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Friday, December 02, 2016

Is ABS in vehicles usefull on roads ?



An anti-lock braking system or anti-skid braking system (ABS) is an automobile safety system that allows the wheels on a motor vehicle to maintain tractive contact with the road surface according to driver inputs while braking, preventing the wheels from locking up (ceasing rotation) and avoiding uncontrolled skidding. It is an automated system that uses the principles of threshold braking and cadence braking which were practiced by skillful drivers with previous generation braking systems. It does this at a much faster rate and with better control than many drivers could manage.


► Why ABS is Important ?


For some people, skidding and sliding on the road is supposed to be fun. This is especially true for racers, and more so for drifters. But for all other “normal” people, wheels locking up on the road is a very bad thing. Because:

► You are not using the full braking potential of the tires, so braking distance will increase substantially.
► You will most likely lose some, if not all control of your vehicle when the wheels lock up.
► Your tires will wear out much more quickly.
Let me share with you a practical example of how useful ABS can be in real life.

During my recent 4000 km trip around India on my Duke 390, there were quite a number of occasions where I had to panic brake from 120-140 kmph down to a dead stop, and quite quickly. Like when I was going from Kota to Indore, a stray dog suddenly came in front of my bike and I could do nothing but push both the front and rear brake with everything I had.

Because my Duke 390 comes equipped with ABS, even braking so hard at such high-speed didn’t cause me to skid and kiss the tarmac. This is extremely important, especially for the crazy road conditions in India. The best part about ABS is that it is sensitive to where you are riding. Like if you are on a stretch with sand and small pebbles, it is much more likely that you will skid easily, so the ABS will start intervening quite heavily. On a good piece of asphalt, you may never even feel it is there. More about ABS & EBD Braking system


► Should you buy an ABS vehicle ?


Absolutely! I can’t even imagine riding a bike now that doesn’t come with ABS, it would be such high stress on my tiny brain. Unfortunately, ABS doesn’t come as standard on almost all vehicles in India. In bikes it is available only on very high-end machines, in cars only on the top variants. I don’t think I would every buy any vehicle again without this sweet piece of tech.

ABS is a true hero in my book, from the outside you can’t even tell it is there, but on the inside it is like your savior angel. Working in the shadows, saving your life and others as well!


► Why is it important to have ABS brakes in cars in India ?

Many new car buyers in India are not willing to pay the extra costs for the option of ABS brakes in the new car they are buying. We want to highlight the importance of ABS brakes and how it can be a life saver in emergency braking situations, especially during the rainy season in India, when the roads are wet.

ABS brakes prevents the car wheels from locking and skidding when braked hard on a slippery road. With ABS brakes you can steer the car with full brakes applied, even on very slippery roads. With ABS brakes the braking distance for a car to come to a full stop is much shorter than if there where no ABS brakes.

Another advantage of ABS brakes is that it increases the life of tyres on Indian roads. When you brake hard a car without ABS Brakes the tyres skid and the area of the tyre in contact with the road gets worn out. Frequent use of hard braking on Indian roads lead to the tyre getting worn out in different areas on the tyre and this leads to the tyre getting out of balance and causing vibrations. Also the life of a tyre in a car with ABS brakes is much longer than on a car without ABS brakes.

► New developments in ABS brakes :

New developments in ABS brakes are 'Electronic Brakeforce Distribution' or EBD, Traction Control System or TCS, Emergency Brake Assist or EBA and Electronic Stability Control or ESC. These are all improvements on the basic ABS breaking system. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution EBD electronically adjusts the break force on each wheel individually to just below the skidding point of that wheel, Emergency Brake Assist EBA assists the driver in applying full force on the brake pedal when he applies brakes in a panic during an emergency. More about ABS & EBD Braking system


Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

2017 Infiniti QX30 - Review




Edited by : Shahen Tharammal

► PRICE :

QX30  2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD  $29,950
QX30 Luxury  2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD  $32,600
QX30 Premium  2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD  $35,300
QX30 Sport  2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD  $38,500
QX30 Luxury AWD  2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD  $34,400
QX30 Premium AWD  2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD  $37,700


Infiniti considers its all-new 2017 QX30 a combination of coupe, hatchback and crossover. The way it straddles these body types can be advantageous. From a driver enjoyment perspective, you will find the QX30 more athletic and better handling than a typical SUV. Compared to a traditional sedan, the QX30's hatchback design gives you greater versatility, both in terms of its taller ride height and increased cargo capacity. Then there's the QX30's coupe-like styling, which helps it look sportier than the typical sedan or crossover. The question you might wonder, though, is whether this extensive blending results in a vehicle that delivers the best of both worlds or is diluted to the point of not excelling at anything.

