Almost a month ago, Acura fired up the online configurator for its long-awaited hybrid supercar and now we know the 2017 NSX will hit the assembly line late next month. Deliveries of the US-Spec NSX will begin shortly thereafter while Europeans will start receiving their Honda-badged cars this fall.
Production of the model will take place exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio in United States. As for the engine, this will be hand built at the company’s factory in Anna, Ohio and each engine will take more than six hours to complete.
You won’t be able to get the VIN #001 car as this has been sold already for $1.2 million to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick in January during a Barrett-Jackson auction. The cheapest NSX money can buy will set you back $156,000 in United States where the range-topping version with all the bells and whistles costs $205,700. Some of the extra goodies on offer include carbon ceramic brakes ($9,900), carbon fiber engine cover ($3,600), carbon fiber roof ($6,000), and semi-aniline leather sport seats ($2,500).
There are also two packages adding more carbon fiber both outside ($9,000) and inside ($2,900), along with a technology package ($2,800). The latter encompasses front & rear parking sensors, sat-nav with voice recognition, and a premium sound system.
We remind you the 2017 Acura NSX is powered by a biturbo 3.5-liter V6 engine working together with a trio of electric motors to provide a combined output of 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet. It comes exclusively with a dual-clutch, nine-speed gearbox and tips the scales at 3,803 pounds (1,725 kilograms). On the performance front, the all-wheel-drive NSX will hit 60 mph (96 kph) from a standstill in three seconds and top out at 191 mph (307 kph).
A more hardcore NSX Type R is being considered and it could adopt a rear-wheel drive layout. As a matter of fact, NSX Dynamic Development Leader Nick Robinson says the regular model has a “maintenance mode” which makes the NSX a “drift machine” by enabling a RWD layout and turning off the anti-lock braking system.
If you would rather have a convertible, Robinson hinted a while ago that it could happen at one point during the NSX’s life cycle.