Launched last year, this reincarnation of a JDM icon created quite a stir in the global automotive industry. The first generation NSX built from 1990 through 2005 reflected the exuberance of Japan’s economic boom.
With an F1 legend as its endorser, the NSX was reliable and more affordable as it shamed the Ferrari V8’s on and off the race tracks. The world's first production car with an all-aluminum body, the NSX developed a name for itself over the course of the 1990s as a practical exotic, a high-performance, mid-engine car that could be driven every day.
Which brings us to the latest incarnation, a hybrid design with 2 electric motors driving the front wheels, and a rear electric motor working with a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 in a layout reminiscent of the far pricier limited-edition Porsche 918. It's perhaps surprising how little overall system power the electric engines offer given their extra weight and complexity. The V6 produces 500 hp @ 7500 rpm, while total system power with the electric engines is 573 hp. 73 hp by itself doesn't seem like a lot, but the real benefit is in the details. The active AWD from the front electric motors offers direct yaw control for improved agility and responsiveness, plus the immediate torque response works with the engine to fill any gaps in power delivery. Added benefits include available modes for improved fuel efficiency and even silent operation up to about 40 mph. Performance specs include a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.
The NSX has been tested and tuned on streets and race circuits around the world. In addition to the Transportation Research Center in Ohio and on-road testing, primary development tracks were Virginia International Raceway, the famed Nürburgring in Germany and at Honda's own Takasu test circuit in Hokkaido, Japan.
The NSX is manufactured at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally-sourced parts. The PMC was designed to innovate new means and methods of producing low-volume specialty cars and to realize challenging new ideas for next‑generation craftsmanship and quality established by the NSX manufacturing team. The Performance Manufacturing Center employs approximately 100 associates, including 70 highly skilled manufacturing technicians engaged in body construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation of the NSX. Among its many innovative processes is the world's first use of all-robotic MIG welding for the construction of the aluminum space frame.
The bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the NSX is meticulously hand-assembled by expert technicians at the company's engine plant in Anna, Ohio, using techniques and processes benchmarked against the company's world-class race engineering programs. Each engine is bench tested and broken in to the equivalent of 150 miles of driving. The 9DCT, Direct Drive Motor and engine are machine-balanced and assembled at the Anna Engine Plant. The TMU and other hybrid system components are built in Japan and sent directly to the PMC for fitment in the NSX.
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