With an as-new entry cost around $30,000, the compact QX30 acts as an introduction to the Infiniti brand. In this position, it's a lot like rivals such as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. In fact, the QX30 is heavily based on the GLA-Class and shares the Benz's underlying body structure and powertrain. But Infiniti applied its own suspension and powertrain tuning to give the QX30 a more refined feel of the two. The QX30 has its own interior design as well, which is highlighted by Infiniti's superior InTouch infotainment system. A flat-bottom steering wheel and two-tone, distinctive leather and simulated suede seats are available on Sport models to help further buff out the QX30's appeal.

Keep in mind that it is not all roses. The QX30 is smaller than your typical SUV and isn't as good at carrying cargo and/or rear passengers. And it doesn't ride as smoothly as a sedan. If you're shopping for a QX30, it'd also be worthwhile to check out some primary competition, including the sporty and roomy BMW X1, the handsomely finished Lexus NX 200t and the aforementioned Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The race is tight, with some differentiation separating one from the next, but we think the new QX30 is right in the mix.


EXTERIOR


The look of the QX30 is obviously pretty similar to that of the Q30, and it is even surprisingly similar to that of the Geneva concept. There were a few of the sorts of changes that you’d expect in turning a concept into a production car, the mirrors are bigger, the wheels are smaller and so forth, but the sheet metal is essentially the same. It is also, obviously, taller than the Q30 hatchback, even if that design is slightly taller than what is usual for its niche. It’s a bold design, with strong creases running down either side, a different sort of look than Infiniti’s other crossovers.



Bold and unique designs are important in the compact crossover segment. Infiniti’s press release is filled with dense marketing nonsense language, but the overall point is still a valid one: the sorts of people who buy compact crossovers don’t want one that just looks like a shrunken version of a brand’s bigger crossovers, they want something unique. Nissan Nissan taught this fact to the automotive world with the Juke, and wisely elected to follow the same path with the QX30. This will be especially useful in a market niche currently dominated by Germans, where shrunken versions of the X5 or the Q5 have been the mainstays.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


INTERIOR


The design of the QX30’s interior is unique to Infiniti, but you might notice some Mercedes parts if you look closely. These are small things though, like buttons, and even if they aren’t unique, it’s not as though Mercedes makes bad interiors. There is a big 7-inch screen and everything is covered in Nappa leather in your choice of black or beige. This includes leather on the dash, complete with visible stitching on the seams, which really looks surprisingly good.



Infiniti also says the QX30 will have one of the quietest interiors in its segment. That’s quite a boast, and it’ll be interesting to see when the crossover finally hits showrooms. The seats are even said to offer above average support for your back, something that anyone who will be driving a QX30 for long distances is bound to appreciate.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


SPECIFICATION


► Year:2017
► Make:Infiniti
► Model:QX30
► 0-60 time:6 sec. (Est.)
► Top Speed:155 mph (Est.)


FEATURES



The 2017 Infiniti QX30 comes in six models: base, Luxury, Premium, Sport, AWD Luxury and AWD Premium. The AWD models add a raised ride height and unique body panels.

When Infiniti originally announced the QX30 for the U.S., the automaker split the first two—QX30 and QX30 Sport—into a different nameplate called Q30. Since that initial introduction, Infiniti has moved the cars into a single nameplate, though the Q30 name will still be used overseas.



For a starting price under $30,000, the base QX30 comes standard with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, two USB ports, auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirrors, LED running lamps, a rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels on run-flat tires.



The QX30 Premium adds Nappa leather upholstery and dash insert, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat with memory, heated front seats, rear center armrest, and a rear-seat pass-through. The QX30 Luxury gets LED fog lamps, a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and roof rails,

Staring under $40,000, the QX30 Sport ups the performance ante with larger 19-inch wheels on summer tires, cross-drilled front rotors, a 0.6-inch lower ride height, sport front and rear fascias, a glossy black grille, a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel, leatherette-upholstered front sport seats, aluminum pedals and footrests, a panoramic sunroof,  a 10-speaker Bose audio system, surround-view cameras, and automatic parking assistance, which steers the vehicle into parallel spots for you.



