Every 2017 Acura NSX Is Hand-Built in America
If you drive a 2017 Acura NSX home from a Chicagoland Acura Dealer, know that it’s not too far from where it was built. Every new NSX is assembled by hand at a production plant in Ohio, overhauled specifically for the supercar. At the entrance to the Performance Manufacturing Center are three words that embody their dedication to building your supercar: Passion. Teamwork. Precision.
The Performance Manufacturing Center is 200,000 square feet of innovation, and it’s where each NSX transforms from its individual pieces into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Building the NSX
It takes new kinds of thinking and engineering in order to build a supercar that will reinvent the auto world the NSX aims to, and the Performance Manufacturing Center embraces that same level of innovation in constructing every NSX. Specialists in each production area were given a task: Imagine their ideal work station and assembly process. That ideal was made a reality with new systems, new tools, new materials, and new assembly practices—resulting in a dozen new patents pending.
Not only is the NSX unlike any other vehicle on the road, it’s not assembled like any other vehicle in the world. Here’s a glimpse at what NSX body assembly looks like:
- Ten dip tanks are used to clean and rinse every surface.
- An electro-deposition coating is applied to those surfaces and then cured.
- Technicians apply 11 coats of primer, paint, and clear coat, one coat at a time.
- After all coats have been cured, each NSX panel is handled with soft leather gloves while assembled.
- A final laser inspection ensures the vehicle fits the exact design specifications.
Though everything is done by hand, nothing is done inefficiently. While the body is being painted, the rest of the vehicle is being assembled, from its power unit to chassis parts to interior finishing and controls. Screws are started by hand and tightened with precision wrenches. Exterior panels are put on last to keep the finish protected.
During this process, eight associates build the NSX engine and record every torque measurement on all 547 bolts before breaking the engine in so it’s ready to hit full throttle when we hand the keys to you.
Test Drive an NSX
Now that you know a bit about what goes into the NSX, stop by a Chicagoland Acura Dealer near you today and get behind the wheel to see what handcrafted performance looks and feels like.