2017 Acura NSX Expert Car Review by Lauren Fix



Automotive expert Lauren Fix, The Car Coach reviews the newest 2017 Acura NSX. This car is built in the United States and Acura is 30 years young!


Jason Widmer, R & D for NSX Performance Development Leader
Matt Sloustcher, Acura PR (replaces Jessica Fini)
John Acada, Acura vp of product and sales



This mid-engine super car has Unbelievable design, 3 electric motors and twin supercharged engine. Hood vent, side cooling vents and offers down force to the car. There is even a vent above the tail lights that merges with the rear wing to create down force. This makes the vehicle more stable at high speeds. The 2017 Acura NSX design offers critical cooling, down force and makes the drag coefficient lower.


There are 3 radiators, clutch coolers, intercoolers and more to keep every cooler.


Open the lever handle, inside there is head clearance, and a supportive seat that offers great comfort. The steering wheel was designed to meet multiple drivers positions. There’s s flat top and bottom of the wheel to be more accommodating. The interface is simple and function yet very driver oriented. Alcantera and leather seats are standard with optional all leather seats.


Driving factors: New sports experience – driver centric cockpit and peak performance.

Instant acceleration (incredible G-feeling)
Direct Yaw control (super handling)
Integrated dynamic system (wide range)


Cross shopped:
Ferrari 458 Italia
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Porsche 911 Turbo


When looking at a SuperCar the driving experience is critical. Direct, linear thrust, weight balance and load transfer, 0-60mph. times, driver centric cockpit, brake response and suspension quality.


The 2017 Acura NSX has the lowest CG in the class. Compact with a low center of gravity, minimizing overhang and lower center of mass. This all leads to better downforce, cooling and aerodynamics. Impressive high speed stability on the track.


Inside the low cockpit and instruments offer better visibility. The seats were comfortable and no sliding around with the Alcantra inserts. The steering wheel is carbon fiber with the top and bottom flattened. The seats offered lumbar as well.


The instantaneous acceleration comes from a V6 with 500 hp, Plus a direct drive motor, and a. Twin motors in the front backed by a 9-speed DCT transmission. The turbo charged motor is a 3.5L DOHC Twin -Turbo V6 with 500hp and 406 lb-ft torque and a 10.0:1 compression ratio. The direct drive motor add 47 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque and adding in the twin motor unit adds 36hp each and an additional 54 lb-ft of torque combines the power to 573hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on right away and the instant acceleration is impressive and responsive.


There is intake sound control, translated as you can hear the exhaust note in the car, but not a deafening experience. It’s just right.


State-of-the art aluminum castings, stamping and extrusions merged with steel and carbon fiber creates a rigid ride that is balanced and achieves great ride and handling.


On the road, the cabin is quieter than the competition with sound absorbing insulation. The magnetic ride dampers achieve a wider range and quicker response.


The brakes are more than just carbon rotors and pads, the electro-servo system seamlessly integrates both friction and regenerative brake systems. The cooled brakes were top-of-the-line and could stop on a dime and offers a secure feeling.


Direct yaw control includes torque vectoring to create super handling. This makes the NSX is forgiving on the track and offers an expanded range of driving experiences.


Dynamic systems:
Quiet mode – electric mode for neighborhoods and flying under the radar.
Sport mode – everyday mode that uses electric and gas engines
Sport Plus mode – more steering and an emotional feeling for spirited driving
Track mode – maximizes the brakes, maximum performance and maximum handling and braking efforts.

NSX’s revolutionary power and control technology which creates the ultimate Acura experience where man, machine and the road connect.


2017 Acura NSX Cost: $156,000

Electronics LED jewel headlamps, 7″ WVGA touchscreen, 225 W 8-speaker sound system, keyless entry and start.

2017 Acura NSX Performance Options:

Carbon ceramic brakes – $9900 (subtracts 52 lbs)

Lightweight carbon fiber options- $9000 (front splitter, side sill and rear diffuser)

Carbon roof – $6000

Carbon engine cover – $3600

Rear deck lid spoiler – $3000

Interior sport package – $2900 (carbon fiber & leather steering wheel, carbon instrument panel, and aluminum high-grip pedals)

Optional track tires – Michelin or Pirelli

Acura ELS Studio Audio and Technology Package

$2800 / $3000


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Car Courtesy of Acura
Destination:  Lime Rock Park, CT
Music: by AudionautiX.com
Disclosure: Free Royalty Music

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