The 2017 Acura NSX is now the priciest car built on these shores. The new reigning pricey number gave the $90,000 Dodge Viper the boot in this category (production of the Viper ends this year). The bodacious and predatory looking supercar’s sticker price surprisingly, also tops the All-American muscle car, the Corvette, that can also climb north of the $100,000 mark. With a starting price of $156,000, the NSX series production is set to begin next month at Honda‘s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.
The 2017 NSX which was built in Japan for over two decades has been four years in the making and is being built in this country, so that it does not have to share the spotlight with Euro rivals like Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari. The Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio is the exclusive newly built global manufacturing facility for the all-new mid-engine supercar. According to Clement D’ Souza, the engineering large project leader of the PMC and who managed the creation of the facility, “All of the innovative thinking and hard work that has gone into the creation of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has fulfilled our goal to build a supercar in America. The incredible passion and challenging spirit of our highly skilled associates is readily seen in the world-class quality and incredible dynamic performance of this next generation Honda NSX supercar.”
Approximately 100 associates will build the NSX, and after the luxury car receives 11 coats of paint (including a zirconium bath pre-treatment), workers will toil away for some 14 hours assembling the NSX powertrain, suspension, electronics, cabin components and exterior door panels (they’ll wear leather gloves to prevent any possible nicks). The precision crafted, sports performance vehicle has a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with 573 hp that is hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. Every engine reportedly takes over six hours to complete by hand and is machine balanced. Each of the NSX’s 547 bolts is also manually tightened to precise torque tolerances.
Acura began taking customer orders for its high-end NSX last month. Honda Motor Co. will also reportedly crank out about 800 NSX vehicles per year in Ohio for global shipment.