Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The very first production-model Honda NSX has rolled out of the factory

The very first production model of the all-new Honda NSX (Acura NSX as it is known in the United States) has rolled out of Honda's Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio where it will be made exclusively for the global market.

"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. "Our world class team of expert technicians, through their passion, has realized major innovations in the design and manufacturing of a next-generation Acura supercar that truly delivers incredible precision crafted performance."

Customer #1 of the all-new Honda NSX is Hendrick Motorsports owner and Hendrick Automotive chairman Rick Hendrick who won the opportunity to customer order the first production model by placing a winning bid for it for $1.2 million, with the proceeds going to charity. According to Honda, Hendrick spec'd the VIN 001 Honda NSX to have a Valencia Red Pearl exterior paint finish and fitted it with 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. To complete the experience, Hendrick himself drove the Honda NSX off the production line.

"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," said Hendrick. "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."

It isn't just the Honda NSX's platform that's produced in the United States. Its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 mill is also assembled by hand in Honda's Anna, Ohio engine plant before it is mated to its advanced nine-speed dual clutch transmission and rear direct drive electric motor. Each NSX powertrain is then machine-balanced, bench-tested and broken-in to the equivalent of 240km to ensure that it is track-ready upon customer delivery. The powertrain, along with its revolutionary front-mounted Twin Motor Unit which enables electrically-powered torque vectoring, is then installed at the Performance Manufacturing Center.

"The NSX is a pure expression of the Precision Crafted Performance DNA and challenging spirit that defines the Acura brand," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. "We can't wait to give our clients a chance to experience this dream product, and will carry this day's momentum forward as we continue to invest in and grow Acura."

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