TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 3, 1997) The 1997 Acura NSX represents a significant step forward in performance for one of the most exotic, mid-engine sports cars in the world.
This latest-generation NSX, which was first introduced for the 1991 model year, now offers a larger, more powerful, all-aluminum, 3.2-liter V-6 engine with 6-speed manual transmission, and significant engineering updates to the powertrain, brakes and steering. It now produces 290 horsepower and 224 lbs-ft of torque, increasing the horsepower-to-weight ratio of the aluminum-bodied NSX with 6-speed manual transmission by 7 percent.
The NSX continues its role as a leader in high-performance technology which has been one of its crowning achievements since its introduction,' said Rich Thomas, Acura's executive vice president and general manager, noting that the 1997 NSX with manual transmission increased only 4-1/2 pounds in total weight despite many improvements. "This year's model takes all of its original attributes and raises them to the next level with significantly increased performance."
The all-aluminum, 3.2-liter, dual-overhead-cam 24-valve, 90-degree V-6 is the new standard engine on the 1997 Acura NSX.
Meanwhile, the optional automatic transmission-equipped NSX, with Formula One racing-inspired SportShift mode, continues to utilize the potent 3.0-liter V-6 that provides 252 horsepower and 210 lbs-ft of torque.
Both powerplants feature the exclusive Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system, a Variable Volume Induction System intake configuration, Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and a direct ignition system.
The new 3.2-liter V-6 also features a retuned, free-flowing exhaust system. Other updates for 1997 include:
Manufacturers suggested retail price is $84,000 for the NSX Coupe and $88,000 for the open-top NSX-T equipped with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
- Larger brakes and improved Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) performance
- New aluminum alloys for lighter, high-rigidity body panels;
- Refinements to the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system;
- Adoption of a dual-mass flywheel;
- Highly efficient, heat-absorbing green window glass;
- Anti-theft vehicle immobilizer system;
- Reshaped front spoiler and new machine-finished wheels;
- Two exciting new colors: Spa Yellow. and Monte Carlo Blue.
Like all Acura models, the NSX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC) program privileges such as free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.
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