2017 Acura NSX Leads the 2016 Rose Parade as Official Pace Car

The annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California kicked off this New Year’s morning lead by the 2017 Acura NSX. As the presenting sponsor of the Rose Parade, Honda elected the next-generation NSX to serve as the official pace car. A pair of NSXs, one driven by IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, lead the front of the parade just ahead of the first float entry, Honda’s “Nature’s Hope”.

You can see a replay of the 2016 Rose Parade at ktla.com – Watch the 2016 Rose Parade Replay.

[Image Source: Honda, Ryan Hunter-Reay via Twitter]

2017 Acura NSX Featured in Motor Trend February 2016 Issue

The 2017 Acura NSX shares the cover of Motor Trend’s February 2016 issue alongside the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Tesla Model S P90D in the rear.

Although the front headline reads “both hit 0-60 in 2.6(seconds)”, those numbers are actually referring to the Audi and Tesla. Motor Trend says they don’t have a 0-60 time for the NSX yet, but they expect a time below 3 seconds.

Inside, the issue contains a first drive review of the 2017 Acura NSX by Jason Cammisa and an exterior  design analysis by Tom Gale.

Motor Trend’s February 2016 issue is now available on newsstands and as a digital download.

[Source: Motor Trend]

Acura Shares Details of Next-Generation Acura NSX Sales Plan

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Dec 18, 2015 – TORRANCE

  • 2017 Acura NSX U.S. MSRP set at $156,000
  • First 2017 NSX to be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson in January
  • Online configurator and customer order taking to begin Feb. 25

Acura today announced additional launch details for the next-generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar, coming to market next spring, including pricing and the order taking process. Acura also revealed plans to auction off the very first serial production NSX, VIN 001, at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. the last week of January 2016.  All proceeds from the auction sale will go to a pair of children’s charities: the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning artist Zac Brown.

Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the 2017 Acura NSX will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $156,000 in the U.S. and will top out at $205,700 when equipped with all available factory features and options1. As Acura’s first build-to-order vehicle, customers will be able to design their NSX by selecting one of eight rich exterior colors and four interior color schemes available in three different seating surface options. Customers can further customize their NSX through several exterior and interior features including three wheel designs with painted or polished finish, carbon-ceramic brake options, a carbon fiber interior sport package, carbon fiber roof, and more.

“The NSX is the pinnacle expression of Acura precision crafted performance and we’re thrilled to take the next step toward bringing it to market,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “We’re creating new space within the supercar realm, pushing the envelope beyond the conventional thinking about supercars – just like the original NSX.”

Customer order taking for the new NSX will begin on Feb. 25, 2016 at authorized NSX retailers, in concert with the launch of a vehicle configurator on Acura.com.  The configurator will be the first engagement point for customers interested in exploring the process of ordering a vehicle from an authorized NSX retailer and enthusiasts who want to configure their dream NSX. Once customers have customized their vehicle online, they can schedule an appointment with an authorized NSX retailer to finalize the order.

The 2017 NSX will be the first all-new Acura vehicle to be auctioned for the benefit of charitable organizations – certified to be the very first serial production NSX. The winner will be able to customize their NSX to their choosing.

“The very first production NSX will be such a special and historic vehicle, so we wanted to make sure we treat the sale of it in an equally special way,” said Ikeda.  “It will be available for purchase by anyone – anyone that is, who submits the highest bid for VIN number 001 at the world famous Barrett-Jackson auction. And we’re pleased to be able to support two incredible children’s charities, Camp Southern Ground and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, with the NSX.”

More information on Barrett-Jackson can be found at barrett-jackson.com.

[Source: Acura]

GTA V Mod Let’s You Customize the 2017 Acura NSX

Officially, we’re all still waiting to see the 2017 Acura NSX added to our favorite racing sim. We don’t know when you’ll get to test drive the new NSX in Gran Turismo or Forza, but if you’re a Grand Theft Auto V gamer, you can now access it with an unofficial PC mod.

In a YouTube video containing actual gameplay footage from Grand Theft Auto V, we see a model of the latest NSX ready for customization. The title says it’s a 2015, but other than the Acura badge being in a different location, it definitely has the design of the 2017 MY. There are a ton of mods to swap in and out – from splitters, hood air ducts, rear window louvers and wings, the combinations are endless.

The mod also let’s you take your creation through the streets of San Andreas with the usual Grand Theft Auto driving physics. That being said, don’t expect true handling characteristics or complain that you can’t feel the SH-AWD.

Check out some screenshots and videos of the 2017 Acura NSX mod below.

[Source: GTA Show via YouTube]

Video: Motor Trend Ignition Reviews the 2017 Acura NSX

The YouTube video is titled: “2017 Acura NSX: The Slowest Supercar in the World?” Sure, it’s a clever headline to get people clicking, but this video is actually worth the watch. However, just to clarify, they’re NOT referring to 0-60 times or the actual speed of the new NSX, rather it was a jab at Acura for taking so long to produce a successor to the original NSX.

The video itself is just over 13-minutes long, and is one of the most comprehensive and visually inspiring reviews on the 2017 NSX to date. Ignition host Jason Cammisa starts off with a nice intro of the original NSX and then transitions into the development process of the second generation NSX. There’s even an explanation on torque-vectoring, wheel chair and all.

Cammisa goes on to describe what he likes and dislikes about the new NSX, and you’ll soon find that he doesn’t hold back on his criticism. Though I found that much of it comes from his comparisons to the original, and his notion that the new NSX should have stayed more true to its lineage.

Check out Cammisa’s full review of the 2017 Acura NSX in the latest episode of Ignition below.

[Source: Motor Trend via YouTube]

Gallery: NSXs at Honda Racing Thanks Day 2015

A variety of NSXs participated in the annual Honda Racing Thanks Day event which took place on Sunday at Twin Ring Motegi. The 2017 Honda NSX made an appearance along with a few NSX CONCEPT-GTs and the Team Kunimitsu NSX. Check out the rest of the photos from Honda’s live report page.

[Source: Honda Japan]