The Acura NSX supercar’s long gestation process is getting longer still, with the company confirming that this new model will begin production in spring 2016, later than a previously announced date of fall 2015. The hybrid supercar will now debut for the 2017 model year, though there’s not yet an official on-sale date.
Acura says the main reason for the delay is the change in engine layout that occured midway through the car’s development process. The original plan called for a naturally aspirated V-6, but engineers decided to add turbochargers which necessitated building a bespoke V-6 engine and switching to a longitudinal configuration, adding time to the engineering process.
By the time it starts production at Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio, the resurrected NSX will have been in the public conscience for over four years. First making its debut in concept form at the 2012 Detroit auto show, the new NSX then debuted in production form at the 2015 Detroit auto show earlier this year. At that debut in January, Acura said that orders for the then-2016 model-year NSX would begin this summer, with deliveries starting later in 2015. All of these dates will be pushed back now, with the car slated to wear a 2017 designation.
When will it go on sale? Jon Ikeda, Acura VP and general manager, told AUTOMOBILE that a company summit with dealers scheduled for October aims to answer that question, along with the company’s NSX pre- and at-launch marketing strategy. Watch this space for further announcements about the buying process for the 2017 Acura NSX, which is expected to wear a price tag of around $150,000.
The 2017 Acura NSX is a resurrection of the original NSX in name and mid-engine layout only. Its powertrain is otherwise thoroughly modern, with a twin-turbo V-6 engine combining with three electric motors for a total of around 550 hp. A nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive put the power down to the road.