The Acura NSX will return, more carefully crafted than ever before. Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio will build the next-generation sports car inside the 184,000 square foot facility.
In 2013, Acura announced the $70 million investment, located inside Honda’s former North American Logistics facility near Honda’s existing R&D and production engineering operations.
Trial production of the Acura NSX has started with full production beginning spring 2016.
Approximately 100 employees at PCM are responsible for building the car billed by Acura as “The Icon.” Each is specially skilled in areas like welding, assembly, body construction and painting, and quality control. The highest levels of precision and craftsmanship are upheld for the NSX.
The PCM uses a “total quality approach” starting first with its actual design. An all-glass quality confirmation center rests in the middle of the manufacturing floor, allowing technicians from every department to monitor the NSX as it travels through production.
Advanced robotics are utilized for the application of nearly 900 MIG welds.
Despite the robots, human hands are essential for putting the finishing “touches” on the Acura NSX. Exterior body panels are installed manually, from inside out, to guarantee a symmetrical finish. Lasers compliment the technicians as they inspect all exterior panels and each bolt on the NSX is started by hand.
The Acura NSX sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with a dry sump, hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. The engine takes 6 hours to create and goes though a validation protocol against some of Acura’s racing engine programs.
The 9-speed dual clutch transmission is bench tested to the equivalent of 150 miles to ensure overall performance upon delivery.
The original Acura NSX was built at the Takanezawa Plant in Japan from 1990 until early 2004. From there, production moved to the Suzuka Plant, where it was made until 2005.