Acura hit an important milestone as the first (VIN 001) 2017 Acura NSX rolled off the production line at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. In fact, the car was driven off the line at a special ceremony by its new owner, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group.
Hendrick purchased the car back in January of 2016 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona for $1,200,000. All proceeds from this sale went to two charities: Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. This is a true win-win situation for the children that are taken care by these organizations and for Hendrick, who gets a unique and collectible car.
Car collectors often seek out desirable cars that were first off the production line, hence the 001 at the end of the NSX’s vehicle identification number. This particular 2017 NSX sports a Valencia Red Pearl paint job and extra touches, such as: “exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fiber elements, including the engine cover, roof, and rear decklid spoiler.” The interwoven wheel refers to the design of the rim in the photograph below.
The 2017 NSX has been reborn with a technologically advanced gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. The hand-built 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is mounted midship. Each engine is “machine balanced, bench tested and broken-in to the equivalent of 150 miles of service to ensure that every NSX engine is track-ready upon customer delivery.” Yes, you can take your new 2017 NSX to the track right after leaving the dealership. While some owners may try this or take their NSX to an occasional track day, Hendrick is having his sealed for long-term preservation.
The all-new NSX pairs the V6 engine to a 9-speed automatic transmission that is sandwiched with an electric motor. It also has a unique twin-electric motor power unit to power the front wheels, for a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The total system output is 573 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 476 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm. The electric motors provide a lot of torque right off the line.
The 2017 Acura NSX starts at $156,000 before the $1,800 destination charge and many available options. It will be arriving at dealerships soon, presumably to fulfill the orders many owners already placed.
We have lots more 2017 Acura NSX content coming to you very soon. This 0-60 MPH first drive review is the first in line.