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Acura Type S Concept to Debut in Monterey – Brand’s Precision Crafted Performance Takes Shape

  • Concept sets the stage for the return of Type S performance variants and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S
  • Design team set out to shape a striking expression of Acura performance with a powerful stance and expressive silhouette
  • Acura to debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years

Acura returns to Monterey Car Week, one of the world’s top gatherings of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts, to debut the Type S Concept. Following its world premiere at a private Acura reception Thursday, August 15, the Acura Type S Concept will publicly debut on Friday, August 16 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. It will then be showcased at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn on Sunday, August 18.

Representing a fundamental step toward fulfilling Acura’s return to Precision Crafted Performance, which started with the debut of the second-generation NSX, the Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S.

The Acura design team set out to express the essence of Precision Crafted Performance through stance and proportion, crafting a silhouette that is powerful and expressive, yet clean and cohesive. Building on the foundational beauty and style of the Acura Precision Concept, the Type S Concept’s powerful form is characterized by a wide track and low stance, with an expansive hood that stretches forward from the A-pillars.

“The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.”

Performance at the Core
“We’ve been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director. “The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design.”

The Type S Concept showcases new elements of Acura design including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye® LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and “Chicane” daytime running lights and taillights, both drawing inspiration from the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car.

Refined Style Meets Raw Emotion
Building off its powerful stance, the Type S Concept’s front fascia reflects both form and function. Large center and side intakes are capable of supplying required airflow to a high-performance engine and brake package, with fascia detailing evolved from the NSX and Acura Precision Concept. The headlights are underscored, literally, by translucent white “Chicane” LEDs that serve double duty as running lights and turn signals.

The front fascia transitions to a side profile that communicates both power and elegance. Sheer surfaces and continually shifting angles are balanced by sharp, intersecting lines that create the impression that every surface is changing shape as it flows front to rear. Sheer side surfaces gradually open-up to muscular rear wheel arches, emphasizing the concept’s wide track.

A sharp and distinctive tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. “Chicane” LED taillights, a large rear diffuser and quad chrome exhaust outlets complete the look.

In addition to the rear decklid spoiler, forged carbon – created by bonding layers of carbon on top of one another to exceed the strength of traditional interwoven carbon – is applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler and multi-spoke 21-inch wheels.

A “square” 285-series summer tire setup ensures high levels of grip in the most dynamic of driving situations. All four corners feature drilled Brembo™ high-performance brakes with four-piston calipers, providing ample stopping power and an aggressive appearance.

The Concept’s bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” paint reflects a liquid and electric hue that pays homage to blue Type S heritage models, including the acclaimed 2007-2008 TL Type S. “Double Apex Blue Pearl” employs Nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat that impart a sense of fluidity and motion, and enhance the paint’s luster and brilliance.

The Acura Type S Concept was conceived by the Acura Design Studio in California, led by executive creative director, Dave Marek, and chief designer, Ben Davidson and will be showcased throughout Monterey Car Week. After its private debut at an Acura hosted event Aug. 15, it will make its public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 16, with a press conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The Type S Concept will also be on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 18.

 

Acura Type S Heritage 
A fundamental step in fulfilling the promise of Precision Crafted Performance, Acura will debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years, starting with the second-generation TLX Type S. Type S models will deliver a high performance driving experience with quicker acceleration, nimbler handling and stronger braking performance than conventional Acura models. From 2001 through 2008, four Type S models set the standard for Acura performance in North America:

  • 2001-2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S: The Type S performance line debuted with the 2001 Acura 3.2CL Type S. It featured a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower (upgraded from 225 hp), a 5-speed automatic with a manual shift function, quicker steering, 17-inch wheels and tires and a sport-tuned suspension. In its final model year, a 6-speed manual transmission was available.
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL Type S: Debuting a year after the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S featured the same performance-tuned engine and transmission, and similar suspension, wheel and tire upgrades. Unlike the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S was not available with a manual transmission.
  • 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type S: The RSX Type S joined the family in 2002, powered by a new 2.0-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower (upgraded from 160 hp) connected exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission. In 2005, the RSX Type S received a power increase to 210 horsepower, along with styling changes that included an eye-catching larger rear wing.
  • 2007-2008 Acura TL Type S: The third-generation Acura TL rejoined the Type S lineup in 2007 and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 286 horsepower (upgraded from 3.2-liter V6 with 258 hp), a 6-speed manual transmission, 4-piston Brembo brakes, sport suspension, upgraded wheels and tires and distinctive quad exhaust.  

Precision Crafted Performance: Reborn
Coinciding with its 30th anniversary in 2016, Acura set a new course for its future, turning its focus back to its original and authentic roots as a performance-focused luxury brand. The second-generation Acura NSX launched as the pinnacle expression of Precision Crafted Performance kicking off the brand’s determined focus on a future that was first and foremost about performance.

In 2016, the foundations for a new design language were set with the debut of the Acura Precision Concept. Drawing inspiration from NSX, the Precision Concept adopted a supercar stance and sheer, alluring surfaces that pointed to a bolder more distinctive future for Acura design. The Concept also showcased key new production styling cues, including edgier lines and Acura’s signature new Diamond Pentagon grille, which were quickly adopted across the entire lineup, most recently on the 2019 ILX compact sports sedan.

Acura also expanded its sporty A-Spec package to all core models, attracting younger, more enthusiast-oriented customers in the process. In early 2018, the brand announced its intention to re-establish Type S performance variants in its line-up, and the development of a new, Acura-exclusive, turbocharged V6 engine. In June of last year, Acura launched the 2019 RDX as the first in a new generation of Acura models designed from the ground up around Precision Crafted Performance. In its first year, the third-generation RDX has become the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment, setting multiple consecutive all-time monthly sales records.

