Auto News: First 2017 Acura NSX, Muscle Car Crash Tests (Video)

2017 NSX

The first 2017 NSX rolls off the production line, plus new muscle car crash tests in this week’s Auto News.

First 2017 NSX Rolls Off Assembly Line

The first serial production 2017 Acura NSX is officially in the wild. The successor to the brand’s beloved sportster rolled off the assembly line in Ohio last week.

The lucky owner of the $150,000-plus sports car? NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.  He won the right to custom order the first supercar at auction earlier this year. His winning bid of $1.2 million benefitted charity.

The NSX gets its juice from a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V6 which sends power to all four wheels. The engine makes 500 horses and the motors offer another 73, for a total of 573 hp. The car will shoot 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a  top speed of 191 mph.

The NSX is being built at Acura’s new plant in Ohio.

Muscle Car Crash Tests

New muscle car crash tests are in from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The group recently tested three muscle cars – the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger – for the first time.

None of them qualified for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK. To earn that rating a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention. To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

safety ratings

So why hasn’t the IIHS done such extensive testing on sports cars before?

Researchers say it’s because they make up such a small share of the entire market. They tested these with V8 engines because they are the biggest sellers in their class, and drivers often asked about the crash worthiness ratings.

Photo credit: Acura
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