One of the things that has always made the Acura NSX special is its engine, and Acura is showcasing the marvel of its current twin-turbo V-6 in a 10-minute short film that offers an up-close look at its development, construction, racing prowess and human connection.
Unlike the original, which was built at a dedicated facility in Japan, the current NSX is built in Ohio, where it was designed and engineered. Its 3.5-litre V-6, hand-built at a specialized 370 square metre facility in Anna, Ohio, is also used virtually stock for racing purposes in the NSX GT3 EVO race car, in testament to its design and durability.
“It’s here at the Anna Engine Plant, where the heart of the NSX gets to beat for the very first time,” said Jim Mankin, who served as the engine quality project leader for production of the NSX engine. “The NSX engine room is staffed with the best-of-the best talent from our assembly department who hand-build the engine that powers Acura’s American-made super car and who help the NSX make its mark on the world of manufacturing.”
The original NS-X’s all-aluminum 3.0-litre V-6 was also a marvel for its time, featuring the then-new VTEC system. Although the car featured several technologies from Honda’s racing programs, the engine itself was not meant for racing applications, though it was heavily modified to handle such rigours. The new engine was designed and developed as a potential racing engine right from the start.
The short film highlights the craftsmanship that brings the NSX engine to life, touching on the background and development of bespoke design. It features an in-depth interview with Ted Klaus, president of Honda Performance Development, who was the global development leader of the NSX back in 2011, making the new car a worthy successor to the first car, without simply copying it.
“The development leaders of the original NSX told us not to copy what they did. NSX is all about pushing into the future and going beyond,” said Klaus. “The core thing is that it’s not technology for technology’s sake – it’s technology in service to our customers, and it makes me extremely proud. This is an engine that is truly worthy of the name ‘NSX.’”