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Oct302015

2017 Acura NSX: Digital Supercar

By Christopher A. Sawyer

I remember taking my brother Bill for a ride in the NSX a few years after its introduction. On a deserted back road we touched 135 mph in surprising comfort, and not more drama than you might experience taking your family sedan up to the store to get some milk. Yeah, it was a silly thing to do, and the mid-engined Acura didn’t possess the ultimate ride, handling or feel of some of the established supercars of the time (and make no mistake, the NSX was a supercar), but that didn’t matter. Build quality was above reproach, the climate control kept you warm in the winter and cool in the summer and not the other way around, you could take it to a Honda dealer to get fixed, it didn’t leak or smell like curing fiberglass, and so on. It, quite honestly, forced every upper tier sports car maker to raise its game, even if the NSX was something of an appliance.

Now, 25 years after the debut of the original, there’s a new Acura NSX. It looks very similar to the concept first shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, but is almost completely different than the plan Honda originally had for this car. The second-generation NSX almost reached production as a front-mid-engine, V10-powered coupe with all-wheel drive. Prototypes were filmed lapping at the Nurburgring in late 2008, but that program died as the global recession took hold. It was replaced by a proposal similar to the original NSX, a mid-engined, all-wheel drive two-seater powered by a hotter version of Honda’s transversely mounted, naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6. That was the car shown at Detroit. Only it wasn’t enough. To fulfill Honda’s self image needs, the car needed more tech, more power, more stuff.

Powertrain

The first thing to go was a hotter version of the standard-issue Honda 3.5-liter V6. In its place was substituted a 3.5-liter quad cam V6 with a 75-degree bank angle, dry sump lubrication, a pair of single-scroll turbochargers with electronic wastegates, and both direct and port fuel injection. Instead of being mounted transversely, it would be placed longitudinally behind the seats. The aluminum block is sand cast and the cylinders liners get a thermal spray coating. Compact swing arm-type valve actuators reduce inertia, and variable timing is used on both the intake and exhaust cams.

The nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox has a first gear designed for maximum launch acceleration, seven close ratios to keep the engine in its power band, and an overdrive ninth gear to maximize cruising fuel economy. In order to keep mass low and things compact, the clutch and differential are located side-by-side in the same housing. This moves the center of mass forward, reduces rear axle overhang, and allows better packaging of the direct-drive electric motor sandwiched between the engine and gearbox.

All-wheel drive traction and torque vectoring is provided by the front axle Twin Motor Unit. It can support acceleration up to 120 mph, but provides torque vectoring at all vehicle speeds. Plus, when the selector is placed in Quiet Mode, a light-footed driver can drive the NSX as a front-drive electric vehicle over short distances at speeds up to 40 mph. The Power Drive Unit is located beneath the center console, while the Integrated Power Unit and its high-voltage lithium-ion battery are packaged together and mounted just behind the driver and passenger.

Chassis

As with the original, the NSX is built around an aluminum spaceframe. Only this version has cast pieces at each suspension attachment point that are supported in all three dimensions. Each element is analyzed to optimize both strength and weight, and many of the pieces have custom wall thicknesses that vary from surface to surface. Two upper and two lower nodes in the front and two nodes in the rear are made from ablation casting, which makes them both strong and malleable. They are designed to progressively crush in an accident while retaining their strength, and the upper nodes act as suspension mounting points.

Steel stampings are used where energy absorption is required, while the A-pillars are formed from ultra-high-strength steel that allows their cross section to be minimized. These pieces are heated then robotically bent, and the parts cooled by water jets. Like the ablation cast nodes, this is a first for this technology in the auto industry. In addition, the floor uses a carbon fiber core forward of the seats, the body panels are a mix of aluminum and composites,  there is the option of a carbon fiber roof panel, the rear trunk is made of sheet molded compound (SMC) plastic, and the fuel door hinge is magnesium. Even with extensive use of lightweight materials, the 2017 NSX weighs 3,803 lb. All the tech used in the powertrain and chassis takes its toll on weight.

Suspension, Steering, Brakes and Tires

The aluminum front suspension use double wishbones with a double ball joint lower arm designed to keep the twin motor drive unit up front from affecting steering feedback. Out back, there’s an aluminum multi-link independent layout. Yes, that’s it. Aluminum multi-link. Nothing too fancy, but nevertheless very rigid to take the expected lateral loads. Finally, the 2017 NSX features third-generation magnetorheological dampers with the widest damping range ever offered, and even faster millisecond response.

Steering is via a dual-pinion electric power system with a rack-mounted power assist motor. It is constant-ratio when the steering is on center, but that gets quicker as the wheel is turned. The combination eliminates any nervousness on the highway, while increasing turn-in response through the corners. The idea was to reduce, if not eliminate, the need to shuffle the wheel or go hand-over-hand in corners in order to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel.

