LOS ANGELES -- Twenty minutes into Acura’s first drive event for its all-new 2017 NSX sports car, things were not going well.
Before letting a few journalists loose on Sonoma Raceway in northern California in a pair of gleaming pre-production NSX models parked outside, Acura gave us a long-winded technical presentation about every detail on the car.
In a windowless classroom next to the track, terms like “ablation casting” and “human support cockpit” were thrown around. Always rational Honda, it seemed, was having trouble getting its head around what is largely an irrational segment.
Eyes glazed over. Fidgeting started. Emails were surreptitiously checked.
And then finally the fog lifted. Having teased the world since 2012, when a second-generation NSX concept debuted at the Detroit auto show, Acura told us the real details we’d been waiting for: 573 horsepower, 476 pound-feet of torque, a 3,803-pound curb weight and 0-60 mph in just over three seconds.
Details on the rest of the NSX drivetrain have been out for a while. A hand-built, direct-injected 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine sits behind the car’s two passengers. It was developed specifically for the NSX and makes 500 horsepower.
The rest of the car’s juice comes from three electric motors: one powering each of the front wheels, and a third motor that’s positioned between the gas engine and the nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The motors’ lithium-ion battery is wedged between the seats and the engine.