By on August 14, 2015


After years of delays, a redesigned concept and lots and lots of auto show carpet time, the Acura NSX still isn’t ready for prime time.

The automaker announced today that the NSX would begin production in spring 2016, not this fall as was previously reported. Automobile first reported the delay.

A spokeswoman for Acura said delays at the Marysville, Ohio plant producing the NSX, and changing performance targets for the car were responsible for the setback.

“Since this American-made supercar is the ultimate expression of the Acura brand, we want to ensure we’re delivering the best vehicle and customer experience possible,” an Acura spokeswoman wrote.

The NSX has had a difficult birth, so far.

Automobile reported the addition of turbochargers to the V-6 substantially changed the orientation of the internal combustion engine. Acura’s complex system of three electric motors, two of which power the front axle, wasn’t mentioned by the automaker as being a problem.

Production will start in spring 2016 for a 2017 model-year release. Official prices haven’t been announced, but the car is expected to cost somewhere close to $150,000.

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33 Comments on “Acura NSX Production Pushed Back to Spring 2016...”

  • avatar

    Way too much hype before production. The NSX is old news before it even debuts. That super bowl ad with Seinfeld was what, three years ago? They should have taken the route that Ford did with the new GT. No press about it at all then debut to everyone’s surprise a year before production is to begin.

    • 0 avatar

      Bingo. One of these days automakers will learn from Apple’s playbook of not letting info slip until launch day then enjoy lines of people forming to get the newest thing. At this point the “new” NSX is already old news. Also since we keep waiting the hype keeps building, this means even if it’s good everyone will want to know why its not great. After all they had YEARS to get it right.

    • 0 avatar

      In the modern world, there is simply no such thing as ‘too much hype.’ Look around.

    • 0 avatar

      NSX = Nothing Special eXperimental?

      I do want Acura to succeed, but I find it hard to root for them nowadays. I’m ok if they are late; I prefer that people and companies get things as right as possible. But judging from their planning, design, and engineering, they just seem to lack energy, excitement, and imagination. Mazda has shown you don’t need a ton of money to do those things.

  • avatar

    The good news is that all those who care could fit in a Fit.

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    This car won’t sell because by the time they release it this will be the only model on dealer lots without wings and/or autonomous drive.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree with you. The NSX is going to be so out of date that nobody is going to care about it.

      Add to that that news about the delays of this car are becoming as tedious as the news of that unfortunate executive from Toyota who got arrested in Japan.

      I think the time has come for editors of car publication, TTAC included, to start ignoring it all together.

      This new second generation NSX is as much yesterday’s news as the first one…

  • avatar

    Too many trailers for this film have left audiences everywhere with the belief that they missed it when it was in theaters.

  • avatar

    Honda began production of the original NSX 2 years after Ferrari’s 348.

    This is already 6 years behind the Ferrari 458, and benchmarking the same performance.

    I know Honda isn’t swimming in cash, and they want to make everything perfect, but this is what happens when you spend too long refining a product.

    They are perfectly ticking all the boxes when in reality their market’s tastes change even faster than their work.

    • 0 avatar

      Then Ford stabbed them in the eye at the NAIAS with the GT.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. This comes straight out of the “Unwritten Laws of Business/Engineering” by Skakoon. Simply meet the required production goals, but do not shoot for perfection due to diminishing returns and the infinite potential for expenditure for chasing perfection which will never happen.

  • avatar

    Good Lord! the sound you’ll hear In the showroom is crickets. The people who buy this kind of car have the money, but not the patience or brand-loyalty to wait.

  • avatar

    Which comes first – Tesla Model X or Acura NSX

  • avatar

    These guys just need to pony up the $500 mill for Tesla already. If you squint a little, Tesla plus Acura sort of combines to form Tardy.

  • avatar

    Well I guess they could of rushed it out like the Z06.

  • avatar

    The delay is because they haven’t found anyone to chrome that Acura beak in lots of only two dozen.

    The rest of the world gets black because it’s actually a Honda, but the company wants to maintain the fiction of Acura in North America.

    Employees in Ohio are currently experimenting with home electrochemistry sets they found advertised in the back pages of Popular Mechanics in a virtual last desperate attempt to stave off a further delay to summer 2017.