Since it’s a hybrid, the NSX has both friction and regenerative braking systems. The Brembo friction brakes comprise two-piece ventilated 14.5-in. rotors clamped by six-piston monoblock calipers up front, and 14.0-in. ventilated rotors with four-piston monoblock calipers in the rear. Carbon ceramic rotors are available as an option. Openings beneath the car and air ducts in the hollow rear powertrain cradle helps keep the rear brakes cool. 

Lightweight “Y” spoke alloy wheels fitted with Continental Conti-Sport Contact 5P tires are fitted front and rear. Not surprisingly, the NSX uses staggered wheel sizes with 245/35ZR-19 wheels and tires up front and 305/30ZR-20s in the rear. These tires are designed for good all-weather traction and long tread life, but those with performance on their minds can order one of the optional wheel and tire packages featuring Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Driving Modes

With all this tech, you wouldn’t expect the engineers to make it a “set it and forget it” type of car, would you? Of course not. Thus, the 2017 NSX has an Integrated Dynamics System that lets the driver choose from one of four modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. Each choice changes the settings for the steering and brakes (friction and regenerative), throttle, electronic stability control, dampers, engine, gearbox and all-wheel drive system. It also varies the sound allowed into the cabin through the Active Exhaust Valve and Intake Sound Control. The latter features twin sound pipes with an electronically controlled valve that varies the amount of sound let into the cabin from the engine’s intake plenum. Acura claims a massive 25 dB volumetric sound difference between Quiet and Track modes.

Quiet is for driving on electric power only at lower speeds, and lets the least sound into the cabin. If the power demand is such that the engine is required to start, engine speed is limited to 4,000 rpm, and the ISC’s sound valves are closed. In addition, the transmission’s shift points are altered for greatest efficiency, and the tachometer and central display are bathed in a cool blue color.

Sport uses a higher rev limit and more aggressive throttle map, and the gearbox holds onto each gear longer with higher shift points. More sound from the intake and exhaust is allowed into the cabin, and the stop-start function used in Quiet mode is continued. This is the car’s default setting. 

Sport+ adds more aggression to the throttle and the transmission’s shifts up and down the range. The electric motors are used to their maximum under acceleration, and the more assertive yaw control setting is mirrored by more aggressive damping, steering and torque vectoring. Engine sounds are raised yet again, and the central display is bather in red light while the tachometer needle has an aggressive yellow color.

Track is set for at-limit driving on a circuit. Shifts are faster and crisper, the hybrid system and driver aids are more aggressive. More sound enters the cabin, and the braking system is given better pedal feel and response. In addition, the lithium-ion battery’s state-of-charge is set to maintain a consistent torque delivery and response from the torque vectoring system for consistency in lap times. Also, the electronic stability control can be disabled in this mode.

The 2017 NSX will be built at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, which is manned by nearly 100 associates. This includes 70 skilled manufacturing technicians responsible for body construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation. The unique twin-turbo V6 engine is built at the engine plant in Anna, Ohio, and is broken in on a dyno before it is mated to the direct drive motor and nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This assembly is dynamically balanced before being shipped to the assembly plant in Marysville. The front-mounted Twin Motor Unit and other hybrid system components are sourced from Japan, which is also where the initial design work took place. This was developed and taken to production by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles.

2017 ACURA NSX: Specifications and Features 

Power Unit

 

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit

Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT

Maximum Total System Power

573 hp 

Approx. Top Speed

191 mph

ENGINE

 

Type

Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6

Layout

 Longitudinally mid-mounted

Displacement

3493 cc

Horsepower - SAE Net

500 hp @ 6500-7500 rpm

Torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2000-6000 rpm

Maximum Engine Speed

7500 rpm

Power Output Per Liter

143 hp/liter

Bore and Stroke

3.6 in. x 3.5 in.

Compression Ratio 

10.0:1

Valve Train

24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts

Intake Valve Construction

Forged steel

Exhaust Valve Construction

Forged steel , sodium-filled

Valve Angle

30 degrees (include angle)

Cylinder Block and Head Material

Aluminum alloy

Cylinder Bore Lining

Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray

Cylinder Bank Angle

75 degrees

Crankshaft Construction

Forged steel

Piston Construction

Cast aluminum with integrated cooling channel

Connecting Rod Construction

Forged steel, dowel pin

Fuel Injection

Direct and port

Throttle Control

Drive-by-Wire throttle system

Fuel Requirement

Premium unleaded

Lubrication

Dry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump

Oil Type

Synthetic 0W-40

Cooling system

Liquid and oil cooling

Exhaust System Layout

Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank

TWIN TURBOCHARGERS

 

Turbocharger Type

Single vane

Maximum Boost Pressure

105 kPa (1.05 bar)

