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

POWER UNIT
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power UnitFront 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 Power573 HP
Maximum Total System Torque476 lb.-ft.
Approx. Top Speed191 mph

 

ENGINE
TypeTwin-turbocharged DOHC V6
Layout Longitudinally mid-mounted
Displacement3,493 cc
Horsepower – SAE Net500 HP @ 6,500-7,500 rpm
Torque406 lb.-ft. @ 2,000-6,000 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed7,500 rpm
Power Output Per Liter143 HP/liter
Bore and Stroke3.6 in. x 3.5 in.
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Valve Train24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts
Intake Valve ConstructionForged steel
Exhaust Valve ConstructionForged steel , sodium-filled
Valve Included Angle30 degrees
Cylinder Block and Head MaterialAluminum alloy
Cylinder Bore LiningPlasma transferred wire arc thermal spray
Cylinder Bank Angle75 degrees
Crankshaft ConstructionForged steel
Piston ConstructionCast aluminum with integrated cooling channel
Connecting Rod ConstructionForged steel, dowel pin
Fuel InjectionDirect and port injections systems
Throttle ControlDrive-by-wire system
Fuel RequirementPremium unleaded (93 octane recommended; 91 required)
LubricationDry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump
Oil TypeSynthetic 0W-40
Cooling systemLiquid and oil cooling
Exhaust System LayoutDual catalytic converter, dual path per bank

 

TWIN TURBOCHARGERS
Turbocharger TypeSingle scroll
Maximum Boost Pressure105 kPa (1.05 bar) (15.23 psi)
Turbine ConstructionInconel
Wastegate ControlElectrical
Recirculation ValvesAir bypass type
Intercooler DimensionsWidth 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm

 

DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR
TypePermanent-magnet, water-cooled electric motor/generator
LayoutDirect drive, situated between engine and transmission, attached directly to crankshaft
Horsepower @ rpm47 @ 3,000
Torque @ rpm)109 lb.-ft. @ 500-2,000

 

TRANSMISSION & REAR AXLE
Type9-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (9DCT)
1st Gear Ratio3.838
2nd2.433
3rd1.778
4th1.428
5th1.211
6th1.038
7th0.881
8th0.747
9th0.634
Reverse2.395
Rear Axle Ratio3.583
Limited Slip Differential – Wet Multi PlateTorque bias ratio: drive 2.0, coast 2.6, 30N-m pre-load

 

FRONT TWIN MOTOR UNIT (TMU)
TypePermanent-magnet, oil-cooled electric motor/generator
LayoutIndependent twin motors in a single package with a planetary gear set, one-way clutch and brake
Horsepower @ rpm36 + 36  @ 4,000
Torque @ rpm54 +54 lb.-ft. @ 0-2,000

 

ADDITIONAL POWER UNIT CONTROLS
Integrated Dynamics SystemFour-mode system: Quiet, Sport, Sport+, Track
Hill Start Assist
Idle-Stop System

 

