After a long waiting period, we finally got the chance to drive the highly anticipated 2017 Acura NSX. That also means we now have plenty of new technical information to pore over in anticipation of the new Japanese supercar’s arrival next spring.
Let’s get the most important numbers out of the way first. The NSX’s hybrid drivetrain makes a total of 573 hp, the car weighs 3,803 pounds, and it goes on to an approximate top speed of 191 mph. Acura is not providing 0-60 mph acceleration numbers or full pricing quite yet, but we estimate a base price of around $150,000.
The 2017 Acura NSX sources its power from a complex gas-electric powertrain that mates a mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 500-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with a total of three electric motors. The V-6 itself revs up to 7,500 rpm and combines direct- and port-injection. Two electric motors are housed up front to separately drive each front wheel, while a rear-mounted electric motor supplements the V-6’s power and can function as a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery pack. (The NSX is not a plug-in hybrid.)
All this is managed through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. A limited-slip differential is integrated into the transmission, and the front motors can either power the car independently or send extra power to the outside wheel when cornering for torque-vectoring capability. This means that the NSX has all-wheel drive, though different driving modes manage the power differently.
“Quiet” mode optimizes electric-only driving and limits the gas engine to 4,000 rpm. “Sport” mode is the default setting and adds more aggressive throttle mapping and higher shift points, along with enabling the active exhaust and Intake Sound Control systems. “Sport+” mode has even more aggressive throttle mapping and enables max torque from the electric motors. Finally, “Track” mode is meant to deliver the fastest lap times and changes the brake response, gear shifts, and all-wheel-drive system accordingly, while the stability and traction control programs allow the driver more freedom. “Track” mode also causes the battery pack to manage its charge differently so that the torque from the electric motors stays more consistent.
The mid-mounted engine makes for weight distribution of 42 percent front and 58 percent rear, and the car’s curb weight is 3,803 pounds.
The suspension setup consists of a double-wishbone arrangement up front and a multi-link setup in the rear. Magnetorheological dampers are in place at all four wheels. The variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering system incorporates electric power assist.
The 2017 Acura NSX’s braking system combines mechanical and regenerative systems. The standard friction brakes are Brembos, with six-piston calipers and 14.5-inch vented aluminum rotors up front, and four-piston calipers and 14-inch vented aluminum rotors in the rear. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also available as an option.
Continental Conti-Sport Contact 5P tires measure 245/35 in front and 305/30 in the rear, and wrap around 19-inch aluminum wheels. Acura says a more track-focused wheel and tire package will be offered, though it hasn’t yet provided information on that.