Priced under $35,000, the QX30 AWD Premium sits 1.2 inches higher than the QX30 and comes with Nappa leather upholstery and dash insert, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory, a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, roof rails, and a rear passthrough. There is also the QX30 AWD Premium model with rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lights, aluminum kick plates, the 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a universal garage door opener.



Options include a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a navigation system, and wood interior trim. An LED package has LED headlights, active headlights that point into turns, and LED ambient interior lighting. A Technology package offers blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, parking assistants, and a surround-view camera system.



A Leather package for the QX30 Sport comes with Nappa leather upholstery and dash insert, heated front seats, and a black headliner. A Gallery White theme package for the base model features white Nappa leather upholstery and dash insert, red contrast stitching, a black headliner, satin silver mirror caps, and unique 18-inch wheels with red accents. A Cafe Teak theme package for the QX30 AWD adds brown Nappa leather upholstery and dash insert, a black headliner, satin silver mirror caps, and wood center stack and door handle trim.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


STYLING


As a vehicle designed for worldwide sales, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 represents an interesting proposition for the American market. That's because it's essentially a hatchback and U.S. buyers barely tolerate hatchbacks. To combat that perception, Infiniti is marketing the QX30 as a compact crossover SUV.

We give it a 7 for styling, with points for its interesting exterior and interior. 

The heavy dose of Franco-Japanese style creates a very attractive vehicle. Its shark-like nose flows rearward to fenders that swell architecturally around massive wheel wells, beneath a low-cut greenhouse, and on to a tail with a steeply sloped rear window. It bears a resemblance to the Mazda3 in a passing glance, but in person it appears as a much more elaborate and upscale design.

Also in its favor, the QX30's lines don't read like an inexpensive hatchback. The long nose, almost Mazda-like in its proportions, and the truncated tail with Infiniti's characteristic reverse-crescent C-pillar, give the QX30 a shape unlike any other. Relatively large alloy wheels sit inside large openings rimmed in black lacquer, giving it an elevated stance that disguises its upright hatchback proportions. Sharply incised accent lines in the doors taper toward each other from the hood and the bottom of the front wheel arches, giving the doors a complex 3-D shape and emphasizing the horizontal proportions. Overall, it's a well-executed shape that's very much an Infiniti to the eye.

It's daring—to be sure—but looks about as good as a hatchback can look. And that may be what it takes to distract American buyers from their usual prejudice.

And then there's ride height. All models, including the Sport, sit higher than conventional hatchbacks, creating the look of a crossover. It's even higher in the QX30 AWD.

The AWD also features a blockier front fascia, roof rails, and flat black fender flares, as well as more space between the wheel arches and the tires due to the raised ride height.

The interior is equally stylish, and defined by a strong asymmetrical element that sweeps across the dashboard. It stops just short of gimmickry, and provides an interesting counterpoint to the businesslike designs in German rivals.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


DRIVETRAIN


Versatility is also an apt descriptor for the new QX30's advanced powertrain, which delivers a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience aided by available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit is rated at 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, with peak torque of 258 lb-ft available from 1,200 - 4,400 rpm. This engine has been engineered to blend responsive performance with enhanced fuel efficiency. It features a lightweight aluminum block and cylinder head with chain-driven dual-overhead camshafts, die-cast aluminum cylinder crankcase and optimized crank assembly, resulting in further weight savings, reduced friction and improved efficiency. The QX30 also includes an idle stop-start system (ISS) in combination with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The engine was developed in conjunction with Daimler and is sourced from Kolleda, Germany.

All 2017 QX30 models feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The dual-clutch intelligently pre-selects gears so the next shift is always ready to go, while manual mode lets the driver control gear changes when desired. Delivering seamless acceleration at any speed and in any gear, the application of torque is almost uninterrupted during gear changes, reducing lurching while in motion and between shifts. Paddle shifters are standard.

The Infiniti QX30's chassis was developed to offer a comfortable ride and confident or both two-wheel and all-wheel drive models. Development teams responsible for QX30's ride and handling worked hard to ensure the car's dynamic characteristics met with buyers' expectations of a vehicle that has been engineered to bridge the gap between compacts and crossovers.