The brand has also seen a highly successful return to sports car racing in North America. Acura teams and drivers fielding the NSX GT3 Evo and ARX-05 Daytona Prototype currently lead both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD and DPi classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Type S Concept to Debut in Monterey – Brand’s Precision Crafted Performance Takes Shape

  • Concept sets the stage for the return of Type S performance variants and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S
  • Design team set out to shape a striking expression of Acura performance with a powerful stance and expressive silhouette
  • Acura to debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years

Acura returns to Monterey Car Week, one of the world’s top gatherings of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts, to debut the Type S Concept. Following its world premiere at a private Acura reception Thursday, August 15, the Acura Type S Concept will publicly debut on Friday, August 16 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. It will then be showcased at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn on Sunday, August 18.

Representing a fundamental step toward fulfilling Acura’s return to Precision Crafted Performance, which started with the debut of the second-generation NSX, the Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S.

The Acura design team set out to express the essence of Precision Crafted Performance through stance and proportion, crafting a silhouette that is powerful and expressive, yet clean and cohesive. Building on the foundational beauty and style of the Acura Precision Concept, the Type S Concept’s powerful form is characterized by a wide track and low stance, with an expansive hood that stretches forward from the A-pillars.

“The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.”

Performance at the Core
“We’ve been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director. “The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design.”

The Type S Concept showcases new elements of Acura design including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye® LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and “Chicane” daytime running lights and taillights, both drawing inspiration from the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car.

Refined Style Meets Raw Emotion
Building off its powerful stance, the Type S Concept’s front fascia reflects both form and function. Large center and side intakes are capable of supplying required airflow to a high-performance engine and brake package, with fascia detailing evolved from the NSX and Acura Precision Concept. The headlights are underscored, literally, by translucent white “Chicane” LEDs that serve double duty as running lights and turn signals.

The front fascia transitions to a side profile that communicates both power and elegance. Sheer surfaces and continually shifting angles are balanced by sharp, intersecting lines that create the impression that every surface is changing shape as it flows front to rear. Sheer side surfaces gradually open-up to muscular rear wheel arches, emphasizing the concept’s wide track.

A sharp and distinctive tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. “Chicane” LED taillights, a large rear diffuser and quad chrome exhaust outlets complete the look.

In addition to the rear decklid spoiler, forged carbon – created by bonding layers of carbon on top of one another to exceed the strength of traditional interwoven carbon – is applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler and multi-spoke 21-inch wheels.

A “square” 285-series summer tire setup ensures high levels of grip in the most dynamic of driving situations. All four corners feature drilled Brembo™ high-performance brakes with four-piston calipers, providing ample stopping power and an aggressive appearance.

The Concept’s bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” paint reflects a liquid and electric hue that pays homage to blue Type S heritage models, including the acclaimed 2007-2008 TL Type S. “Double Apex Blue Pearl” employs Nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat that impart a sense of fluidity and motion, and enhance the paint’s luster and brilliance.

The Acura Type S Concept was conceived by the Acura Design Studio in California, led by executive creative director, Dave Marek, and chief designer, Ben Davidson and will be showcased throughout Monterey Car Week. After its private debut at an Acura hosted event Aug. 15, it will make its public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 16, with a press conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The Type S Concept will also be on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 18.

 

Acura Type S Heritage 
A fundamental step in fulfilling the promise of Precision Crafted Performance, Acura will debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years, starting with the second-generation TLX Type S. Type S models will deliver a high performance driving experience with quicker acceleration, nimbler handling and stronger braking performance than conventional Acura models. From 2001 through 2008, four Type S models set the standard for Acura performance in North America:

  • 2001-2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S: The Type S performance line debuted with the 2001 Acura 3.2CL Type S. It featured a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower (upgraded from 225 hp), a 5-speed automatic with a manual shift function, quicker steering, 17-inch wheels and tires and a sport-tuned suspension. In its final model year, a 6-speed manual transmission was available.
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL Type S: Debuting a year after the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S featured the same performance-tuned engine and transmission, and similar suspension, wheel and tire upgrades. Unlike the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S was not available with a manual transmission.
  • 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type S: The RSX Type S joined the family in 2002, powered by a new 2.0-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower (upgraded from 160 hp) connected exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission. In 2005, the RSX Type S received a power increase to 210 horsepower, along with styling changes that included an eye-catching larger rear wing.
  • 2007-2008 Acura TL Type S: The third-generation Acura TL rejoined the Type S lineup in 2007 and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 286 horsepower (upgraded from 3.2-liter V6 with 258 hp), a 6-speed manual transmission, 4-piston Brembo brakes, sport suspension, upgraded wheels and tires and distinctive quad exhaust.  

Precision Crafted Performance: Reborn
Coinciding with its 30th anniversary in 2016, Acura set a new course for its future, turning its focus back to its original and authentic roots as a performance-focused luxury brand. The second-generation Acura NSX launched as the pinnacle expression of Precision Crafted Performance kicking off the brand’s determined focus on a future that was first and foremost about performance.

In 2016, the foundations for a new design language were set with the debut of the Acura Precision Concept. Drawing inspiration from NSX, the Precision Concept adopted a supercar stance and sheer, alluring surfaces that pointed to a bolder more distinctive future for Acura design. The Concept also showcased key new production styling cues, including edgier lines and Acura’s signature new Diamond Pentagon grille, which were quickly adopted across the entire lineup, most recently on the 2019 ILX compact sports sedan.

