The woman behind the Acura NSX 2016August 8, 2019
All agree that the Acura NSX 2016 unveiled last week at the International Auto Show in Detroit is spectacular, both technologically and visually. What many people do not know, however, is that the new Acura supercar was developed by a woman.
Michelle Christensen became the first woman to be at the head of a team to develop an exotic car. She joined the Acura NSX 2016 design team after unveiling one of the first concepts at the 2012 Detroit International Auto Show. We also have the Acura ZDX and the new generation of the RLX to the 34-year-old woman from the renowned design school Pasadena Art Center College.
The one who developed her passion for the young indoor car cover alongside her father said she was inspired by the sober and efficient designs of old cars when designing a car. When the time came to design the NSX, Michelle Christensen said the goal was to design a vehicle that would stand out visually.
“With a supercar, everything is amplified. She had to stand out and we treated her like a sculpture, “said Michelle Christensen in an interview with Automotive News.
The Acura NSX finally presented in its final form
Acura made us wait a few years, but the wait was worth it. The Japanese manufacturer unveiled yesterday at the International Auto Show in Detroit in its official form its next supercar, the Acura NSX.
Powered by a hybrid engine with three electric motors and a centrally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine, the Acura NSX delivers more than 550 horsepower and features all-wheel drive Super Handling All Wheel Drive. A 9-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission transmits power to all four wheels. Exotic materials such as aluminum for suspension and structure, carbon fiber for the floor and ceramic for the brakes are also on the menu.
In terms of ecology, the Acura NSX will offer a “Quiet” driving mode that will only use the energy of electric motors to propel the car up to a speed of 80 km / h.
The Acura NSX will aim to compete with other high-performance eco-friendly vehicles like the BMW i8 and Tesla Model S, but also against established high-performance cars like the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911. Even the Ferrari 458 Italia is often named as a main rival, although it will be necessary to wait to know the specifications related to the performances of the NSX in order to know if it is really a rival to the Ferrari.
We do not know the exact power of the new NSX or its average consumption, but we know that visually, it is particularly impressive with its aggressive and muscular look and its 20-inch rims at the rear and 19 inches at the rear. ‘before. With a length of 4.47 meters, it looks like the Audi R8 in terms of dimensions.
Detroit Auto Show: The Acura Precision Concept in Pictures
Acura is a brand that struggles to stand out in the luxury car market. The models of the brand have nothing to reproach themselves, but they lack a little personality to seduce consumers preferring to turn to Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi.
Larger than the flagship flagship Acura RLX, the Precision Concept is also equipped with interesting technological elements such as a system that detects the driver and the occupants in order to adjust the various parameters according to their tastes, as well as a huge curved central screen controlled using a touchpad. Acura did not talk about motorization at all.
Acura announces 2017 NSX price
Looking for an amazing last-minute Christmas present, why not a 2017 Acura NSX ? However, it will be necessary to have the pocket well hollow to buy this supercar .
Acura announced the sale price of the 2017 NSX, a starting price of $ 189,900. The bill can go up to $ 250,100 if you choose all available options.
Despite being 6 months late in production and delivery, the Acura NSX will be on sale in a few accredited dealers as early as next spring. The configuration can also be done online on the Acura website.
By paying this amount, the customer has the chance to customize the vehicle to his taste with variations of rims, different models of seats and a multitude of colors for the cabin and body.
The second generation of this sport has been talking a lot recently, especially the version that will adopt a Sport Hybrid Super Handling all-wheel drive, with a power of 573 horsepower.
How much will your car be worth in 5 years
Toyota and Acura won first place in the consumer and luxury vehicle categories, as part of the study conducted by Edmunds.com on the residual value of cars after five years in the market.
Specifically, Edmunds’ specialists evaluate vehicles sold in North America and whose manufacturer sells a total market of more than 100,000 units in a single year. Each of the manufacturers studied must offer more than four models to reach this number of units sold.
In the case of Toyota, making calculations based on current market value and demand, experts estimate that the car will retain 52.4% of its total value after five years. In the case of Acura, the residual value is estimated at 46.9%.
In terms of luxury cars, Porsche and Lexus received honorable mentions, while Subaru, GMC and Honda received the same honor for more affordable cars.
The ranking affects not only the manufacturers, but also the models themselves.