The front suspension is a MacPherson strut design with twin-tube shock absorbers, while the rear utilizes independent multi-link with rear monotube shocks. Stabilizer bars are used front and rear.

Steering is provided by an Electric Power Assisted (EPS) system and braking is a power-assisted 4-wheel disc design with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). QX30 Sport uses cross-drilled front rotors and Infiniti-branded calipers.

The Infiniti QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD models come equipped with an Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The drivetrain is able to send up to 50 percent of the engine's power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces and in inclement weather, enhancing a feeling of control and confidence when driving. For example, if wheel slip is detected by sensors, braking is applied to the slipping wheel, while torque is sent to the gripping wheel for additional stability.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


ENGINE


Regardless of trim level or the number of driven wheels, all versions of the new QX30 share the same Daimler-sourced but Infiniti-tuned powertrain elements also found in the Mercedes-Benz GLA250. While not the most powerful engine in its class, the QX30’s smooth and responsive turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder teams well with the paddle-shiftable 7-speed dual-clutch automatic to deliver spirited acceleration across a fairly wide rev range. A driver-selectable start/stop system further enhances fuel economy, netting 24/33-mpg city/highway EPA marks in front-drive QX30s and 21/30 stats in AWD configuration.

► 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg (FWD), 21/20 mpg (AWD)


SAFETY


The QX30 obviously hasn’t been crash tested yet, and the NHTSA hasn’t published any results for the GLA-Class yet either. But the good news is that there are Euro NCAP results for the GLA, and it was awarded a 5-star rating. There will be a number of electronic driver’s aides as well, although Infiniti Infiniti has been oddly vague about these. We do know that there will be Around View Monitor with moving object detection and Intelligent Parking Assist.

Infiniti has even found a way for the radar for the adaptive cruise control to pass through the badge on the front grille. It’s a small thing, but it eliminates the need to find somewhere in the front fascia to mount it, and nobody is going to argue that it doesn’t look better for it, even if it is just a minor detail.


FUEL ECONOMY



The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a completely new vehicle, yet it's built with a powertrain already established in the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA.

The QX30 comes in a little less fuel efficient than the GLA250, however: In front-wheel drive form, it is rated at 24 mpg city, 33 highway, 27 combined. 

By comparison, the GLA checks in at 25/35/29 mpg, which is noticeably better. 

Opt for an all-wheel drive QX30 and you'll see those figures decline to 21/30/25 mpg, per the EPA. 

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hyundai Tucson Launched In India ; Price Starts at ₹ 18.99 Lakhs




Edited by : Shahen Tharammal

► PRICE :

2WD MT Petrol : ₹ 19.33 lakhs
2WD MT Diesel : ₹ 21.98 lakhs
2WD AT GL Petrol : ₹ 22.18 lakhs
2WD AT GL Diesel : ₹ 23.90 lakhs
2WD AT GLS Diesel : ₹ 25.52 lakhs


November 24, 2016 – The all-new Hyundai Tucson, which recently went on sale in India, has received over 200 bookings since its launch on 14th November 2016. It shows the interest the SUV has generated among buyers. Interestingly, about 75% of the demand is for the diesel variants and 55% bookings are coming for the top-spec diesel trim with automatic transmissions. The SUV is available in three trim levels – 2WD MT, 2WD AT GL and 2WD AT GLS – with prices ranging from Rs 18.99 lakh to Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, the Hyundai Tucson 2016 is competing against the Mahindra XUV500.

Engine options for the all-new Tucson include a 2.0L CRDi diesel and a 2.0L dual VTVT petrol. While the vehicle’s diesel mill is being offered across all trims, it’s only 2WD MT and 2WD ATGL variants that come fitted with the petrol engine. As a reminder, the first-generation Tucson was introduced in India in the year 2005, and discontinued within five years due to poor market demand. The compact premium SUV has now entered its third generation globally, and made its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in September, 2015.

Hyundai said that the Tucson is a Native American name which portrays an image of a ‘Strong Sun’ lending a premium character with performance to the Brand. The SUV has been designed on Hyundai Motor’s new development philosophy – ‘Innovation of Fundamentals’ – representing safety, performance, ride & handling, durability and low NVH through continuous customer-centric innovations.