Acura also expanded its sporty A-Spec package to all core models, attracting younger, more enthusiast-oriented customers in the process. In early 2018, the brand announced its intention to re-establish Type S performance variants in its line-up, and the development of a new, Acura-exclusive, turbocharged V6 engine. In June of last year, Acura launched the 2019 RDX as the first in a new generation of Acura models designed from the ground up around Precision Crafted Performance. In its first year, the third-generation RDX has become the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment, setting multiple consecutive all-time monthly sales records.

The brand has also seen a highly successful return to sports car racing in North America. Acura teams and drivers fielding the NSX GT3 Evo and ARX-05 Daytona Prototype currently lead both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD and DPi classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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2020 Acura NSX Debuts Heritage Color – Indy Yellow Pearl at Monterey Car Week

  • A modern interpretation of sought-after Spa Yellow, offered on the 1997-2003 NSX, Indy Yellow Pearl joins Berlina Black as one of two NSX heritage colors
  • Spa Yellow was the fifth most popular first-generation NSX color
  • 2020 NSX now available for ordering, with first deliveries due in November

The 2020 Acura NSX will debut a striking new Indy Yellow Pearl paint scheme during Monterey Car Week. The 2020 Acura NSX will first be displayed at Concours on the Avenue in Downtown Carmel alongside an NSX GT3 Evo race car, featuring a custom designed livery with yellow and blue accents over the exposed carbon fiber body. The 2020 NSX is now available for ordering, with first customer deliveries to begin in November. The 2020 NSX carries a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $157,500, not including delivery charges. For more information on ordering, visit Acura.com/NSX.

Indy Yellow Pearl pays homage to Spa Yellow, one of two yellow paints offered on the first generation NSX, and will join Berlina Black as an available heritage color for the 2020 model year. Spa Yellow, known as “Indy Yellow” in some markets, was applied to around 20-percent of NSXs produced between 1997 and 2003. For the final two years of NSX production (2004-2005), Spa Yellow was replaced by Rio Yellow.

Each NSX is handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio1 and continues the NSX tradition of offering an incredible performance value in the supercar market. The 2020 NSX is powered by an innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® power unit consisting of a bespoke twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT), and three electric motors supplementing the engine with instantaneous electric torque. The second-generation NSX features an advanced, multi-material body and aluminum-intensive space frame, enabling ultra-high rigidity, compact packaging and outstanding collision safety performance.

NSX Insider Experience

All new NSX owners have the opportunity to join the NSX Insider Experience, a personalized program that enables NSX owners to participate in the making of their bespoke supercar. The program offers a curated, one-on-one tour of key facilities across Ohio where the NSX is built, including the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) and the NSX engine assembly room at the Anna Engine Plant. Guests also have the opportunity to track an NSX, guided by a professional driver on one of the primary proving grounds where it was developed and tuned – the Transportation Research Center (TRC).

The NSX Insider Experience is offered in six distinct packages with one and two-day tour options, which can be customized to include a tour of the Anna Engine Plant in addition to the tour of the PMC. Additional options include a two or four-hour performance driving experience as well as a tour of the Honda Heritage Center. Experience Packages start at $2,700. More information on the NSX Insider Experience is available at NSXInsiderExperience.com.

NSX GT3 Motorsports Success

Using the same Ohio-made multi-material space frame and 3.5-liter twin turbocharged engine design as the road-going NSX, the NSX GT3 and GT3 Evo have tackled some of the world’s most iconic GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and Spa; the 12 Hours of Sebring; Petit Le Mans; and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

In the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, the NSX GT3 Evos driven by Meyer Shank Racing have posted five wins and 11 podium finishes since its 2017 debut, and in the 2019 season, Meyer Shank Racing leads both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships.

In the SRO GT World Challenge America series, the NSX GT3 has earned multiple wins as well, including six pro-am wins by three different teams this year in the new NSX GT3 Evo.

Around the world, the NSX GT3 driven by Autobacs Racing Team (ARTA) leads the GT300 class in the Japanese Super GT series with two podium finishes, and the NSX GT3 has also competed in Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, select events in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Blancpain GT Sports Club and GT Series in Europe, and the ADAC GT Masters in Germany.

The race-winning, carbon fiber NSX GT3 Evo is offered for sale globally at a starting price of €465,0002 (Approx. $525,000). Since becoming available for customer purchase in July 2017, and updated last year as the NSX GT3 Evo, there are currently 17 NSX GT3s in the hands of professional and amateur race teams globally, with the NSX GT3 Evo certified to compete in more than a dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world. More information on the NSX GT3 Evo can be found at AcuraClientRacing.net.

