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2017 Honda NSX Review

The 2017 Honda NSX with its 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 offers an eye-watering performance that’s been made even better thanks to a plethora of clever technology. 

The amount of technology found inside the 2017 Honda NSX is what defines the driving experience of the car. Some people might still miss the naturally-aspirated engine from before but the new turbocharged engine redlines at a 7,500 rpm. The seamless application of electric thrust gives the NSX one of the best throttle response of any turbocharged car we’ve had so far. If it weren’t for the occasional whoosh and the faint whine from its electric motor, you’d definitely say that this car has a naturally aspirated engine.

The new NSX’s main highlight is its ability to bend physics. Going into a corner, the car feels very agile and alert thanks to quick steering that delivers plenty of precision and even some meaningful feedback.  Thanks to the variable ratio rack you never have to take your hands from the ten-to-two position either. All this talk of torque vectoring and variable ratio steering sounds a bit synthetic, but the end result feels utterly organic. It’s almost like two cars in one, with great low-speed agility mixed with a reassuring sense of composure.

Another good thing about the new NSX is that it also uses the electric motors to harvest energy under braking, but the pedal feel is exceptionally good for a hybrid. The initial bite is actually better than the McLaren 570S’s carbon ceramic system and stopping power is huge. The gearbox is also worthy of note. Honda calls it as a ‘7+2 DCT’, with seven closely spaced ratios for normal driving, plus a low gear for standing starts and what amounts to an overdrive top for motorway cruising. The 2017 Honda NSX shuffles the gears smoothly in auto and flicks between the ratios with lightning precision in manual mode. The only downside is the plastic paddles that feel like they’ve been lifted from a PlayStation steering wheel rather than a £170,000 supercar.

It’s a similar story for the rest of the cabin. Functionally it excels; the seats grip you in all the right places, the visibility out the front is exemplary and there’s a refreshingly simple layout to all the controls. The downside is that some of the materials in this Honda NSX do feel a bit out of their depth at this price point. As a result, the interior lacks that wow factor that you might expect.

Although the car has no plug-in capability and no electric-only mode, it does have a quiet mode that will use the electric motors instead of the combustion engine wherever possible. This also limits V6 to 4,500 rpm, which would no doubt be handy if you used the Honda NSX for your early morning commute.

It’s a tremendous cliché, but anyone could get in this car and drive it. You don’t have to be a superhero to extract a reasonable amount of the performance, either. You do have to be lucky to get your hands on one. Honda’s UK allocation is 60 cars for the first year of production and just 40 for the year after that.

It’s perhaps something of a paradox that one of the most accessible supercars ever made should be confined to such small numbers, but that might not be the end of the story. Although neither has yet been confirmed there are persistent rumors of both a convertible version and a hotter NSX Type R in development. Honda, it seems, is determined to keep us in suspense for a little bit longer.

2017 Honda NSX Press Release

A History of Innovation

When the original Acura NSX made its debut over 25 years ago, it forever changed the sports car world by combining exotic car styling and performance with a new dimension of quality, exceptional ergonomics and dynamic poise. The NSX introduced and defined Acura’s approach to “Precision Crafted Performance,” with its cutting-edge design and innovative technology that provided exotic car performance for real drivers in the real world.

“From the beginning, Acura has always been about performance,” said Acura NSX Global Development Leader Ted Klaus. “Not only speed or power, but elegantly designed and engineered products that stir the soul and harness innovative technology on a foundation of industry-leading quality and reliability.”

By making use of advanced new technologies, such as a lightweight yet rigid all-aluminum unibody and chassis mated to a mid-mounted, transverse V6 engine, the original NSX challenged conventional wisdom for an exotic car. Its high-revving V6 engine featured a number of innovative production-car technologies, including forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and a VTEC valvetrain.

First-generation Acura NSX

The first-generation NSX sought a more intimate connection between the car, the driver and the road, pursued through essential design elements—low vehicle mass and high power-to-weight ratio, a rigid body supporting a performance-focused chassis, outstanding visibility, exceptional ergonomics and accessible performance—creating a paradigm shift in what it meant to be an exotic car.

Importantly, the first generation NSX also exemplified Acura’s high standards of quality, durability and day-to-day reliability without compromising performance—something rarely found in exotic sports cars of the day.

Next-Generation Acura NSX

Respecting the foundational concepts of the original NSX, the 2017 Acura NSX pursues an altogether new and revolutionary idea for Acura supercar performance, melding timeless sports car values with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports experience. And much like Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA guided the creation of the original NSX, every aspect of this new NSX is a next-generation expression of those same values.

Based on the “man-machine synergy” approach that guides the development of all Acura vehicles, the company has created a driver-centered supercar, where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car—the driver.

