Acura launches production of NSX supercar

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

The first 2017 Acura NSX supercar came off the line at Honda North America’s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. Rick Hendrick, an auto dealer and NASCAR team owner who paid $1.2 million for at auction earlier this year, drove the custom production model VIN 001 off the line.

The Valencia Red Pearl NSX includes features such as carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and carbon-fiber upgraded engine cover, roof and rear decklid spoiler. Proceeds from the auction went to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.

The NSX, which has a starting sticker price of $156,000 and can top out at $205,700 with all options and features, has been highly anticipated since a concept of the NSX was shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The halo car for the luxury brand will be built in limited quantities.

“The NSX is a pure expression of the precision-crafted performance DNA and challenging spirit that defines the Acura brand,” Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura said in a statement. “We can’t wait to give our clients a chance to experience this dream product, and will carry this day’s momentum forward as we continue to invest in and grow Acura.”

Acura showcased the production NSX model in 2015 at the Detroit auto show. The original mid-engine NSX debuted in 1992 and was discontinued in 2005. Production had been planned for fall 2015 at one point.

The NSX supercars will be handmade at the Performance Manufacturing Center, home to the company’s master technicians who developed 12 patent-pending technologies and methods to build the car.

In 2013, Honda said it would spend $70 million to renovate a Honda logistics facility into the production plant to build the NSX. The NSX has a new sport hybrid, super handling all-wheel drive system and its body is made from multi-materials. The twin-turbo V-6 is assembled at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

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