Pricing and Features

MSRPii
2020 Acura NSX $157,500
Destination and Handling $1,995
Exterior Paint Standard Colors (130R White, Curva Red, Berlina Black) Std.
Premium Colors (NEW: Indy Yellow Pearl, Thermal Orange Metallic, Source Silver, Casino White Pearl) $1,000
Andaro Colors (Valencia Red Pearl, Nouvelle Blue Pearl) $6,000
Wheels Signature Y-Spoke Std.
Exclusive Interwoven $1,500
Tires Continental SportContact™ 6 Std.
Pirelli Trofeo R $1,500
Brakes Iron Rotors w/ Black Calipers Std.
Iron Rotors w/ Red Calipers $700
Carbon Ceramic w/ Black Calipers $9,900
Carbon Ceramic w/ Silver, Red, or Orange Calipers $10,600
Gloss black exterior trim Std.
Black Aluminum Roof Std.
Gloss Carbon Fiber Roof $6,000
Gloss Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler $3,000
Gloss Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport Package $12,600
Interior Seating Semi-Aniline Leather w/ Alcantara, 4-way power sport seats Std.
Milano Leather w/ Alcantara™, Manually adjustable sport seats No Cost Option
Semi-Aniline Full Leather, 4-way power sport seats $1,000
ELS Studio® Audio + Tech Package

  • ELS Studio® Premium Audio System
  • Acura Satellite Navigation
  • Proximity Sensors
Std.
Aluminum Sport Pedals Std.
Carbon Fiber Interior Sport Package $3,800

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Provides All Access Look into the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC)

“Inside PMC” is an all-access pass to one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities and home of the second-generation Acura NSX supercar

In a new video released today, Acura offers a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look into its Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, the home of the NSX.

“Inside PMC” is the latest in a series of videos on the innovations and performance capabilities of the NSX, which began with the release of “NSX, 30 Years of Performance” at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, where Acura marked 30 years since the debut of the iconic supercar, followed most recently by “Face-off: Acura NSX vs NSX GT3 Evo,” highlighting the similarities between the production NSX and race-bred NSX GT3 Evo.

 

From its inception, the PMC was designed to innovate both the means and the methods of producing low-volume specialty vehicles by marrying the precision of advanced technology with the artistry of human craftsmanship1. “Inside PMC” presents some of the Performance Manufacturing Center’s most advanced and ingenious approaches to making a supercar, including its unique body construction method, world-class painting system, meticulous vehicle assembly process and total quality validation process, as well as the exclusive NSX Insider Experience for owners.

Precision Crafted Performance the PMC Way

Numerous qualities distinguish the PMC:

  • Ultimate Body Accuracy: PMC is the first plant in the world to utilize 100-percent robotic MIG welding for body construction, using eight robots to apply 860 MIG welds to the aluminum-intensive space frame with ultimate precision, to produce a highly accurate body with tolerances measurable down to the width of a human hair.
  • Inventive Technologies: PMC associates are responsible for the development of seven patented and four patent-pending technologies, a number of which were inspired by racing, including a novel 45-minutes process for exacting wheel alignment, a 4-corner weight and ride height check, and a dynamic 4-wheel braking performance measure.
  • In-house Validation: To ensure the pristine condition of NSX, each vehicle is performance-validated through a sophisticated series of measures within the walls of PMC, and its engine is bench tested to the equivalent of 150 break-in miles at the company’s Anna, Ohio, engine facility, such that every NSX is track-ready without ever having been driven on the street.
  • Ultimate Configurability: just like a race shop where items are moved around by hand, PMC has no conveyor belts or other automated parts delivery systems. This allows for maximum flexibility within the plant to accommodate different types of vehicles and new approaches to achieving ultimate quality for the customer.
  • Incredible Paint Quality: Andaro Paint is Acura’s most lustrous paint and among the highest quality finishes on any vehicle anywhere. Painting an NSX takes five days and creates a finish up to 17 millimeters thick, 3-times more than an average production car.
  • Quality You Can Track: Nearly every one of the NSX’s bolts is fastened initially by hand to avoid cross threading, and then torqued to exacting tolerances using wirelessly connected wrenches that validate and record every fastener’s setting in perpetuity, as a part of the specific vehicle’s build data.
  • Handmade Performance: Each NSX engine is hand assembled by a single master builder, within a bespoke production facility at the company’s nearby Anna, Ohio, engine plant. The Anna plant also manufactures the NSX’s six aluminum frame nodes, which utilize a world’s first ablation casting method to deliver both rigidity for performance and ductility for crash energy absorption.
  • Race Car Repair: The PMC produces the space frame for the NSX GT3 Evo race car. While nobody likes a crash, in racing, it’s bound to happen. In such cases the PMC repairs and rebuilds customer GT3 race cars, sometimes in as little as 2-3 days, to ensure Acura Motorsports customers are ready to go when the green flag drops.
  • Sharing the Dream: It was always Acura’s dream to share the passion and craftsmanship of the PMC team with more Acura customers. That dream came true with the July 2019 launch of the 2020 TLX PMC Edition, painstakingly finished, hand assembled and quality checked by the same master technicians that build the Acura NSX supercar. Only 360 lucky customers will get their hands on one.

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Road Car vs. Race Car: Acura Pits NSX Supercar Against Racing Counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo

  • New video from Acura starring racer Trent Hindman highlights similarities and differences of production NSX and race-bred NSX GT3 Evo
  • NSX and NSX GT3 Evo each get their start in Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center and share around 80 percent of their component parts
  • Acura and the NSX GT3 Evo currently lead the IMSA GTD Manufacturers’ Championship; Hindman leads the Drivers’ Championship

A new video from Acura explores the relationship between the Acura NSX supercar and its race-winning counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo. Currently #1 in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings, NSX GT3 Evo driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing demonstrates the distinctive approaches to performance of the two cars in 0-60 runs, braking tests, ease-of-use evaluations and, of course, ultimate lap times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The production NSX showcases its strengths as a supercar designed to run with the world’s best exotics, while the NSX GT3 Evo demonstrates its chops as a purpose-built, razor-sharp race machine. Hindman’s conclusion: the NSX was born to be made into a brilliant race car.

