Go Inside the Factory Where Acura Builds the NSX Supercar
The Acura NSX is back. Honda’s luxury arm has finally revived the iconic vehicle, which in 1990 proved the Japanese automaker could build a no-compromise supercar, and developed a cult-like following. Honda killed the car in 2005, but announced in 2011 that it was coming back—as a hybrid. That car is now slowly rolling off the line at the company’s new, 200,000-square foot facility in Marysville, Ohio.
At the risk of understatement, the NSX is a fast machine. It’s capable of a blistering 191 miles per hour and goes from 0 to 60 in three seconds. The keys to that kind of speed? Lots of power and lightweight materials, sure. But to make a car this fast, you have to go slowly—and precisely.
That’s why, at the new plant, tolerances are mil-spec. Humans and their robot buds will eventually crank out eight samples of the twin-turbo V6, hybridized sports car per shift. That’s the time it takes the plant down the road to build 900 Accords. They’ll go slowly, Acura says, because supercars demand exacting attention, even if they never experience the demands of a racetrack. To see how it’s done, we took a tour of the sleek new assembly line.