Finally, at long last, the day has arrived! The first serial production 2017 Acura NSX is headed into the wild.
Tuesday, workers cheered as the first 2017 Acura NSX rolled off Acura’s assembly line in Ohio. It comes four years after Acura first debuted a concept version of the supercar at the Detroit Auto Show, so to say we’re excited this gorgeous sportster is finally here is an understatement.
If you’re wondering who the lucky guy wearing the sweater vest is in the picture, it’s Nascar team owner Rick Hendrick. He bid $1.2 million bucks to custom order the first model at the Barrett-Jackson auction back in January.
Hendrick drove his Valencia Red Pearl Acura NSX off the line. VIN 001 features exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fiber upgrades including the engine cover, roof, and rear decklid spoiler.
“Today marks the realization of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio,” said Clement D’Souza, engineering large project leader for the Acura NSX.
All proceeds from Hendrick’s winning auction bid benefitted the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.
“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” says Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”
Acura’s new Ohio plant is formally called the Performance Manufacturing Center. It’s where Acura will assemble all of the NSX models. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is hand-assembled at a different plant nearby. It’s mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and rear direct drive electric motor. Acura’s engineers break-in each engine to the equivalent of 150-miles to make sure it’s track-ready.
We can’t wait to see one of these in the wild for ourselves!
Photo Credit: Acura