Precision crafted performance

Precision crafted performance


Featured in BELLO mag issue #123

By:  Steven Carver

Very few things get better with age.  For the automotive world, an introduction of technical advancements can seem dated even after a few short years.  With the debut of the Acura NSX in 1990, its cutting-edge design and innovative technology provided exotic car performance for drivers in the real world.  Building on the foundational concepts of the original NSX, the 2017 Acura NSX evolves its supercar DNA with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports eXperience.

As with many supercars, the magic starts with its underpinnings.  Among the many innovations is Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD); a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar realm.  Sport Hybrid SH-AWD utilizes electric motors to assist acceleration, braking and cornering, which amplifies the capabilities of the driver, while elevating the dynamic experience in every driving situation.

Under the skin lies an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged midmounted V6 engine paired with an all-new 9-speed dual-clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct Drive Motor (operating as a generator, maintaining the charge of the hybrid batteries which support the demands of the driver) that supplements the engine with instant torque response. The result is a total of 573 hp and 476 lb.-ft. that propels the NSX from 0-to-60 mph in approximately three seconds.

The NSX’s chassis combines elevates the previous car’s driving experience with an all-aluminum multi-link front and rear suspension systems – augmented by third-generation active magnetorheological (MR) dampers and a dualpinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS) system – mounted directly (without subframes) to the ultra-rigid space frame.

Deceleration capability is also enhanced with a next-generation electro-mechanical super sports braking system (vented disc with Brembo aluminum mono block calipers and iron rotors, or optional carbon ceramic rotors) with grippy tires (the base model is a Continental ContiSportContact 5 P, sized 245/35ZR-19 in front and 305/30ZR-20 in back, with optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s) that combines the effectiveness of a mechanical (friction) braking system with a seamlessly integrated regenerative braking system.  Sound complicated?  Basically, it makes a fast car stop just as quickly.

The new Acura NSX package continues the design philosophy of the original NSX.  The space-frame design (comprised mostly of lightweight aluminum) optimizes the packaging and layout of major vehicle systems – including the Sport Hybrid power unit (engine, Direct Drive Motor and 9DCT) and key hybrid components such as the Intelligent Power Unit (containing the lithium-ion battery pack) – to lower the center of gravity, centralize the mass of the vehicle and achieve desired weight distribution for optimal handling.

With a wide stance and long wheelbase, the design moves beyond the curvy original and wraps the car with sharp creases, leading with Acura’s signature multi-beam headlights and V-shaped grille, taillights that resemble a superhero mask, and a “total airflow management” to give the NSX superlative aerodynamics while providing effective and efficient thermal management required for its hybrid power unit.

The cutting edge design details continue inside the NSX, as well.  From the intuitive instrumentation and simple control layout, the center console has been designed to minimize driving distractions and uses its “simple sports interface” to let the driver go in full electric mode in addition to standard modes (Sport, Sport +, Track, Quiet).  Switches are just a flick away, ideal to keep most of the attention on the road.

Developed through extensive testing and pressure mapping measurements, these seats provide the torso and thigh bolstering needed in a high-limit vehicle and are covered in leather and Alcantara for the perfect combination of support, comfort, and ease of ingress-egress.  With seating such as this, chances are very few people will want to leave them.

With its debut over 25 years ago, the original Acura NSX changed the sports car world by combining performance, polish and poise, and the 2017 edition will take it to another level.

About The Author

Aleksandar Tomovic
Editor in Chief

French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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