Acura has released some technical data on its upcoming NSX supercar. The mid-mounted twin turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 will crank out 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Add in the hybrid system and the output increases to 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. That should translate to a 0-60 run in just three seconds even and Acura claims a top track speed of 191 mph. A nine-speed dual clutch transmission will be offered. Hybrid technology will result in what Acura calls “zero delay” when the driver punches the accelerator and the turbo is getting its act together. Electric motors will rotate the front wheels immediately when power is demanded for instant gratification. Here are some key numbers:
|Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit||Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT|
|Maximum Total System Power||573 hp|
|Approx. Top Speed||191 mph|
|Type||Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6|
|Horsepower – SAE Net||500 hp @ 6500-7500 rpm|
|Torque||406 lb.-ft. @ 2000-6000 rpm|
|Maximum Engine Speed||7500 rpm|
|Power Output Per Liter||143 hp/liter|
|ADDITIONAL POWER UNIT CONTROLS|
|Integrated Dynamics System||Four-mode system: Quiet, Sport, Sport+, Track|
|Hill Start Assist|
|Track (front/rear)||65.2 in. / 63.7 in.|
|Ground Clearance (unladen)||3.7 in.|
|Approach/Departure Angles||9.2° / 12.9°|
|CAPACITIES & WEIGHTS|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15.6 gal|
|Curb Weight (without options)||3,803 lbs.|
|Weight Distribution (front / rear without options)||42% / 58%|
Another gizmo, that’s my technical term, will vary the level of engine sounds fed into the cockpit depending on what drive mode is selected. There will be a rather significant 25 db variance depending on how much you want to scare or impress the person next to you. After a four year development stage, production of the NSX should begin next year. Acura has not disclosed a price, but $150,000 is the figure being kicked around.
Audi’s A8 L 4.0T Sport model picks up 15 horsepower for 2016 for a total of 450. Check the right boxes and you can get a 22-way Comfort front seat with Valona leather and “diamond pattern stitching.” Pricing for the top-of-the-line Audi begins at $90,500.
There is also a new Mini convertible on the horizon, the first powered by BMW group engine technology and architecture. Along with 11 exterior colors, two engines will be offered. The Cooper model comes with an inline 3-cylinder turbo rated at 134 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 1,250 rpm. A six speed manual or a six speed automatic will be customer choices. Move up to the Cooper S and you get an inline 4-cylinder turbo with 189 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 207 lb-ft of torque at 1,250 rpm with the same transmission choices. Mini cites a 0-60 of 6.7 seconds with the manual shift and one tenth of a second longer with the automatic. Top speed will be an “excuse me officer” 142 mph. The drop top will go on sale here next March.
Ford, this morning, reported a record third quarter profit and its best quarter ever in North America helped in part by full availability of its aluminum bodied F-150 pickup. Third quarter earnings more than doubled those of a year earlier while earnings per share, a key number for many on Wall Street, came to 45 cents. Some forecasters were looking for 46 cents a share but revenue topped estimates. Net income hit $1.9 billion, a significant increase from the $835 million a year earlier, basically due to strong demand in North America.
The good times in Detroit should continue if the prediction from Kelley Blue Book comes true next week. KBB is forecasting a 12 percent increase in October new vehicle sales. At 1.43 million, it could be the highest October volume since 2001 thanks to low gas prices, lower jobless claims, and low interest rates.