Hennessey Plans to Make an Acura NSX That Rivals the Ferrari 488

Future owners of the 2017 Acura NSX will be delighted to hear that Hennessey Performance is continuing its love affair with the highly touted, high-performance hybrid car.

The Texas-based tuner team has a long history with the NSX, working on the first-generation NSXs in the 1990s.

“When I first started the business 25 years ago, one of the first cars we modified was the original NSX,” says John Hennessey. “I love that car and have been following the progress on the new generation like every other enthusiast.”

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Hennessey is focusing its attention on boosting the longitudinally mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 engine. The V6 is already formidable – 500 hp, 406 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 191 mph, and reaches zero to 60 mph in around three seconds. The tuners are hoping to add an additional 50 to 100 horses, and improve acceleration by 0.5 seconds over a quarter mile.

“I’m sure it’s going to be very competitive with the Ferrari 488 or the McLaren 570 and 650,” says Hennessey. “We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, just make it roll a little smoother.”

The 2017 Acura NSX began production last month, starting at $156,000. Expect the enhancements to the car to be ready for the public in six month’s time.

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