Turbine Construction

Inconel

Wastegate Control

Electrical

Recirculation Valves

Air bypass type

Intercooler Dimensions

Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm

REAR DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR

 

Type

Water-cooled motor/generator

Layout

Direct drive situated between engine & transmission; Crankshaft output shaft-attached permanent magnet rotor & in-engine body- copper windings

Horsepower @ rpm

47 @ 3000

Torque @ rpm)

109 lb.-ft. @ 500-2000

TRANSMISSION & REAR AXLE

 

Type

9-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (9DCT)

1st Gear Ratio

3.838

2nd

2.433

3rd

1.778

4th

1.428

5th

1.211

6th

1.038

7th

0.881

8th

0.747

9th

0.634

Reverse

2.395

Rear Axle Ratio

3.583

Limited Slip Differential – Wet Multi Plate

Torque bias ratio: Drive 2.0, Coast 2.6, 30N-m Pre load

FRONT TWIN MOTOR UNIT (TMU)

 

Type

Twin traction motor/generator

Layout

Independent, twin motors packaged back-to-back with a single clutch, gear-linked system

Horsepower @ rpm

36 + 36  @ 4000

Torque @ rpm

54 + 54 lb.-ft. @ 0-2000

ADDITIONAL POWER UNIT CONTROLS

 

Integrated Dynamics System

Four-mode system: Quiet, Sport, Sport+, Track

Hill Start Assist

 

Idle-Stop System

 

BODY / SUSPENSION / CHASSIS

 

Chassis Type

Aluminum-intensive, Multi Material

Body/Frame Construction

Multi-material (primarily aluminum) space frame with aluminum and low-density SMC outer panels, and cast aluminum suspension mounting points

Ablation Cast Aluminum Nodes

Complex high performance aluminum castings for crush zones; World's first automotive application

Corrosion Pre-Treatment

Zirconium pre-treat material; Environmentally friendly

A-Pillar Structure

3-D Bent and Quenched ultra-high-strength steel (1500 Mpa); World's first application

Floor Panel

Carbon fiber core

Front Suspension Type

Double-wishbone, double lower control arm; aluminum

Front Dampers

Active Gen III magnetorheological coilovers

Front Stabilizer Bar

Hollow steel, 1.04 in. diameter x 0.13 in. wall thickness

Rear Supension Type

Multi-link; aluminum

Rear Dampers

Active Gen III magnetorheological coilovers

Rear Stabilizer Bar

Hollow steel; 0.98 in. diameter x 0.12 in. wall thickness

Front Brake Calipers

Brembo 6-piston aluminum monoblock

Front Brake Rotor Type

Base: 2-Pc Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-Pc Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center

Front Brake Rotor Size

Iron: 14.5 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick
Carbon ceramic: 15 in. diameter x 1.3 in. thick

Rear Brake Calipers

Brembo 4-piston Aluminum Monoblock

Rear Brake Rotor Type

Base: 2-piece Floating Iron Disks w/ Aluminum center
Option: 2-piece Floating Carbon Ceramic Disks w/ Aluminum center

Rear Brake Rotor Size

14.2 in. dia. X 1.3 in. thick (both iron and carbon ceramic)

Steering Type

Variable ratio rack & pinion; Dual-pinion EPS

Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock

1.91

Steering Ratio

Variable progressive; Range: 12.9:1 (on center) to 11.07:1

Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb  (ft)

39.7 ft

Front Wheels 

19x8.5J Forged Aluminum

Front Tires

245/35ZR-19 93Y SOT

Rear Wheels 

20x11J Forged Aluminum

Rear Tires

305/30ZR-20 103Y SOT

Spare Tire

Tire Repair Kit

Fuel Tank Layout

Twin fuel tanks mounted between the engine and IPU

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

Wheelbase

103.5 in.

Length

176 in.

Height

47.8 in.

Width (with mirrors)

87.3 in

Track (front/rear)

65.2 in. / 63.7 in.

Ground Clearance (unladen)

3.7 in.

Approach/Departure Angles

9.2° / 12.9°

CAPACITIES & WEIGHTS

 

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.6 gal

Curb Weight (without options)

3,803 lbs.

Weight Distribution (front / rear without options)

42% / 58%

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

Seating Capacity

2

Headroom

38.3 in.

Legroom

42.8 in.

Shoulder Room

57.6 in.

Hip Room

54.5 in.