 

Born to Race
One glance tells you the production NSX and NSX GT3 have much in common. After all, GT competition standards require race cars to maintain much of the same exterior character of their production counterparts. But the similarities are much more than skin deep. In fact, while the two are actually uniquely skinned – the production model with aluminum and composite panels, the GT3 dressed predominantly in exposed carbon fiber – they share more than 80-percent of their underlying component parts, reflecting the fact that racing was an essential part of the plan from the earliest stages of the NSX development.

“We knew from the outset that the second generation NSX would be tested at the highest limits on track,” said Ted Klaus, who served as global development leader for the second generation NSX and was recently named president of Honda Performance Development, the North American race engineering arm of Acura Motorsports. “Competitive racing was an essential consideration during NSX development, which influenced critical decisions we made regarding the car’s fundamental design.”

A Foundation for Speed 
The largest and most foundational shared component is the NSX’s ultra-rigid, lightweight, aluminum-intensive space frame, which the GT3 uses in competition without significant modification. In designing the NSX body structure, engineers were keenly aware that exceptional rigidity was essential to the performance of NSX, enabling its sharp and immediate responses to driver inputs and amplifying the capacities of its hybrid power unit and electric torque vectoring system.

The NSX and NSX GT3 Evo space frames are constructed at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio1. The PMC is the first plant in the automotive world to utilize 100-percent robotic MIG welding for body construction. In this unique approach, eight high-precision robots are used in concert with specially designed rotisserie-style jigs to apply 860 MIG welds with incredible precision. The PMC also monitors quality variances in the space frame’s tolerance down to the width of a human hair.

A Tale of Two Power Units
A next generation supercar is worthy of a next generation powertrain. The NSX road car combines a bespoke 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and world’s only 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with a three motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, working in concert to produce 5732 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. Unlike other hybrid supercars, not only is electric power used to fill the “torque well” of a turbocharged engine, the NSX’s front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) is capable of delivering both positive and negative torque independently to the front wheels. In this respect, the production NSX stands alone in the universe of supercars past and present: the only exotic using electric motors to enhance every element of dynamic performance – acceleration, braking and cornering.

By contrast, the NSX GT3 Evo, in keeping with the rear-drive-only requirement of GT3 competition, eschews the production model’s hybrid componentry, relying solely on a lightly modified version of the production model’s 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine. Like the NSX body, the NSX’s bespoke engine was designed from the outset to support racing applications, and the GT3 engine is remarkably similar to its street-able counterpart, using the same design specifications as the engine in the production NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The race engine is paired with a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels. Both the NSX road and race engines are meticulously hand assembled by a small group of master technicians in a purpose-built facility at the company’s engine manufacturing plant in Anna, Ohio.

NSX GT3 Winning Globally
Since its debut in early 2017, the NSX GT3 and GT3 Evo have tackled some of the world’s most iconic GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and Spa; the 12 Hours of Sebring; Petit Le Mans; and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. Currently, the NSX GT3 Evos campaigned by Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship lead the points for both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD class. In the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series, the NSX GT3 Evo has earned six pro-am wins with three different teams (3-Racers Edge, 2-RealTime Racing, 1-Gradient Racing). Around the world, the NSX GT3 Evo driven by Autobacs Racing Team (ARTA) leads the GT300 class in the Japanese Super GT series with two podium finishes. Additionally, the NSX GT3 Evo has competed in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, select events in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Blancpain GT Sports Club and GT Series in Europe, and the ADAC GT Masters in Germany.

About Trent Hindman
At 23 years old, Trent Hindman has already enjoyed an enviable racing career. Beginning at age eight racing karts at a local and regional level, the New Jersey native eventually developed into a national karting champion by 2008. In 2010, he made the transition into racing formula cars, ultimately becoming a recipient of the Team USA Scholarship in 2011, followed by a top-five run in the 2012 USF2000 championship. From there, Hindman graduated to sports car racing, and in 2014 became the youngest driver to win a Michelin Pilot Challenge championship at just 19 years old. Hindman joined Meyer Shank Racing for three races in 2018, driving the NSX GT3 to second-place finishes at Daytona and Petit Le Mans. This year, Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher currently lead the IMSA GTD driver’s championship, fresh off a recent victory at Watkins Glen.

Specs NSX NSX GT3 Evo
Starting MSRP $157,500 €465,0003
(Approx. $525,000)
Engine Twin Turbo 3.5 Liter 75° V6 ß
Transmission 9-Speed DCT 6-Speed Sequential
Electric Motors 3
Drivetrain SH-AWD® RWD
Total System HP / Torque 573 / 476 550 / 475
Est. Acceleration 0-60 2.92 secs 4.35 secs
Body Structure Aluminum Intensive Multi Material ß
Race Ready Roll Cage 25CrMo TIG Welded
Exterior Body Panels Aluminum and Composite Carbon Fiber
Brakes Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 368 mm / RR: 361 mm
Optional: Brembo Carbon Ceramic
FR: 381 mm / RR: 361 mm
Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 390 mm / RR: 355 mm
Wheels Forged Aluminum
FR: 19″ x 8.5″ /  RR: 20″ x 11″
Center Locking, Forged Aluminum
FR: 18″ x 12″ /  RR: 18″ x 13″
Tires Continental Sport Contact 6
FR: 245/35-19 / RR: 305/30-20
Optional: Pirelli Trofeo R
Brand varies with Race Series
FR: 315/46-18 / RR: 325/48-18
Wheelbase 2,630 mm ß
Overall Length 4,470 mm 4,612 mm
Overall Width 2,217 mm (w/ mirrors) 2,040 mm (w/o mirrors)
Front Track 1,655 mm 1,715 mm
Rear Track 1,618 mm 1,687 mm
Weight 3,878 lbs. Est. 2,800 lbs.4

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Acura NSX Named a Best Performing Car by The Car Connection for 2019

The Car Connection has named the 2019 Acura NSX a Best Performing Car for 2019. The expert staff at The Car Connection selected the NSX out of 300 cars based on criteria that factored in power, speed and handling, plus requiring a little something extra in order to be named one of the vehicles deemed “Perfect Performers.” According to The Car Connection, NSX’s innovative technology and performance evolution from the first generation of the supercar to the current make it a timeless vehicle, calling the 2019 NSX, “The future, now.”