EXTERIOR



The new Hyundai Tucson is a third generation car globally. The styling is modern and resembles the Santa Fe. The gaping hexagonal front grille is flanked by swept back headlamps that have two projector units apart from the reflector unit for high-beam. The LED day-time running lamps are integrated on the fog-lamp housing on the front bumper which also gets a faux skid plate. The side profile also imitates the Santa Fe with the shoulder line climbing up towards the tailgate. The black cladding around the perimeter of the car gives it a rugged look. It also gets the i20 inspired tail lamps that stand out on the creased tailgate.


INTERIOR


The interiors are not as dramatic as the exterior but premium nonetheless. The Tucson is a five-seater SUV and gets a spacious cabin. The seats will get leather upholstery as an option. The top spec variant gets an electrically adjustable driver seat while the rear seats can be reclined and also split 60-40 and folded up as well. Two-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, cruise control and push-button start are standard along with electrically foldable wing mirrors.

The dashboard is dominated by the touchscreen display at the centre with steering-mounted audio controls. It gets USB, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity along with GPS navigation. For safety, dual front airbags with ABS and EBD are standard across the range with the top-spec car getting six airbags.


ENGINE & TRANSMISSION



The Hyundai Tucson is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo-diesel belts out 182bhp of power and 400Nm of torque and comes mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The 153bhp, 192Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol also comes with similar six-speed manual and automatic options. The Tucson gets only the front-wheel drive setup as of now expect the torque-on demand all-wheel drive Tucson to come in soon.

*The Tucson is slotted between the Hyundai Creta and the Hyundai Santa-Fe SUVs. It ideally competes with Honda CR-V and Skoda Yeti both being five-seater SUVs. But with its price tag it also competes with the Innova Crysta and D-segment sedans like Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze.


SPECIFICATION

Engines2.0-Litre Petrol2.0-Litre Diesel
Displacement1,999 cc1,995 cc
Max Power153bhp @ 6200 rpm182bhp @ 4000 rpm
Max Torque192Nm @ 4000 rpm400Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm
Transmission6-Speed MT & 6-Speed AT6-Speed MT & 6-Speed AT
Fuel Efficiency
MT: 13.03 km/l
AT: 12.95 km/l
MT: 18.42 km/l
AT: 16.38 km/l


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2017 Acura NSX - Review



Edited by : Shahen Tharammal

► PRICE : 

Base price $ 156,000


After a protracted development process, the Acura NSX has returned after a 12-year hiatus. It's fair to wonder, then: What exactly has Acura cooked up in those 12 years? Well, while the previous-generation car was an elemental midengine, rear-wheel-drive sports car, the new NSX is a much more complex machine, boasting all-wheel drive, a twin-turbo V6 and a trio of electric motors for a full gasoline/electric hybrid experience. It's still Acura's flagship car, however, looking to compete with the world's best.

This new 2017 NSX is built in an all-new facility at Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant. Its Japan-developed 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed transmission are purpose-designed and -built for the NSX. On the chassis side, the NSX is a mix of aluminum and steel and is underpinned with a double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension with MR (magnetorheological) variable dampers all around. Carbon fiber is employed sparingly in the car's structure, but most of what you can see is used only for optional cosmetic dress-up items in the engine bay and cabin.

We're pleased to report that the NSX's advanced design doesn't detract from its mission. This is an exotic sports car that is easy to drive quickly every day. And it will accelerate to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds while getting the fuel economy of what an Acura TL used to get back in the days of the old NSX. This organic driving experience in the face of its enormous complexity is probably the most striking accomplishment of the NSX.

And yet, as sophisticated as it is, the NSX lacks a sense of occasion. Its V6 doesn't have a particularly exotic sound to it, and the car's styling, while safe and well-proportioned, does not invite one to linger or admire. The NSX's creators chose not to showcase any of its extensive hardware. Consider that the NSX has a Quiet mode but not a Loud mode. The NSX has personality but not attitude. It's a supercar without swagger.

The question will be whether you see this as a draw or a turn-off. If it's the latter, you'll probably find the likes of the Audi R8 or McLaren 570S more appealing.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


EXTERIOR


Every square inch of the Acura NSX's exterior body panel surfaces, fluid shapes, air inlets/exhaust outlets and even the positioning/shaping/thickness of the floating C-pillars serves a distinct purpose-one that has been carefully calculated through thousands of hours of complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in combination with extensive wind tunnel testing in the company's advanced facilities in the United States and in Japan.


