Final Lap: Acura Halts Regular Series Production of NSX

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
final lap acura halts regular series production of nsx

Attention, future Barrett-Jackson bidders: The final Acura NSX Type S was completed today at the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. Billed as the last production NSX, the Gotham Gray coupe – number 350 of 350 – was allegedly shilled off to a private collection.

But, as with most things in the automotive world, ‘last’ doesn’t actually mean everyone’s fired and sent home. That’s because the PMC crew is now tasked with assembling a limited run of Acura TLX Type S PMC Edition sedans, available in one of three NSX-derived colors and limited to just 300 total units. When the company opened its order books for Curva Red and 130R White models, all 200 examples were apparently reserved in just a few minutes. The next 100-car offering, Long Beach Blue, will be available for reservations beginning December 8th and will likely sell out just as quickly.

As for the NSX, it’s been an interesting ride, showing up on showroom floors in 2016 after what seemed like an elephantine gestation period. Rumors first began swirling a decade earlier, culminating in a whole lotta nothing once the world’s economy took a nosedive in the late ‘00s. Reports again surfaced a couple of years later, with a production model first displayed at the 2015 auto show in Detroit.

Students of the industry will remember that was also the year in which Ford stunned us all with the surprise GT, taking some wind out of Acura’s sails since they surely expected to be the top-billed supercar at that year’s event. To say image is important in this industry is a massive understatement, and there’s an argument to be made that Ford’s successful attempt at stealing Acura’s thunder (the NSX reveal was widely anticipated) may have set the table for that car’s odd – and sometimes lukewarm – reception on the global stage in the years to come.

Still, six years of production is nothing to sneeze at, nor is the total of 2,908 sales during its lifetime. As a refresher, the NSX had a hybrid powertrain comprised of a twin-turbo V6 and a passel of electric motors, all of which were good for 573 horsepower or 602 ponies in the end-of-run Type S edition.

Will we see another NSX at some point in the future? With some companies belting out all-electric hypercars with four-figure horsepower, it is certainly possible.

[Image: Acura]

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  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us.
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