Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Acura | posted May 25, 2016 11:24
Performance Manufacturing Center produces VIN 001 Acura NSX
The first of many 2017 Acura NSXs has just rolled off the factory floor after the company recently revealed the first serial production car at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.
“Today marks the realization of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio. Our world class team of expert technicians, through their passion, has realized major innovations in the design and manufacturing of a next-generation Acura supercar that truly delivers incredible precision crafted performance,” said Clement D'Scouza, engineering large project leader for the Acura NSX.
The very first 2017 Acura NSX is finished in Valencia Red and features an array of customized components. The roof, engine cover and rear spoiler are all made from carbon fiber. On the other hand, the wheels feature an interwoven design that gives the car a unique finish. Rounding it all of are carbon ceramic disc brakes and an Alcantara interior trim.
Taking delivery of VIN 001 is Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. He won the right to have the first production NSX after securing the car with a $1.2 million bid at the Barrett-Jackson auction last January. All of the proceeds went to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.
“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team. It's especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company's commitment to innovation and manufacturing here,” said Hendrick.
Production of the 2017 Acura NSX began last month at the company's PMC facility. It features state-of-the-art manufacturing methods along with 12 patent pending technologies. Each car is hand assembled by sixteen technicians which takes about 14 hours to fully complete.
In review, the 2017 Acura NSX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that is helped along by three electric motors. The engine alone produces 506 PS and 550 Nm of torque while the electric motors provide an extra 74 PS. With it, the car has a combined output of 581 PS at 7,500 rpm. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed dual clutch gearbox and Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in about three seconds before reaching a top speed of 307 km/h.