"The idea that form follows function is fundamental to Acura design, and this philosophy is interwoven in the core of NSX, which is why our exterior concept is called "Interwoven Dynamic," said Michelle Christensen, exterior design project leader in the Los Angeles based Acura Design Studio. "The NSX is a visual expression of beautiful design and performance working together, influencing every decision we made-every surface, every millimeter, every design element of the new NSX is focused on enhancing performance."

From the acutely angled slope of the chiseled aluminum hood to the rakishly shaped Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and tapered front grille, the front is supercar sleek. The distinctive headlights are bisected by massive mesh-covered air inlets from below and the front fenders are highlighted by a sharply creased character line running all the way from the grille towards thinly sculpted A-pillars.


Remarkably compact overhangs, fore and aft, foretell the design and engineering team's exemplary packaging of mechanical and electrical components, while the vehicle's overall sleek yet muscular stance conveys a sense of purpose and power. The hood line, roofline, floating C-pillars and rear quarter appear as one distinctive and unified curve. The massive yet lightweight high- performance wheel and tire package fit within the arching wheel wells with minimal gap and perfect proportion.


The rear of the vehicle is equally striking, highlighted by the signature floating C-Pillars, which cascade gently from the roofline to just forward of the integrated spoiler at the trailing edge of the rear deck lid, flanking an expansive glass panel that reveals the twin-turbocharged V-6 engine.


Further accentuating the exterior architecture of the new Acura NSX are a choice of eight paint schemes, each color in the rich palette carefully selected and engineered to accentuate the exterior's bold design while ushering in a new level of paint quality within the supercar segment.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


INTERIOR


A complementary and essential component of the all-new Acura NSX's New Sports eXperience is its driver-centered interior design, where every element-materials, shapes, technology and layout-are optimized to enhance the driving experience. Exceptional ergonomics, a hallmark of the original NSX, have been further advanced. Moreover, as a pinnacle representation of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, the NSX is designed to provide outstanding comfort, quality and advanced, intuitive technologies, all presented in clean and modern aesthetic.


"The interior of the all-new Acura NSX is highlighted by what we call 'Interwoven Dynamic' design," said Michael Cao, interior project leader. "It combines the best attributes of intuitive, easy-to-use functionality and superior ergonomics with a clean and modern design aesthetic worthy of a next-generation supercar. It's the ultimate testimony to the beautiful simplicity of form following function."


Artfully sculpted and ergonomic seats are enhanced with supportive yet comfortable bolstering, firmly yet comfortably supporting the driver and passenger and clarifying the driving experience. Strategically placed console and door padding further elevate the driver and passenger lateral support. Materials such as leather and Alcantara® were carefully selected for the ideal combination of craftsmanship and dynamic driving support.


The driver's instrument cluster and center console have been designed to enhance the driving experience with intuitive layout and simple operation, creating a "simple sports interface" for the driver.


The next-generation Acura NSX interior also supports the idea of a customizable driving experience, employing a trifecta of advanced sound modulation technologies-Active Sound Control, Intake Sound Control and Active Exhaust Valve-that work in concert with the NSX's Integrated Dynamics System to deliver a tunable cabin sound experience commensurate with the desires of the driver and the driving environment.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


SPECIFICATION


► Year:2017
► Make:Acura
► Model:NSX
► Price:$ 156,000
► Engine:V6
Transmission:9-speed DCT
► Displacement:3.0 L
► 0-60 time:3.3 sec. (Est.)
► Top Speed:200 mph (Est.)


FEATURES


When it was new in the early 1990s, the Acura NSX was priced at around $60,000. Adjusted for inflation, that'd be about $105,000 in 2016 dollars.

The 2017 NSX carries a base price of $157,800 including destination, and it's easy to crank up the dollars from there—meaning it comes in at an 8 out of 10 overall.


The NSX's base price has ballooned, even with inflation factored in—and prices rise further when the carbon-fiber fairy makes a visit.
Every NSX comes with a roster of goodies including power locks, windows, and mirrors; leather upholstery; keyless ignition; tilt/telescope steering; ambient lighting; dual-zone climate control; and a 7.0-inch touchscreen interface for audio, which controls Bluetooth audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and HD radio.


A multi-angle rearview camera is also standard, while parking sensors are an option. The NSX does not offer active safety features such as forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control.