Foremost among its many innovations is Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar realm. Marrying this cutting-edge and electrified new expression of Acura Super Handling performance with new approaches to vehicle design—including advanced body construction, component packaging and aerodynamic optimization—results in a supercar that faithfully translates the acceleration, steering and braking inputs of the driver with incredible fidelity and instantaneous response, thus amplifying the capabilities of every driver, while greatly elevating the dynamic experience in every driving situation—qualities that define the New Sports experience.

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD utilizes its electric motors to assist acceleration, braking and cornering. With electrically-powered torque vectoring provided by the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit, the NSX takes Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive technology to a new dimension—using the dynamic, instantaneous and continuous distribution of electric motor torque to enhance handling precision and cornering performance in all driving situations.

The revolutionary NSX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit and its advanced dynamic capabilities are supported by new concepts in supercar design and body construction. The NSX multi-material space frame is a clean-sheet design, utilizing a multitude of advanced materials and joining technologies, each chosen for its capability to deliver ultimate global and local body rigidity in combination with low mass, outstanding visibility and world-class occupant crash performance. The space frame integrates several world-first technologies, including three-dimensionally bent and quenched (3DQ) ultra‑high-strength steel A-pillars and ablation cast aluminum frame nodes.

Likewise, the design and packaging of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit’s components—engine, transmission, motors, batteries and control systems—are optimized to support and enhance its dynamic capabilities by lowering the center of gravity (CG) and centering the mass within the car.

The next-generation Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit consists of an all-new twin-turbocharged mid‑mounted V6 engine paired with an all-new 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. The Direct Drive Motor also operates as a generator, maintaining the state of charge of the hybrid batteries to consistently support driver demands.

These systems, which comprise the rear power unit, are supplemented by the revolutionary capabilities of the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU). Containing two electric motors that independently drive the left and right front wheels, the TMU provides “active AWD,” increasing forward acceleration and continuously varying torque—both positive and negative—supplied to the front wheels. The resulting “direct yaw control” effect enhances agility, stability, performance and response—it is true torque vectoring, available at any speed in both on-throttle and off-throttle situations. Finally, the TMU also provides regenerative braking force, supporting braking demands while also recharging the hybrid battery.

By taking advantage of the immediate and precise torque response of the power unit’s three electric motors, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system can elevate any driver’s confidence and performance while extracting more performance than could be obtained without it.

Like the original Acura NSX—the world’s first all-aluminum exotic car—the all-new NSX has a cutting‑edge structure. Its multi-material space frame utilizes new materials and construction methods to achieve unprecedented dynamic rigidity, outstanding outward visibility and world-class collision performance. Making use of a space-frame design, the new NSX is composed primarily of lightweight aluminum, with the strategic use of steel and carbon fiber in select areas.

Unmatched dynamic torsional rigidity – The NSX directly responds to the driver’s cornering demands, instantly transmitting those inputs to the chassis while maintaining perfect connection between front and rear axles, communicating both the driver’s action and any changes in the road surface with the utmost fidelity.

Ultra-high local chassis rigidity – Each chassis component is mounted to a rigid casting supported by extruded aluminum frame members that act like “truss structures” such that high local attachment-area stiffness is ensured in all directions, helping maintain the precisely‑designed chassis geometry at all times.

World’s first automotive application of ablation casting technology – Used both at front and rear, these ablation cast aluminum frame nodes serve as ultra-rigid mounting points for the suspension. Applied in key crush zones, these nodes link frame sections together and uniquely deform in a manner similar to a forged component but with lower weight, enabling shorter front and rear overhang, reduced vehicle mass and world-class collision performance.

A-pillars: Super strong, yet slender – In another world’s first, a new three-dimensional bent and quenched (3DQ) frame member was employed to create thin yet sturdy A-pillars. The resulting ultra-high-strength material allows a slender cross section to maximize forward visibility while meeting structural demands, including roof-crush requirements.

Other advanced construction and manufacturing techniques employed in the all-new Acura NSX include the world’s first use of all-robotic MIG welding of the space frame for uniform and precise joining of its aluminum components.

