All posts in “acura”

Acura shows off RDX accessories and 2020 NSX at SEMA

Following its successful season on the track, Acura speeds to SEMA to showcase a range of performance and race vehicles as well as a new line of concept A-Spec and Acura-branded accessories. Also on the luxury division’s stand will be the Type S Concept sedan and the 2020 NSX, both unveiled in Monterey Car Week in August, the latter wearing the classic Indy Yellow Pearl exterior paint.

Acura will show off its accessories on a 2020 RDX. Carbon fiber is the name of the game for its concept A-Spec treatment, used on the grille surround and on the lower front fascia, lower side sill, rear diffuser, lower doors and side mirror caps. There’s also a dark chrome theme on the rear Acura badge and A-Spec emblems. A-Spec is offered as a sport appearance trim on the RDX and is supposed to be part of all core Acura models in the future, so we’ll see whether this “concept” A-Spec packages eventually makes it way, whole or in part, to future variants.

The Acura Genuine Accessories to be shown on the same RDX, by contrast, are available IRL and include roof rails and crossbars, replete with a fork-mount bike attachment, 20-inch wheels with a custom dark tint finish, black lug nuts, black chrome emblems, a carbon-wrapped tailgate accent, illuminated A-Spec trim on the door sills and A-Spec carpet floor mats. It’s topped with a Thule cargo box.

The 2020 NSX will wear the Indy Yellow Pearl color in homage to the old Spa Yellow, one of two yellow paints offered with the first-generation version of the supercar and a favorite among collectors. It joins two generations of championship-winning NSX cars: the 1990 pre-production model driven by Hall of Famer Peter Cunningham to 14 wins and 26 podium finishes between 1991 and 2002, and the NSX GT3 Evo that has won multiple IMSA and SRO races. The carbon fiber-bodied supercar with custom-designed livery is offered for sale globally for around $525,000, Acura says.

Feast Your Eyes on This 1991 Acura NSX And Prepare Your Bank Account to be Emptied

It Only has 6,500 Miles

If you’ve always wanted to own an Acura NSX from the early 1990s, then you should buy this one from 1991 that’s currently on Bring A Trailer. This particular NSX is absolutely immaculate, with black paint and a black interior. 

The car for sale was a Canadian car. It lived in its owner’s collection and was well taken care of. That collection resided in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. From there it was imported to the U.S. in 2018. 

The car is completely stock. It features 3.0-liter transversely-mid-mounted V6 making 270 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. It’s rear-wheel drive and has a five-speed manual transmission. What makes this car special is its low miles. It has just 6,500 miles on its odometer. While there are probably other NSX’s out there that will go for less money, if you want a truly good one with low miles, this is an excellent choice. 

The car is currently listed for sale in California. Due to the stringent emissions standards in the state, the seller has noted that the car will need to be sold to a buyer out of state if the buyer actually wants to drive the car. 

As of the time of the writing of this article, the bid is at $34,000. We would assume that the price will only go up from here. The auction still has three days left. 

Acura Honors the 30 Year Anniversary of the NSX Debut in Chicago

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

In 1989, Acura debuted the NSX supercar and changed the automotive industry. The NSX, then debuted as the NS-X Concept, changed the way people thought about supercars. It came with world’s first all-aluminum monocoque chassis, had titanium connecting rods, and was built to a different standard than the competition. It was the first exotic supercar from Japan and the first supercar you could easily drive daily.

To commemorate the 30-year marker, Acura celebrated the car in Chicago and put together a video. It features the first NSX and the most recent iteration. The commemorative video hits the high points of the model’s debut and showcases some seriously beautiful cars side by side.

[embedded content]

Acura had several different influential members at the Chicago Auto Show to discuss the NSX and its impact. Jon Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura, was there when the NSX first hit the world stage.

Before NSX, it was always assumed that supercar performance came at the price of a comfortable interior and everyday drivability,” said Ikeda. “NSX shattered those notions, and raised the bar on every other exotic and supercar maker, with the effects still felt today. NSX was a huge inspiration and one of the major reasons I was drawn to join Acura nearly 30 years ago.

The current generation NSX carries on the original car’s mission. The car pushes the performance envelope with a hybrid powertrain and Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. It has a hybrid twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted V6 engine. It can also operate in full EV mode, and it’s the only supercar built in America.

Acura shows no signs of slowing down, and that’s a very good thing for enthusiasts everywhere. It will keep making the NSX better. Hopefully, in another decade, Acura will celebrate the 40-year anniversary. 

2019 Acura NSX Gets A Refresh

Acura’s Mid-engine Hybrid Receives Chassis Upgrades, New Color & More Standard Features

The 2019 Acura NSX receives the model’s first refresh, after its market debut some 2 years ago. The refresh is relatively minimalist in nature – as far as these kind of things go – with the mid-engine hybrid AWD supercar benefiting from some chassis tweaks, aesthetic enhancements and introduction of more standard equipment. The NSX retains the 573-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 with 3 electric motors and 9-speed DCT used in previous years.

