Acura’s entry into the sports car world in 1989 wowed enthusiasts, as the gorgeous Acura NSX proved that Honda’s engineering chops went far beyond Accord and Prelude. But enthusiasts do not a market make, and Acura stopped making the NSX in 2005. Now it’s back — and rolling off production lines in Marysville, Ohio. The NSX is called a supercar — a label it’s built to live up to. Acura hopes the ultra high-end ride will invigorate its brand — and bottom line.
This time around Acura hits a market for luxury that has never been hungrier or larger. Which is a good thing, because the latest iteration of the Acura NSX has a price tag starting at $157,800. Autoblog reports the NSX is “powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that teams with three electric motors for a system output of 573 hp and 476 pound-feet of torque. It has a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.” NASCAR hot shot Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports paid $1.2 million for the rights to the first one (VIN #001) at auction back in January. The auction benefited the the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation based in North Carolina and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia. Acura now hopes the NSX will do well, having already proved it can do some good.