The Acura NSX was one of the most important sports cars of the 1990s and early 2000s. Now Acura is creating the new NSX for the 21st century. This car will feature a four-motor hybrid system, electronic all-wheel drive and nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. There are two headlines regarding the NSX this week. First, the company is introducing NSX GT3, a purpose-built racer designed to comply with FIA’s GT3 homologation specifications. Second, Acura has confirmed the NSX will become the most expensive supercar ever built in the United States.
Enter the NSX GT3
Acura is showing off its race car version of the NSX in New York at the Auto Show this week. The NSX GT3 differs from the NSX by getting rid of the trick hybrid all-wheel-drive system and the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. It keeps the 3.5-liter V6, but only in the guise of twin-turbo guise, with no electrical boost, driving the rear wheels through a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The NSX GT3 race car will feature custom bodywork and aero components, including a large deck wing spoiler, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents for efficient engine cooling. In a press release, Acura said: “The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX race car to fruition.”
Most Expensive US-Based SuperCar
The NSX meanwhile, beings production this April at Honda’s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The NSX will surpass the Dodge Viper, which is the current most expensive car built in the USA. The metric was created an analyzed by Matt DeLorenzo, of Kelly Blue Book fame, and has now been reported by Biz Journals.
The NSX nearly doubles the cost of the Doge Viper, with a price tag of $156,000, in comparison to the approximately $90,000 it costs to build a Viper. The Dodge Viper is manufactured at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. Ford does have a new, super expensive supercar in the works with the Ford GT, which is expected to top the scale at $400,000-plus. However, the GT will actually be built by Multimatic Inc., a Ford supplier in Canada. The Canadian link means it will be an officially Canadian-built car, taking over for the many generations of Ford GT’s that were born and bred in Detroit.
When you factor in the options and top trim levels, the highest range NSX will easily break the $200,000 mark. There may well be more versions and limited editions of the NSX, as the NSX GT3 aptly demonstrates. In 2016, Honda plans to build 800 units, with the first ready for delivery shortly after they hit the assembly line in Marysville.