BODY / SUSPENSION / CHASSIS
Chassis TypeAluminum-intensive, Multi Material
Body/Frame ConstructionMulti-material (primarily aluminum) space frame with mix of aluminum and low-density SMC outer panels, and cast aluminum suspension mounting points
Ablation Cast Aluminum NodesComplex high performance aluminum castings for crush zones; World’s first automotive application
Corrosion Pre-TreatmentZirconium pre-treat material; Environmentally friendly
A-Pillar Structure3-D bent and quenched ultra-high strength steel (1,500 MPa); World’s first application
Floor PanelCarbon fiber core
Front Suspension TypeDouble-wishbone, double joint lower control arm; aluminum construction
                  Front DampersActive Gen III magnetorheological coilover assemblies
                  Front Stabilizer BarHollow steel, 1.04 in. diameter x 0.13 in. wall thickness
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link; aluminum construction
                  Rear DampersActive Gen III magnetorheological coilovers
                  Rear Stabilizer BarHollow steel; 0.98 in. diameter x 0.12 in. wall thickness
Front Brake CalipersBrembo 6-piston aluminum mono block
Front Brake Rotor TypeBase: 2-Pc Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-Pc Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center
Front Brake Rotor SizeIron: 14.5 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick
Carbon ceramic: 15 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick
Rear Brake CalipersBrembo 4-piston aluminum mono block
Rear Brake Rotor TypeBase: 2-Pc Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-Pc Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center
Rear Brake Rotor Size14.2 in. dia. X 1.3 in. thick (both iron and carbon ceramic)
Steering TypeVariable ratio rack & pinion; dual-pinion EPS
                  Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock1.91
                  Steering RatioVariable progressive; Range: 12.9:1 (on center) to 11.07:1
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb  (ft)39.7 ft.
Front Wheels19×8.5J Forged Aluminum
Front Tires245/35ZR19 93Y high performance summer tires; optional ultimate handling performance tires
Rear Wheels20x11J Forged Aluminum
Rear Tires305/30ZR20 103Y high performance summer tires; optional ultimate handling performance tires
Spare TireTire Repair Kit
Fuel Tank LayoutTwin fuel tanks mounted between the engine and IPU

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase103.5 in. (2,630 mm)
Length176 in. (4,470 mm)
Height47.8 in. (1,215 mm)
Width87.3 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 Angles9.2° / 12.9°

 

CAPACITIES & WEIGHTS
Fuel Tank Capacity15.6 gal
Curb Weight3,803 lbs.
Weight Distribution (front / rear)42% / 58%

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Seating Capacity2
Headroom38.3 in. (973 mm)
Legroom42.8 in. (1,087 mm)
Shoulder Room57.6 in. (1,463)
Hip Room54.5 in. (1,384)
Cargo Volume (behind rear engine compartment)4.4 ft3 (0.12 m3)
Passenger Volume44.0 ft3 (1.25 m3)

 

EPA MILEAGE RATINGS / FUEL
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings21 mpg city / 22 mpg highway / 21 combined
Fuel TypePremium unleaded (93 octane recommended; 91 required)
CARB Emission RatingULEV 125

 

ACTIVE SAFETY FEATURES
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)

 

PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
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

 

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

 

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

 

INTERIOR & COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
Beverage HolderTwo-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 StorageMulti-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 ControlsCruise / 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 WheelAvailable carbon fiber trim
LED Interior Ambient Lighting
Leather–Trimmed Instrument Panel
Leather-Trimmed Door Panels
Alcantara Roof Lining

 

SEATING
SeatsPerforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed with manual adjusters; Optional 4-way power adjusters with 4-way power lumbar and 2-position memory
Seat LeatherMilano leather standard; Semi-aniline leather option
Heated SeatsAvailable with power seats

 

AUDIO & CONNECTIVITY
7-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
Audio SystemStandard Audio system: 8 speakers, including subwoofer
Optional ELS Studio Premium Audio system: 9 speakers, including subwoofer
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
MP3/Auxiliary Input JackMP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
USB Audio Interface2USB 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® RadioOption
Pandora® Compatibility
Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
HD Radio™
Siri Eyes Free
Android Auto®
Apple CarPlay®

 

INSTRUMENTATION
Digital SpeedometerTFT Screen
TachometerTFT Screen
Coolant Temperature IndicatorAnalog gauge
Fuel Level IndicatorAnalog gauge

 

DYNAMIC TFT GUAGE CLUSTER
4.2-Inch Color TFT Screen8-Inch Color TFT Screen
Integrated Dynamics System-linked Dynamic MetersMeter 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
Compass
Turn-By-Turn Directions

 

COLORS
EXTERIOR
Valencia Red Pearl
Nouvelle Blue Pearl
Casino White Pearl
Source Silver Metallic
Nord Gray Metallic
Curva Red
130R White
Berlina Black
INTERIOR
EbonyAll interior colors are available with all exterior colors
Saddle
Red
Orchid

 

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

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