The NSX debuted with its new swag at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’ event on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Most notable on display, was the new ‘Thermal Orange’ paint color option ($750 USD). Other exterior changes include the front grille upper section now being finished in the main body color (previously chrome).

Arguably, the most important changes come in the form of improvements to the chassis which include new Continental SportContact tires, a stiffer suspension setup and calibrations to the vehicle’s software, which directs the SH-AWD system, active dampers, electric power steering and stability control system.

Acura claims that all of these changes translate to a 26 percent and 19 percent stiffer front and rear anti-roll bar respectively, and ultimately provide better grip and more precise handling feedback to the driver. These upgrades were made in a direct response to the previous car’s tendency to be over-sensitive to weight transfer on corner entry, resulting in generally undesirable moments of oversteer.

Engineers modified chassis components, tires and software tuning to make NSX even more responsive to the will of the driver, elevating performance driving in all circumstances, from daily driving to the circuit. At the limit, the NSX’s balance, playfulness and controllability have improved, allowing the driver to more precisely modulate understeer and oversteer with subtle throttle inputs. – Acura Press Release

Acura further notes that the newest NSX will complete a lap of its home course, Suzuka Circuit, 2 seconds faster than before.

Now standard in the Acura NSX are the ELS premium audio system, power sport seats, navigation, proximity sensors and sport pedals – altogether costing $4,700 USD in options on the previous NSX. While the base price of the 2019 Acura NSX is $157,500 USD – $1,500 more than last year’s model – one could argue that the NSX is actually getting a price cut with the aforementioned $4,700 in options now being standard fare.

Acura NSX roadster finally on its way this year?

Autobild put together a slideshow forecasting various convertibles due to arrive from 2018 to 2023. The long-prophesied Acura NSX roadster graced the first slide, reportedly prepped for market launch later this year at a price of 200,000 euros. That’s about 13,000 euros more spendy than the hardtop, a relative bargain. Don’t call your Goldman private banker yet, though — that Autobild slide is likely as close as any of us will get to said roadster this year.

We’ve been doing the hokey pokey with the droptop NSX for at least six years now. In 2012 an eager enthusiast corps thought a European patent might have revealed the convertible supercar, only to realize it was Acura protecting Tony Stark’s screen gem in The Avengers (pictured). In 2016, Autocar reported that Honda viewed the NSX as a platform for experiment and tests of developing technology that “help [Honda] understand where the brand is going.” Those brand explorations meant Honda was “contemplating convertible, lightweight, non-hybrid and all-electric versions.”

In 2017, Internet snoopers happened on patent images for a droptop coupe first dubbed the “Baby NSX,” then potentially the ZSX after more snooping dug up a trademarked name. Even though production plans for a “Small NSX” actually did exist, dated to before 2008, the Small NSX/BabyNSX/ZSX turned out to be the Honda Sports Vision GranTurismo entry when Honda couldn’t make a business case for the genuine article.

Here we are staring down the same wishing well. Last year Acura sold 137 NSXs in the U.S. through the end of Q1, and so far this year only 67 coupes found buyers in that time. We know the NSX is a halo car, but halos work to best effect when they’re visible. So all we know now is that the talented hybrid would do well with any variant that would get it more visibility, of the top-down kind, the Type R kind, perhaps a road-legal, non-hybrid GT3 kind, or any other.

Related Video:

Acura NSX ScienceofSpeed Dream Project brings another wing to SEMA

Acura rolled into SEMA last year with its non-hybrid NSX GT3 race car, that FIA spec-series competitor pulled to Vegas on a trailer behind a GT3-themed Acura MDX. Sticking with the GT3 theme this year but going road-legal, Acura worked with Arizona-based ScienceofSpeed on a GT3 package that NSX owners can put in driveways. The result is the lower, more powerful, more wing-y NSX “Dream Project.”

Liquid-cooled injecting for the twin-turbo boosts output, adding 37 horsepower for a total of 610, and another 31 pound-feet of torque to register 507. A lightweight steel exhaust sheds 16 pounds and bestows those magnified numbers with magnified bass. A custom suspension drops the coupe by a little more than an inch, a custom iLIFT suspension add-on automatically raises the front axle two inches if the NSX detects a hurdle.

The ScienceofSpeed aero kit includes all you’d expect from the alphanumeric “GT3:” front strakes, wider rocker panels, larger rear diffuser, a rear wing, gold powdercoated carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, and wider Pirelli Trofeo R tires wrapped around Advan GT forged wheels. Drench the package in two-tone Andaro Nouvelle Blue Pearl and gloss black roof, and the NSX Dream Project’s ready to be driven from climate-controlled garage, to parking-lot car show, back to climate-controlled garage. If the owner decides to test a limit or two, Recaro Pole Position seats and a gaugeART OLED display will keep him locked in and informed.

Related Video: