2017 Acura NSX Brings Industrial Supercars Back to North America
The American Midwest is known for a lot of things: from farming and agriculture to manufacturing hubs and railroad lines stretching out to Utah and beyond. While the American auto industry proudly reigned over Detroit for many years, the Midwest had never been associated with high-powered luxury supercars — that is, until now.
Unlike its first-generation predecessor, the 2017 Acura NSX is being manufactured exclusively in Marysville, Ohio — a first for the Japanese automaker’s luxury line. The purpose-built Performance Manufacturing Center, located just three hours south of Detroit, sits adjacent to another plant specializing in familiar Acura cars such as the Acura ILX and TLX.
With a manufacturing center in the midst of the buckeye state’s sprawling farmland, the new Acura NSX joins a short list of only two supercars built in North America — the other being the Ontario, Canada-made Ford GT. For Acura corporate, the move makes sense: by bringing the best of the best to America’s heartland, Acura makes a bold statement of commitment to its target U.S. market.
A number of foreign automakers commit a sizeable portion of their U.S. vehicle development to North American factories, yet choose to keep development of high-end specialty vehicles somewhere closer to home. In manufacturing their top-of-the-line sports car domestically, Acura marries Japanese design with American expertise for a car that’s truly unlike any other.
While the luxury hybrid sports car may be born from cornfields, it will soon be available everywhere from the East Coast to Utah; online orders for the custom-built 2017 NSX open February 25. With a variety of different exterior trims, interior designs, accents and other luxury and technology details, the 2017 NSX can be built to fit the needs of any fan of Acura cars — and then some.
For sports car aficionados from Utah to New England, the wait is almost over. Once official production begins, Acura’s 573-horsepower hybrid powerhouse will be available at dealerships such as Mike Hale Acura. Until then, the only ones privy to a glimpse of the new NSX are the neighboring cows.