When the first examples reach customers this spring, the 2017 Acura NSX will cost $157,800, including a $1,800 destination charge. Fully loaded with every option, Acura says the NSX will top out at $207,500. Dealers will begin taking orders for the 2017 Acura NSX on February 25, the same day an online web configurator for the hybrid car will debut at Acura.com. As a build-to-order model, buyers will be able to pick from eight exterior colors, three seating trims and four interior color schemes, with the options list including goodies like three wheel designs, a carbon-fiber roof, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a carbon-fiber interior trim package. NSX shoppers will even be able to elect to visit the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, to watch their car being assembled. Within the realm of high-power sports cars, the 2017 Acura NSX’s sticker puts it within spitting distance of a Porsche 911 Turbo coupe (starting from $160,795) and a Mercedes-AMG GT S ($130,825). Compared to other hybridized sports cars, the NSX is close in price to the far less powerful BMW i8 plug-in hybrid ($141,695), but is a fraction of the cost of the sold-out and ultra-high-performance McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. The 2017 Acura NSX uses aluminum construction and has an advanced hybrid powertrain, with a 500-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 and nine-speed dual-clutch automatic sending power to the rear wheels. There’s also a 47-hp electric motor/generator attached to the transmission, as well as a twin-motor front unit that provides torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Total peak power is 573 hp. The result is a sports car that is technically brilliant and yet still thrilling to drive, we said when we recently drove the car. “The new NSX is as contrarian and occasionally conservative as the parent company itself. And it absolutely earns the NSX moniker. … But the 2017 Acura NSX isn’t soft rock. More like a power ballad.” Who gets the first one?
You might remember a commercial in which Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld fight over who gets the very first production copy of the new NSX. Fortunately, Acura has found a very equitable solution to the problem. The very first production-ready 2017 Acura NSX, VIN 001, will not be offered to either celebrity but will instead head to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January. Proceeds from the sale will benefit children’s charities. That makes the NSX the first new Acura vehicle to be sold at a charity auction.