    Failing that, artisans will have to beat each beak out from sheet stainless using dollies and bean bags in the time-honored manner. Have you priced out artisans lately? They’re into specialty cheeses and crusty breads these days because the pay is better..

  • avatar

    I don’t understand how Acura can sell cars costing $50k to begin with, and to ask triple for something this impractical and already produced by other makers, very poor. The guys and gals that care about this car have a hard enough time affording the 4 ft wide Vinyl Honda and Vtec stickers they put across their 94 Civics.

    • 0 avatar

      While that is _an_ opinion, I haven’t a clue where you would get it from… I’ll have to assume you’ve never driven a Honda product, otherwise you couldn’t make the statement about them not being worth $50K and then turn around and actually pay money for a Hummer product.

      • 0 avatar

        +1. Some people have no clue how they embarrass themselves with comments like that.

      • 0 avatar

        I would throw 50k down on a Toyota I wanted in no time flat, I don’t see what’s to like about Honda nor do I find anything other than maybe the accord worth a second look. Honda makes a lot of boring appliances, granted that may sell, but it doesn’t appeal to me. I would drop my money for the worst product to come out of a Hummer dealership long before I bought the best to come out of a Honda dealer. I don’t hate Honda, I dislike their product. The cars are all snooze worthy and I have no use for minivan or the crossovers they sell.

        I can’t believe I have to defend myself for even saying this, it’s Honda, not Mercedes.

  • avatar

    Right. I see nothing wrong with a six figured Honda product. If you’ve driven the NSX/NSX-T then you’ll understand, maybe. Many criticized Toyota for the LFA and yet, it sold out faster than forecasted. Honda will get this right and won’t require a 500 mile stat oil change like a Chevy.

    • 0 avatar

      A lot of thoughts here:

      1. They may have benchmarked the 458, but the 911 Turbo / Turbo S is the real standardbearer.
      2. Acura NSX brand cache is probably about where the Skyline is. Japanese cult car.
      3. If they price this at Carrerra GTS price (~$120K) and deliver Turbo performance, that would be right. If they think they can command $150K+ for this, I suspect they are deluding themselves.
      4. The LFA sat on dealer lots for at least 2 years, it was a complete disaster of a project, from price point, to performance numbers, to a lack of understanding how to tie a halo car into your brand. All that being said, I would buy one, but I recognize it is a failure. Then again, I would take a Toyota 2000GT over every single classic sports car in existence (including a Ferrari 250GT) so I am not very rational in some ways.

      • 0 avatar

        “The LFA sat on dealer lots for at least 2 years”
        Please explain how a product that had to be custom ordered sat on any dealer’s lot for 2 years?

        • 0 avatar

          I have been to at least 3 Lexus dealerships that still have new LFAs for sale in the showrooms within the last year and a half.

          • 0 avatar

            They were probably bought by dealer principles and then kept in the showroom. The LFA sold out very quickly. I’m actually surprised Toyota didn’t build more of these, to try and spread out that very large investment they made in it.

          • 0 avatar

            If that was so then why were all 3 of them for sale? They weren’t there just sitting there for show, they were all available for sale if you were willing to pony up the cash. It was the same way with the McLaren SLR, my Mercedes dealer had a devil of a time selling the one they had, everytime I went in for service it was there for well over a year, and they had to discount it heavily to move it.

          • 0 avatar

            At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota had four Lexus LFAs on display, all in a row, two red ones, a yellow, and a black one. One was part of the corporate collection. The other three were definitely for sale.

          • 0 avatar

            My brother works as a Lexus dealer, the owner bought the car and displays it at the dealer. Generates a lot of interest. Exactly what a halo car is suppose to.

    • 0 avatar

      If you’re trying to defend the NSX, yeah maybe don’t use the LFA as your example of “getting it right.” The LFA, a car that was a total mess in development hell, arrived incredibly late, with a powertrain a generation behind its rivals, and despite early mistaken claims of the 500 run selling out, new cars were still unsold years after production ended. It was a total flop.

      The Acura at least doesn’t have the absolutely absurd pricing of the LFA, but I don’t think the new R8 V10 and AMG GT are shaking in their boots.

  • avatar

    Beginning to think I will have great grandchildren before this car is released.

  • avatar

    Alfa Romeo will have a full lineup before this car is available in a showroom. And that’s saying something.

    Poor show, Honda. You can do better.

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