More information on The Car Connection’s selections for Best Performing Cars of 2019 can be found here: https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1123205_the-car-connections-best-performing-cars-of-2019.

Acura NSX

Introduced at Monterey Car Week this past August, the 2019 NSX features a host of chassis enhancements include stiffer stabilizer bars, a new grippier tire and software tuning designed to elevate performance in all driving situations—whether on the street or race track. The result is a supercar even more responsive to the will of the driver, leading to a nearly 2-second faster lap time around the legendary Suzuka Circuit. For more information about the Acura NSX, please visit: https://acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/nsx-press-releases/releases/2019-acura-nsx-debuts-in-monterey-with-design-updates-chassis-enhancements-and-expanded-color-palette.

About Acura

Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura NSX GT3 Evo Teams Earn Pro/Am Wins In Virgini

  • Kyle Marcelli, Martin Barkey score second Blancpain GT World Challenge win of the season
  • Dane Cameron, Bret Curtis take RealTime Acura to Victory Lane in Pro/Am Debut
  • Ryan Eversley, Till Bechtolsheimer earn pair of top-five results

Acura powered a pair of NSX GT3 Evo’s to Victory Lane at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Racer’s Edge Motorsports and RealTime Racing each earned Pro/Am class wins in Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

The Racer’s Edge Acura NSX of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey followed up on a successful opening weekend with a strong performance in Saturday’s opening event, storming to their second win of the year in the hotly-contest ProAm class.

In Sunday’s nightcap, Dane Cameron and Bret Curtis rolled to their first win of the 2019 season, taking the RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo to the checkers.

The Racer’s Edge squad recovered from early-race contact in Saturday’s race and fought through the Pro/Am field. Once in the lead, closing driver Marcelli held off the Gradient Racing Acura of Ryan Eversley on a late restart to earn the win.

Eversley and Till Bectholsheimer held on for second on Saturday, and followed that with a fourth-place run on Sunday.

Sunday showed the strength of the RealTime squad, led by SCCA-? Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham. The team was making its 2019 debut in the World Challenge series, and despite having nearly no track time with car before the weekend, RealTime stormed to a dominating win on Sunday.

Cameron made a strong move off the starting line to vault his Acura NSX GT3 Evo into third place overall and first in the Pro/Am class, and spent the duration of his stint building his lead. Bret Curtis took over and protected the lead well, finishing with a 20-second gap over second place.

Next
The series will next compete in three weeks, going north of the border to run at venerable Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada May 17-19.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s activities at Virginia International Raceway are available on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at ( https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

Quotes
Kyle Marcelli (driver, #80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Pro/Am class winner on Saturday: “Things happen in GT3 Racing and when they do, you have to be able to recover and manage your race. It was just a matter of regrouping and getting back in the groove. Martin [Barkey, co-driver] did a great job, we had a great run at the end and got the win. It was a fantastic day.”

Dane Cameron (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Sunday race Pro/Am class winner: “I had a good start. I knew it was going to be feisty out there, so I looked for my lane and was able to make a couple of passes. After that, I knew tire wear was going to be an issue, especially now that it has warmed up a little bit, so I wanted conserve them a little and give the car to Bret [Curtis, co-driver] in a comfortable spot. He took it and did a great job. Acura gave us a great car.”

Blancpain GT World Challenge America

Circuit: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.
Weather: Breezy, warm, 78 degrees F

Ps. Class   Drivers Team Chassis Laps/ Notes
  1. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 46 laps
  2. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer    Gradient  Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo +0.353 seconds
  3. Pro/Am David Askew / Ryan Dalziel DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  
  4. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  

Sunday Race Top Five Pro/Am, Acura Results:

Ps. Class       Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
  1. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo 51 laps
  2. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 +19.054 seconds
  3. Pro/Am Anthony Imperato / Matt Campbell Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R  
  4. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am Alfred Caiola / Matt Plumb One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3  
  7. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 50 laps, running

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Acura NSX Establishes Production Car Record at Iconic Long Beach Street Circuit

  • New lap record of 1:35.663 set for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit
  • Record set in a production 2019 NSX driven by the legendary Peter Cunningham

Leading up to the 45th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the iconic race’s new title sponsor has established a production car record around the 1.968 mile historic street circuit in the 2019 Acura NSX.

 

In the capable hands of SCCA Hall-of-Famer and long-time Acura racing partner, Peter Cunningham, the 2019 NSX established a new production car lap record of 1:35.663. The record setting run was made with an unmodified NSX, fitted with road-legal tires.

The 2019 NSX will also serve as the official Pace Car for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Race action includes a run for the checkered flag by Acura Team Penske, fielding a pair of ARX-05 Daytona Prototypes driven by Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya along with Ricky Taylor and Dane Cameron co-driving, respectively, in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach on Saturday. Acura will also join the field in Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series race with a car campaigned by Meyer Shank Racing and driven by Jack Harvey, marking the return of Acura colors to Indy Car racing for the first time since 1994.