2017 Honda NSX Photos

2017 Honda NSX Specs and Features

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT
Maximum Total System Power 573 HP
Maximum Total System Torque 476 lb.-ft.
Approx. Top Speed 191 mph


Type Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6
Layout  Longitudinally mid-mounted
Displacement 3,493 cc
Horsepower – SAE Net 500 HP @ 6,500-7,500 rpm
Torque 406 lb.-ft. @ 2,000-6,000 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed 7,500 rpm
Power Output Per Liter 143 HP/liter
Bore and Stroke 3.6 in. x 3.5 in.
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Valve Train 24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts
Intake Valve Construction Forged steel
Exhaust Valve Construction Forged steel , sodium-filled
Valve Included Angle 30 degrees
Cylinder Block and Head Material Aluminum alloy
Cylinder Bore Lining Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray
Cylinder Bank Angle 75 degrees
Crankshaft Construction Forged steel
Piston Construction Cast aluminum with integrated cooling channel
Connecting Rod Construction Forged steel, dowel pin
Fuel Injection Direct and port injections systems
Throttle Control Drive-by-wire system
Fuel Requirement Premium unleaded (93 octane recommended; 91 required)
Lubrication Dry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump
Oil Type Synthetic 0W-40
Cooling system Liquid and oil cooling
Exhaust System Layout Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank


Turbocharger Type Single scroll
Maximum Boost Pressure 105 kPa (1.05 bar) (15.23 psi)
Turbine Construction Inconel
Wastegate Control Electrical
Recirculation Valves Air bypass type
Intercooler Dimensions Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm


Type Permanent-magnet, water-cooled electric motor/generator
Layout Direct drive, situated between engine and transmission, attached directly to crankshaft
Horsepower @ rpm 47 @ 3,000
Torque @ rpm) 109 lb.-ft. @ 500-2,000


Type 9-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (9DCT)
1st Gear Ratio 3.838
2nd 2.433
3rd 1.778
4th 1.428
5th 1.211
6th 1.038
7th 0.881
8th 0.747
9th 0.634
Reverse 2.395
Rear Axle Ratio 3.583
Limited Slip Differential – Wet Multi Plate Torque bias ratio: drive 2.0, coast 2.6, 30N-m pre-load


Type Permanent-magnet, oil-cooled electric motor/generator
Layout Independent twin motors in a single package with a planetary gear set, one-way clutch and brake
Horsepower @ rpm 36 + 36  @ 4,000
Torque @ rpm 54 +54 lb.-ft. @ 0-2,000


Integrated Dynamics System Four-mode system: Quiet, Sport, Sport+, Track
Hill Start Assist
Idle-Stop System


Chassis Type Aluminum-intensive, Multi Material
Body/Frame Construction Multi-material (primarily aluminum) space frame with mix of aluminum and low-density SMC outer panels, and cast aluminum suspension mounting points
Ablation Cast Aluminum Nodes Complex high performance aluminum castings for crush zones; World’s first automotive application
Corrosion Pre-Treatment Zirconium pre-treat material; Environmentally friendly
A-Pillar Structure 3-D bent and quenched ultra-high strength steel (1,500 MPa); World’s first application
Floor Panel Carbon fiber core
Front Suspension Type Double-wishbone, double joint lower control arm; aluminum construction
                  Front Dampers Active Gen III magnetorheological coilover assemblies
                  Front Stabilizer Bar Hollow steel, 1.04 in. diameter x 0.13 in. wall thickness
Rear Suspension Type Multi-link; aluminum construction
                  Rear Dampers Active Gen III magnetorheological coilovers
                  Rear Stabilizer Bar Hollow steel; 0.98 in. diameter x 0.12 in. wall thickness
Front Brake Calipers Brembo 6-piston aluminum mono block
Front Brake Rotor Type Base: 2-Pc Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-Pc Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center
Front Brake Rotor Size Iron: 14.5 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick
Carbon ceramic: 15 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick
Rear Brake Calipers Brembo 4-piston aluminum mono block
Rear Brake Rotor Type Base: 2-Pc Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-Pc Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center
Rear Brake Rotor Size 14.2 in. dia. X 1.3 in. thick (both iron and carbon ceramic)
Steering Type Variable ratio rack & pinion; dual-pinion EPS
                  Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock 1.91
                  Steering Ratio Variable progressive; Range: 12.9:1 (on center) to 11.07:1
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb  (ft) 39.7 ft.
Front Wheels 19×8.5J Forged Aluminum
Front Tires 245/35ZR19 93Y high performance summer tires; optional ultimate handling performance tires
Rear Wheels 20x11J Forged Aluminum
Rear Tires 305/30ZR20 103Y high performance summer tires; optional ultimate handling performance tires
Spare Tire Tire Repair Kit
Fuel Tank Layout Twin fuel tanks mounted between the engine and IPU


Wheelbase 103.5 in. (2,630 mm)
Length 176 in. (4,470 mm)
Height 47.8 in. (1,215 mm)
Width 87.3 in (2,217 mm) (includes mirrors)
Track (front/rear) 65.2 in. / 63.7 in. (1,655 mm/1,618 mm)
Ground Clearance (unladen) 3.7 in.
Approach/Departure Angles 9.2° / 12.9°