Configuring an NSX pushes the price tag toward the $200,000 stratosphere. Carbon-fiber is a pricey—and sure to be a popular—add-on. Carbon-ceramic brakes are $9,900; a carbon-fiber trim package is $9,000; a carbon-fiber engine cover costs $3,600, while the carbon-fiber roof panel runs $6,000. There's also a package of carbon-fiber interior trim for $2,900.


A Technology Package tops off the interior with a nine-speaker ELS audio system, a navigation system, AcuraLink, and front and rear parking sensors. It's either $2,800 or $3,300, depending on whether you pre-pay for satellite radio.


Color and trim options polish off whatever change you'd expect from the dealer. Painted brake calipers are $700; full power seats are $2,500; an Alcantara headliner is $1,300; and special red or blue paint runs $6,000.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


STYLING


The 2017 Acura NSX will one day be seen as the car that broke the Japanese luxury brand out of its styling doldrums. It's a neat riff on the supercar stylebook. It's inspired by a slew of supercars, but doesn't mimic them at all, and introduces a few new hooks to the songbook. 

The low, wide shape smothers the track from the grille on back. It's a bare few inches from the ground, and the NSX's grille rises to spread wide, wrapping LED headlights into its corners to create a subtle set of wings. It's striking from every angle and easily earns its 10 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The NSX is the best-looking Acura in a generation; let's hope its influences play out far, and wide.
The shape is dictated by aerodynamics, but the outline isn't rendered entirely by airflow. The NSX wears big air intakes at the front and sides, and its side mirrors fly off on antennae like a Testarossa.

The shape is smoother than it might be; some of the ducts and scoops that could disfigure its body are formed into its outline. Air moves down the rear glass, for example, and gets diverted invisibly to cool the engine and clutch, then exits through massive and visually correct rear-end ducts.

Pretty details tie it all to the Acura lineup. A large Acura badge and calipers breaks up the stubby tail. Telegraphic LED taillights arrest the chiseled, broad rear fenders.

Inside, the spartan, Civic-like interior of the original NSX has given way to a luxe, leather-lined cockpit missing some traditional cues.

The first signal the car sends the driver is a mixed one. The console camelbacks where a shifter should be, but the NSX doesn't have a lever. It has the same push-button transmission controls as a Honda Pilot. It's a relief to find long paddle-shift controls behind the steering wheel. 

Look up, and the NSX's 8.0-inch digital display lays the virtual gauges on a slightly odd plane, tilted away from the driver. The pod's dominated by a tach, and toggles through color schemes from blue to red, based on the selected driving mode.

Switches and rollers run secondary systems from the steering wheel. A second screen—either 7.0 inches or 8.0 inches—runs the audio interface or the optional navigation.

Elsewhere, the NSX sweeps the driver and passenger up in a leathery embrace, while big strokes of metallic trim outline the banks of controls and the horizon of the dash. Lightly treated leather can be ordered, and the NSX can go full-pimp with a carbon-fiber trim kit that looks just like similar treatments in other luxury and performance cars. That is to say, relentlessly showy and somewhat inexpensive.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


DRIVETRAIN


This is a precise, fast car that drives smaller and lighter than its curb weight suggests. The NSX is also a car that flatters its driver, whether a neophyte or an experienced shoe. Its tenacious traction as you power out of a corner as almost as surprising as the resolute faithfulness with which the NSX's nose follows the driver's steering input. In other words, the NSX goes exactly where you point it, and it exits corners as though attached to a centrifuge.

Forward visibility is outstanding. The NSX's low cowl and slim pillars help make it a terrific fast-road companion, since the driver can easily place the car on the road. And although the suspension delivers exemplary control, the damping is supple such that the ride quality is really quite comfortable even on bumpy pavement. Even the brake feel, which is commonly grabby and hard to modulate among hybrids, is so natural that you don't even think about it. This car could easily be driven daily despite its eye-opening pace on a back road.

 Acceleration is comparatively anticlimactic. It's certainly a rapid car, but the sense of speed is deceptively muted by the flat torque curve. High speeds don't fluster the NSX, as it feels planted and secure. Shifts from the nine-speed transmission are terrifically quick and smooth.