About Peter Cunningham 
Peter Cunningham helped to put Acura Motorsports on the map after establishing RealTime Racing in 1987. Over the years, the RealTime Racing team has gone on to record 92 race victories on 27 different tracks in World Challenge competition. Most recently, Cunningham and the RealTime Racing team achieved an Open Class record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In 2018, Cunningham’s many motorsports achievements were recognized with an induction into the Sports Car Club of America’s Hall of Fame.

About NSX 
Introduced at Monterey Car Week this past August, the 2019 NSX features a host of chassis enhancements include stiffer stabilizer bars, a new grippier tire and software tuning designed to elevate performance in all driving situations—whether on the street or race track. The result is a supercar even more responsive to the will of the driver, leading to a nearly 2-second faster lap time around the legendary Suzuka Circuit.

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Marks 30 Years Since Debut of Iconic NSX Supercar

  • Acura revisits an iconic moment in its history: the unveiling of the original NS-X Concept
  • Csaba Csere, former Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver, joins Acura at 2019 Chicago Auto Show to reflect on the history and heritage of NSX
  • Throwback video commemorates iconic, game-changing first and second-gen NSX

Acura this week marks 30 years since the shot heard ’round the automotive world — the 1989 global debut of the first-generation Acura NSX.  The first mid-engined exotic without European pedigree, NSX was a low slung, super light, high-revving machine sporting the world’s first all-aluminum monocoque, titanium connecting rods, a VTEC™ valvetrain and levels of quality and daily driving comfort unheard of in sports cars of the time.

Introduced as the NS-X Concept, the precursor to the production NSX, Acura chose the Chicago Auto Show for the global debut, at a press conference held at the Drake Hotel on February 9, 1989. In celebrating this milestone event, Acura returns to the Chicago Auto Show, hosting a panel discussion to reflect on the car’s origins, its impact on the automotive landscape, and the role the next-generation NSX is playing in the renaissance of Acura today.

 

Joining the panel discussion are Jon Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura, whose 28-year career at Acura was catalyzed by the launch of NSX, and Csaba Csere, former editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine, who attended the 1989 reveal and was among the first journalists to drive both the original and second-generation NSX.

Released in conjunction with the Chicago Auto Show, Acura has published a new video featuring throwback footage of a first model year (1991) production NSX, and a current (2019) NSX, along with never before seen images from the original NS-X Concept reveal.

Game Changer

Since its debut, NSX has made an indelible impression on the exotic and supercar world. Its all-aluminum construction and 270-horsepower VTEC V6 were as exotic as anything available at the time, but its conventionally comfortable and ergonomic cockpit and gentle road manners ran sharply counter to contemporary European exotics.

“Before NSX, it was always assumed that supercar performance came at the price of a comfortable interior and everyday drivability,” said Jon Ikeda. “NSX shattered those notions, and raised the bar on every other exotic and supercar maker, with the effects still felt today. NSX was a huge inspiration and one of the major reasons I was drawn to join Acura nearly 30 years ago.”

Like its predecessor, today’s second-generation NSX incorporates groundbreaking technology. The Acura NSX is the only supercar made in America and the only one utilizing electric motors to enhance every element of dynamic performance, seamlessly combining three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ with a bespoke twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted V6 engine to deliver an unparalleled range of driving experiences, from all-electric Quiet mode to the ultimate at-the-limit capability of Track mode.

Acura NSX: Did You Know?

Roots of NS-X

Honda R&D in Japan took the first steps toward what would become the first-generation NSX in January 1984 with basic research on a new drive system distinct from the “FF” (front-engine/front-wheel drive) vehicle type that had underpinned Honda’s success with such iconic models as Civic, Accord and the Acura Integra.

A year earlier, Honda had made its return to Formula 1 racing and its engineers were excited about the prospects of creating a sports car that would showcase the company’s deeply rooted racing spirit and high-performance design and engineering capabilities. Also, the R&D team had been contacted several times by the group at American Honda that was planning the launch of the Acura brand, indicating their interest in a pinnacle sports car for the new lineup.

The focus of the research was on an underfloor, midship-engine rear-wheel drive (UMR) format that could combine higher packaging efficiency along with the sport characteristics associated with rear drive. It was Honda’s first experience designing a passenger car with the engine in the rear half of the vehicle. In February 1984, the development team created a UMR test vehicle using a first-generation Honda City.

Formal development of what would become the Acura NSX began in the fall of 1985. More info here.

An Engine Roars, and Changes Follow

The prototype NS-X Concept introduced at the Drake Hotel in Chicago in February 1989 was shorter overall than the final production vehicle with a shorter wheelbase and less front and rear overhang. The evolution of the design from prototype to production would be impacted by a late change to the engine specification – from the prototype’s SOHC V6, shared with the Acura Legend sedan, to the production NSX’s bespoke DOHC V6 with VTEC valvetrain.

Prior to the press conference, the president of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Tadashi Kume, unexpectedly decided to fire up the prototype’s engine, a sound that could be heard in an adjacent room, where a competing automaker was holding its own press preview. While the noisy blast attracted media attention, Kume turned to the NSX engineering team and asked why the NS-X Concept didn’t use the new VTEC technology that had been recently developed at R&D. When told that it was only planned for a 4-cylinder engine application, Kume pushed the team for a VTEC V6 design.

The engineering team received similar input from a group of top enthusiast automotive journalists attending a “super long lead” driving event at Honda’s Tochigi R&D Center, prior to the prototype’s Chicago Auto Show debut. These included top testers from Car and DriverMotor Trend and Road & Track. The reactions were generally very positive; however, there was also a feeling that the NSX could use more power.

