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Mar
28

Hot Details About the Long-Awaited 2017 Acura NSX

Author JoeC    Category News     Tags

2017-acura-nsxThe highly anticipated 2017 Acura NSX has finally made its debut, giving the motoring world the follow-up it’s been waiting for to one of the most significant sports cars of the 1990s.

This second-generation supercar comes to the road powered by a twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 engine that produces a dynamite 500 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, and this baby’s top track speed is approximately 191 mph.

Way Outside the Box

In terms of its looks and powertrain, the new NSX is certainly not your typical vehicle.

In addition to the powerhouse twin-turbo engine, Honda has additionally added three electric motors—one on the engine and two on the front axle. These four power sources offer up a total system output of 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque.

This four-motor hybrid system is combined with electronic all-wheel drive and a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Essentially, the new NSX offers up double the power of the original model.

Made in America

The new NSX models will be produced quite gradually. Once production is in full swing, Honda will build just eight of these models each day.

The next-generation NSX cars will be constructed at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. This facility boasts eight MIG welding robots—which is good, as the NSX chassis alone requires between 850 and 900 welds.

NSX production will also gobble up 4 gallons of paint per car, which will be applied in 11 layers over the body of each NSX.

According to Honda’s official website for the NSX, available exterior paint colors will include:

  • Curva Red
  • Berlina Black
  • 130R White
  • Source Silver Metallic
  • Casino White Pearl
  • Nord Gray Metallic
  • Valencia Red Pearl
  • Nouvelle Blue Pearl

When assembly concludes on a new NSX model, the final step is placing the car on a four-post shaker rig for 20 minutes, which simulates various road surfaces, after which the car is put through a “monsoon test,” exposing it to twice the highest rainfall amount to be recorded during a hurricane.

During Honda’s decade-long development of this new supercar, more than 250 prototypes were built in all—all of which are scheduled to be destroyed, save some models being saved for display.

Mar
9

Our 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 Performance Review

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

2016 Chevy Corvette Z06At For Car Fans, we know that many of our readers have a love of high-performance vehicles, which is why we know you’re as excited as we are to talk about the Corvette Z06. When it comes to cars, there are few that can dream of comparing to a Corvette, and the 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 performance specs now have the supercars of the world in their crosshairs. Priced at just $79,400 (MSRP), the 2016 Corvette Z06 is more powerful and more fun to drive than cars that cost two or three times as much, and it’s due to the combination of the supercharged aluminum V8 engine and the sport-tuned engineering. Let’s take a look at the specs of the Z06. Rest assured, you’ll want to get behind the wheel for yourself, but this is a good start.

Performance Specs

  • Under the Hood – Each of the 2016 Corvette Z06 models is powered by a naturally aspirated supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission – Go old school with a 7-speed stick-shift manual transmission or embrace the latest in auto tech with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission that gets the most out of the supercharged engine.
  • Suspension – Standard Magnetic Ride technology adapts every 10 to 15 milliseconds to adjust for current driving conditions and ensure a smooth ride.
  • Aero Package – The standard Z06 aero package comes with a unique carbon fiber hood, a new front splitter, a unique rear spoiler for improved downforce over the normal Corvette, and spats around the front wheel openings.
  • Performance Data Recorder – Show off your fiercest maneuvers with the built-in performance data recorder, logging video and real-time performance data as you drive.

These features are just a few that allow the Z06 to leave hotrods and sports cars in the past and go toe-to-toe with the best supercars in the world.

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