But as technically accomplished as it is, the NSX lacks a sense of occasion. For starters, it sounds uninspiring in the cabin. Yes, a sound tube connected to the engine's intake directs the V6's sound directly into the driver's left and passenger's right ear. But a V6's sound is not as inherently captivating as what you might hear from a V8 or Porsche flat-6. We're glad Acura's engineers allowed a bit of the turbocharged personality to shine through (the turbo's bypass valves chuff audibly when you lift off the throttle) but the incessant hiss and synthetic bellow of the intake on a fast drive grows tiresome.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


PERFORMANCE


The NSX's hybrid powertrain starts with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Alone, it produces 500 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. When you add in the NSX's hybrid componentry, the NSX's maximum output rises to 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. These are stout numbers, though they're tasked with moving the car's ample 3,803-pound curb weight. The V6's power is fed to the rear wheels through a nine-speed automated manual transmission.

Interestingly, the front wheels are not driven mechanically by the mid-mounted V6 engine at all. Instead, each front wheel is connected to its own electric motor. This twin-motor front axle gives the NSX all-wheel drive and, perhaps more significantly, considerable freedom in how and when those front wheels are driven. In a turn, for instance, the NSX can automatically add power to the outside front wheel while simultaneously slowing the inside wheel (via brake regeneration), which can enhance how eagerly the car turns in toward a corner. Or the NSX can do the opposite to help correct an oversteer condition.

A third electric motor is mounted to the engine's crankshaft to helps smooth out gearchanges and provide a torque-filling function at low revs when the turbos have yet to fully get up to speed. Not that they're asleep long, as the engine produces its max torque as low as 2,000 rpm.

Acura estimates that 0-60-mph acceleration will take just 3.0 seconds. If true, that would put the NSX neck-and-neck with the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. Fuel economy, however, is where the NSX holds an advantage. The EPA says to expect 21 mpg in combined driving (21 city/22 highway), which is better than any other rival sports car. It's worth noting, however, that it's less of an advantage than you might think for a hybrid. The 911 Turbo, with its 20 mpg combined rating, isn't far back.(SEE ALL PHOTOS)


ENGINE


Sole powertrain in the NSX is Acura’s technologically advanced Sport Hybrid system: a racing-inspired 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 supplemented by three electric motors that are fully integrated to optimize total performance and collectively develop 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. The V6 features direct-plus-port fuel injection and dry-sump lubrication that allows it to be mounted low in the chassis to further optimize overall balance. A Direct Drive Motor sits between the engine and the NSX’s 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the Twin Motor Unit at the front axle independently energizes each wheel to provide additional motive force as well as steering/braking assist via torque vectoring. With their instant-on torque at launch, the motor array virtually eliminates turbo lag and always ensures superb throttle response.

► 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 plus 3 electric motors
573 horsepower (combined)
476 lb-ft of torque (combined)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/22 mpg


SAFETY


Providing for the safety of Acura customers and other road users has been a point of paramount importance for the Acura brand from its inception. Like all Acura vehicles, the 2017 Acura NSX starts with stable, precise and predictable driving dynamics-steering, handling and braking-as the foundation for active safety performance and collision avoidance. To provide a high-level of occupant protection in the event of a collision, the Acura NSX employs its advanced multi-material body design along with both primary and supplemental restraint systems, which work as a system to effectively manage the energy in a collision, minimizing cabin intrusion and mitigating occupant injury.

The NSX's innovative multi-material space frame utilizes cast aluminum nodes-including a world's first application of ablation casting technology-and highly rigid extruded aluminum frame members for superior crashworthiness and occupant protection with light weight and high rigidity. The NSX also utilizes the world's first application of a three-dimensionally formed and water jet-quenched ultra-high-strength steel for its A-pillar construction, which offers robust structural rigidity including roof-crush performance.

Furthermore, the multi-material space frame design and the packaging of hybrid componentry, including the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries and high-voltage systems, have also been optimized for both occupant protection and for the safety of emergency personnel (first responders).

► Standard primary and supplemental restraint systems include:

Single-stage driver and dual-stage passenger multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS)
Driver knee airbag
Side airbags
Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
Three-point seatbelts with a load-limited equipped automatic tensioning system
(SEE ALL PHOTOS)



FUEL ECONOMY


The 2017 Acura NSX manages 21 mpg city, 22 highway, 21 combined from its hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain, according to the EPA, which earns it a respectable 6 out of 10. 

Those numbers are excellent for a car capable of 0-60 mph times of 3 seconds, and a top speed of 191 mph. In absolute terms, those gas-mileage numbers are a lot lower than, say, an eight-passenger Honda Pilot.


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