Ultimately, the DOHC VTEC cylinder head was wider than the head on the prototype’s SOHC engine, with significant implications to the production NSX body. The wider engine resulted in a slightly longer wheelbase, along with increased front and rear overhang for the production NSX. All of these changes occurred rapidly, resulting in the longer production model.

Putting the NS-X Prototype to the Ultimate Test

New technology like the all-aluminum unibody and chassis and transverse V6 engine were critical to NSX’s capabilities, and challenged conventional wisdom of an exotic car. But key to the dynamic performance story was the human element, and one specific human in particular.

In the early stages of development, the R&D team spent an entire month at Honda’s Suzuka Circuit, where they conducted numerous evaluations with the test car. In February 1989, around the same time as the NS-X Concept model’s debut in Chicago, legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna was in Japan to test the new Honda F1 car. The engineering team asked Senna if he would evaluate the NSX prototype. Even though the production NSX targeted levels of rigidity equaling Porsche and Ferrari, Senna felt it could be better.

“I’m not sure I can really give you appropriate advice on a mass-production car,” Senna told the team, “but I feel it’s a little fragile.”

Based on Senna’s input, the team raised its targets for rigidity in April, 1989. They chose the famed Nürburgring for testing, believing that the course would reveal problems they couldn’t detect in their testing at Suzuka. They knew that an extremely difficult course like the Nürburgring would expose even a slight delay in the vehicle’s response to driver inputs. Sure enough, the “Green Hell” exposed that the flexing body was taking away the desired feel of an immediate and direct connection between the car and driver.

By the end of the Nürburgring tests, and over eight months of continuous effort to improve the body design, engineers had increased the car’s rigidity by 50 percent.

From NS-X to NSX – Naming Acura’s New Supercar

The NS-X development name was one of several created by the R&D team in Japan to represent the prototype supercar. In the view of the development team, the naming concept for NS-X was “New,” “Sportscar” and “unknown world” – with “X” being the mathematical symbol for a variable, or an unknown value. A team at American Honda, selected NS-X from the list of possible names, but chose to express the definition as “New Sports eXperimental.”

That said, NS-X was not originally intended as the go-to-market model name. It was considered as the name for the prototype to be revealed in Chicago and then to be used in subsequent promotional appearances. But the incredible attention the NS-X received around the world created virtually unstoppable momentum for the name. So, a decision was made to remove the hyphen from NS-X leading to NSX as the official model name for Acura’s first supercar.

NSX Today: A Common Thread

With its multi-material space frame body, groundbreaking three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system , today’s NSX pays homage to the groundbreaking nature of the original while exploring altogether new concepts in electrified supercar performance. Also, like the original, the next-gen NSX powertrain design evolved radically from its conceptual origins.

The Acura NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show showcased a naturally-aspirated 60-degree V6 mounted transverse behind the seats in a layout similar to the original NSX; however, in the middle of development, the global R&D team decided to take a more challenging path – the creation of an all-new twin-turbocharged longitudinally mounted 75-degree V6. And, similar to the move to a DOHC V6 in the original, the adoption of a new powertrain concept had wide-ranging effects on the body proportions, aerodynamics package and overall design.

“Changing the powertrain design and layout was NOT an easy task,” said Ted Klaus, NSX Global Development Leader. “Frankly, it was like undergoing a heart transplant while running a marathon. But 10 seconds behind the wheel, and you understand why this power unit is key to delivering a New Sports Experience.”

Despite the major powertrain change, the development team maintained the original schedule – revealing the production version of the second-generation NSX just three years later at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Festival Village to Host Film Community at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

 

  • IMDb joins Acura Festival Village with filmmaker Kevin Smith hosting on-camera interviews with leading actors, writers and director
  • Acura MDX with SH-AWD® returns as official vehicle of the Sundance Film Festival
  • Daily Acura Stage programming includes industry and celebrity panels plus live music

 

Acura is set to return to the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 with an immersive experience at Acura Festival Village. The brand’s footprint at the Sundance Film Festival will feature interviews with leading actors, writers and directors at the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village, and with more than 100 Acura MDXs filling the streets of Park City, Utah as part of Acura’s ninth year as a Sundance Institute partner.

For 2019, Acura is collaborating with IMDb at the Festival for the first time, where filmmaker Kevin Smith will return to host on-camera interviews with leading actors, writers and directors that will serve as the cornerstone of IMDb’s Sundance Film Festival coverage.

As a Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the MDX luxury SUV, equipped with the brand’s available Super Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) signature technology, will serve as official vehicle of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The more than 100 Acura MDXs equipped with Advance and Entertainment packages will transport filmmakers, talent, festival jurors and Sundance Institute staff around the Festival. In addition, Acura will feature a full line vehicle display throughout Park City, including the Acura NSX supercar, to highlight the brand’s sponsorship and showcase Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand DNA.

Acura Festival Village features an interactive winter wonderland photobooth where guests can capture festival memories. At the Acura Stage, guests will be treated to live music, DJs and refreshments from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, courtesy of official Festival sponsor Stella Artois. Celebrities promoting their films and festival-goers will experience multiple indoor and outdoor venues, digital installations and enjoy hot beverages including coffee, espresso drinks and hot chocolate from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., courtesy of Acura.

Acura Festival Village will be located on Swede Alley at 5th St. (480 Swede Alley). Public hours: Friday, January 25 through Saturday, February 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (subject to change).

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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