Acura to celebrate 30th anniversary, performance heritage at Monterey

(July 29, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura will celebrate its 30th Anniversary and showcase the brand's Precision Crafted Performance brand heritage with its extensive presence at the 2016 Monterey Automotive Week starting Aug. 19.  Bringing the brand's luxury and performance DNA to life will be West Coast debuts of the stunning Acura Precision Concept, showcasing the future design direction of Acura, and the 2017 Acura NSX GT3, which is being prepared for competition in North America.

"There's no better place on earth to showcase and celebrate our brand heritage and future direction in this 30th anniversary year than at Monterey Automotive Week," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager for the Acura Division.

"We're acutely focused on our Precision Crafted Performance DNA, which is exemplified in products like the NSX and Acura Precision Concept."

Central to Acura's presence at Monterey Automotive Week are three pinnacle representations of Acura's performance-oriented, premium automotive brand values, including the all-new 2017 NSX supercar.  Launched this spring, the NSX challenges supercar norms with its bespoke 75-degree twin-turbo V-6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three electric motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

Produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, the Acura NSX is the only supercar manufactured in the U.S1. Focused on custom craftsmanship, the dedicated manufacturing center uses new and innovative approaches to body construction, vehicle painting, final assembly and quality assurance to deliver a truly world-class new NSX to customers around the world.

The Acura Precision Concept, with its supercar-like stance, more performance-minded proportions and alluring design details, points toward a bolder, more distinctive future for Acura vehicle design.  The refreshed 2017 MDX, now on-sale, is the first inspired by this striking vision.  The Acura Precision Concept was developed by the Acura Design Studio in California.

Joining these vehicles at various events throughout the week will be the Acura NSX GT3, which is slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall and will campaign in North America in 2017. 

The NSX GT3 will be powered by the same 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine that powers the production 2017 Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry sump lubrication system.  Its aluminum-intensive, multi-material space frame is constructed at the Performance Manufacturing Center.