is home to master technicians who developed 12 patent-pending technologies and other advanced methods of producing a made-to-order supercar. PMC associates created sophisticated new manufacturing methods around the unique capabilities and specifications of Acura’s next-generation NSX. Innovations to the NSX construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation process include fully robotic MIG welding of the aluminum-intensive space frame, 14 hours of meticulous hand assembly by 16 highly skilled manufacturing technicians, and a dynamic performance testing and confirmation process drawn from the company’s extensive race experience.
In nearby Anna, Ohio, at the company’s largest engine plant, master builders hand assemble the NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, which is then mated to its advanced 9-speed dual clutch transmission and rear direct drive electric motor. Each NSX engine is machine balanced, bench tested and broken-in to the equivalent of 150 miles of service to ensure that every NSX engine is track-ready upon customer delivery. The engine is installed at the PMC, along with its revolutionary front-mounted Twin Motor Unit, which enables electrically powered torque vectoring, a world’s first capability in the sports car realm.
Development of the Acura NSX involved a global R&D team led by engineers at the Ohio Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio, roughly a mile from the PMC. The final design was created at the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., based on an original concept from the Wako Studio in Japan.
About the Acura NSX
Created to bring a new experience to the supercar segment, the next-generation Acura NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as the first generation NSX did a quarter century ago, the 2017 NSX breaks the mold through a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive power unit, a multimaterial body structure, advanced aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports performance driving on every level without sacrificing comfort. The 2017 Acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. and is produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts. The NSX engine is manufactured at the Anna, Ohio engine plant, also using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Joining the lineup is the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar which is a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.