MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- Acura sees its new NSX as a 573-hp North Star, a showcase of technology and performance that the brand hopes will infuse its entire lineup in coming years.
Honda has a similar vision for the factory that will build it.
Next month, after a long wait, Honda's 206,000-square-foot Performance Manufacturing Center here will begin building the first NSX supercars for customers around the world. Tucked in a low-slung, nondescript building that used to be a parts supply warehouse, the center is a $70 million test bed for production methods that should eventually spread throughout Honda's global manufacturing empire.
"The point with this [center] is, if we can do something with eight cars, can we do it with 800?" said Clement D'Souza, the center's chief engineer. "Can we expand that or take that technology and apply it to our other plants?"
Potential advances include an innovative paint process, experience gleaned from working with one of the NSX's main elements -- aluminum -- and new tools and assembly procedures.