Fuel Tank Capacity 15.6 gal
Curb Weight 3,803 lbs.
Weight Distribution (front / rear) 42% / 58%


Seating Capacity 2
Headroom 38.3 in. (973 mm)
Legroom 42.8 in. (1,087 mm)
Shoulder Room 57.6 in. (1,463)
Hip Room 54.5 in. (1,384)
Cargo Volume (behind rear engine compartment) 4.4 ft3 (0.12 m3)
Passenger Volume 44.0 ft3 (1.25 m3)


EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 21 mpg city / 22 mpg highway / 21 combined
Fuel Type Premium unleaded (93 octane recommended; 91 required)
CARB Emission Rating ULEV 125


Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control7
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)


Single-Stage Driver, Dual-Stage Passenger, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Driver Knee Airbag
Front Side Airbags
One-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
Upper Tether for Child Seat on Passenger-Side
Driver’s and Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder


Cruise Control
Corner and Backup Sensors  Available as part of Technology Package


Flush-mounted automatic power pop-out door handles  Auto pop out upon approach with keyless entry fob
Capless Fuel Filler
Radio Antenna Integrated front windshield type
Acoustic Windshield
Acoustic Glass Rear Cabin Window
LED Brake Lights
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Remote keyless Smart Entry system
Side  Mirrors Body-colored power heated with reverse auto tilt-down and integrated LED turn indicators; Optional memory feature
Security System
Headlamps Acura Jewel Eye™ LED type with Auto-On/Off
Body Panels Composite
Roof Panel Aluminum or optional exposed-weave carbon fiber


Beverage Holder Two-cup holder unit that slides into a slot in the center console on passenger side
Automatic Air Conditioning with air filtration system
Push Button Start
Active Sound Control (ASC)
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down
Power Door Locks
Cruise Control
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column (manual)
Center Console Storage Multi-functional storage system
Lockable Glove Compartment
12-Volt Power Outlet
Power Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
Rear Engine Compartment Window Defroster w/ Timer
Cargo Area Light
Cargo Area Tie-Down Anchors (4 Total) Optional accessory cargo net
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls Cruise / Audio / Phone / Display Audio / MID info
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
HomeLink® Remote System
Frameless Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Available carbon fiber trim
LED Interior Ambient Lighting
Leather–Trimmed Instrument Panel
Leather-Trimmed Door Panels
Alcantara Roof Lining


Seats Perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed with manual adjusters; Optional 4-way power adjusters with 4-way power lumbar and 2-position memory
Seat Leather Milano leather standard; Semi-aniline leather option
Heated Seats Available with power seats


7-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
Audio System Standard Audio system: 8 speakers, including subwoofer
Optional ELS Studio Premium Audio system: 9 speakers, including subwoofer
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
USB Audio Interface 2USB ports in car
(In glove box) 1.0 amp charge capability & USB connection without Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
(In console box) 1.5 amp charge capability & USB connection with CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
AcuraLink® Next Generation
SMS Text Message Function
SiriusXM® Radio Option
Pandora® Compatibility
Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
HD Radio™
Siri Eyes Free
Android Auto®
Apple CarPlay®


Digital Speedometer TFT Screen
Tachometer TFT Screen
Coolant Temperature Indicator Analog gauge
Fuel Level Indicator Analog gauge


4.2-Inch Color TFT Screen 8-Inch Color TFT Screen
Integrated Dynamics System-linked Dynamic Meters Meter Graphics Color change: Quiet-Blue; Sport-White; Sport+ and Track-Red
Average Fuel Economy Indicator
Gear Position Indicator
Instant Fuel Economy Indicator
Miles-to-Empty Indicator
Odometer and Trip Meters (2)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
Exterior Temperature Indicator
Turn-By-Turn Directions


Valencia Red Pearl
Nouvelle Blue Pearl
Casino White Pearl
Source Silver Metallic
Nord Gray Metallic
Curva Red
130R White
Berlina Black
Ebony All interior colors are available with all exterior colors


Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport Package Carbon fiber front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser;
Dark chrome exhaust finisher
Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
Carbon Fiber Roof
Carbon Ceramic Brake Rotors Includes choice of black, red or silver brake calipers
Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
Exclusive Interwoven Aluminum Alloy Wheels Choice of machined, painted or polished finish
Technology Package – ELS Studio Audio System Includes 9 speakers, Navigation, AcuraLink, front and rear parking sensors
Technology Package – ELS Studio Audio with XM Satellite Radio Same as above and adds XM Satellite radio
Interior Carbon Fiber Sport Package Includes carbon fiber meter visor and steering wheel garnish, aluminum foot rest and sport pedals
Alcantara Headliner Black

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