The 2017 Acura NSX is heavy. It outweighs the original 1990 car by more than 800 pounds and is over 300 heavier than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The NSX is insanely complicated, with an assist motor between the twin-turbo V6 and the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, plus two torque-vectoring electric motors at the front axle. And the NSX is expensive. It will probably cost $170,000 when it goes on sale in Spring 2016. Commence trolling.

If you hadn’t guessed, the new NSX isn’t much like the first generation built from 1990 to 2005. But the two cars share a common philosophy. Both are Acura’s interpretation of what a modern, everyday supercar should be. Based on the new car, things have changed a lot in the last 25 years.

For project leader Ted Klaus, the original NSX was one reason he started working at Honda. At the 1990 Detroit Auto Show, “I sat watching that car for a while. A really long while. Even just looking at that car I could see the deep, advanced, functional beauty.” The most difficult thing with the new NSX, says Klaus, is to explain how a heavier and more complicated car can outperform other cars in a way that feels like traditional light weighting.


In between the front wheels is the Twin Motor Unit (TMU), a pair of 36-hp, 54-lb-ft electric motors that add or subtract forces to their respective sides. The Power Drive unit manages the electronics, and sits in the center spine of the car like a traditional prop shaft. A lithium-ion battery pack is behind the pair ofseats, on the cold side of the firewall. Total system output is 573 hp and 476 lb-ft.

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