Cargo Volume (behind rear engine compartment)

3.9 ft3

Passenger Volume

44.0 ft3

EPA MILEAGE RATINGS / FUEL

 

Fuel Economy Ratings

TBD

Fuel Type

Premium

ACTIVE SAFETY FEATURES

 

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control

 

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

 

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

 

Brake Assist

 

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

 

PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES

 

Single-Stage Driver, Dual-Stage Passenger, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)

 

SmartVent® Front Side Airbags

 

One-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

 

3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System

 

Upper Tether for Child Seat on Passenger-Side

 

Driver's and Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder

 

DRIVER ASSISTIVE FEATURES

 

Cruise Control

 

Auto High-Beam Headlights

 

Corner and Backup Sensors

 

EXTERIOR FEATURES

 

Flush-mounted automatic power pop-out door handles

 Auto pop out upon approach with keyless entry fob

Capless Fuel Filler

 

Radio Antenna

Integrated into windshield

Acoustic Windshield

 

Acoustic Glass Rear Cabin Window

 

LED Brake Lights

 

Variable Intermittent Wipers

 

Remote keyless Smart Entry system

 

Side  Mirrors

Body-colored power heated with reverse auto tilt-down and integrated LED turn indicators; Optional memory feature

Security System

 

Headlamps

LED with Auto-On/Off

Body Panels

Composite

Roof Panel

Aluminum or optional exposed-weave carbon fiber

INTERIOR & COMFORT / CONVENIENCE

 

Beverage Holder

Two-cup holder unit that slides into a slot in the center console on passenger side

Automatic Air Conditioning with air filtration system

 

Push Button Start

 

Active Noise Control™ (ANC)

 

Active Sound Control (ASC)

 

Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down

 

Power Door Locks

 

Cruise Control

 

Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column (manual)

 

Center Console Storage

Multi-functional storage system

Lockable Glove Compartment

 

12-Volt Power Outlet

 

Power Remote Fuel Filler Door Release

 

Rear Engine Compartment Window Defroster w/ Timer

 

Cargo Area Light

 

Cargo Area Tie-Down Anchors (4 Total)

Optional accessory cargo net

Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls

Cruise / Audio / Phone / Display Audio

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

 

HomeLink® Remote System

 

Frameles Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

 

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Available carbon fiber trim

LED Interior Ambient Lighting

 

Leather--Trimmed Instrument Panel

 

Leather-Trimmed Door Panels

 

Alcantara Roof Lining

 

SEATING

 

Seats

Perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed with manual adjusters; Optional 4-way power adjusters

Seat Leather

Milano leather standard; Semi-aniline leather option

Heated Seats

 

AUDIO & CONNECTIVITY

 

7-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800x480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings

 

Audio System

Standard Audio system: 8 speakers, including subwoofer
Optional ELS Studio Premium Audio system: 9 speakers, including subwoofer

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®

 

Bluetooth® Streaming Audio

 

MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack

MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack

USB Audio Interface

2USB ports in car
(In glove box) 1.0Amp charge capability & USB connection without CarPlay & Android auto  connectivity
(In console box) 1.5Amp charge capability & USB connection with CarPlay & Android auto  connectivity

AcuraLink® Next Generation

 

SMS Text Message Function

 

SiriusXM® Radio

Option

Pandora® Compatibility

 

Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic

 

HDMI Interface

In rear console

HD Radio™

 

Siri Eyes Free

 

Android Auto

 

Apple CarPlay

 

INSTRUMENTATION

 

Digital Speedometer

TFT Screen

Tachometer

TFT Screen

Coolant Temperature Indicator

Analog gauge

Fuel Level Indicator

Analog gauge

DYNAMIC TFT GUAGE CLUSTER

 

4.2-Inch Color TFT Screen

8-Inch Color TFT Screen

Integrated Dynamics System-linked Dynamic Meters

Meter Graphics Color change: Quiet-Blue; Sport-White; Sport+ and Track-Red

Average Fuel Economy Indicator

 

Gear Position Indicator

 

Instant Fuel Economy Indicator

 

Miles-to-Empty Indicator

 

Odometer and Trip Meters (2)

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators

 

Exterior Temperature Indicator

 

Compass

 

Turn-By-Turn Directions

 

Customizable Feature Settings

 

COLORS

 

EXTERIOR

 

Valencia Red Pearl

 

Nouvelle Blue Pearl

 

Casino White Pearl

 

Source Silver Metallic

 

Nord Gray Metallic

 

Curva Red

 

130R White

 

Berlina Black

 

INTERIOR

Ebony

All interior colors are available with all exterior colors

Saddle

Red

Seacoast

FACTORY OPTIONS

 

Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport Package

Carbon fiber front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser;

Dark chrome exhaust finisher

Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

 

Carbon Fiber Roof

 

Carbon Ceramic Brake Rotors

Includes choice of black, red or silver brake calipers

Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler

 

Exclusive Interwoven Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Choice of machined, painted or polished finish

Technology Package - ELS Studio Audio System

Includes 9 speakers, Navigation, AcuraLink, front and rear parking sensors

Technology Package - ELS Studio Audio with XM Satellite Radio

Same as above, adds XM Satellite radio

Interior Carbon Fiber Sport Package

Includes carbon fiber meter visor and steering wheel garnish, aluminum foot rest and sport pedals

Alcantara Headliner

Black

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