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Michelle Christensen: The woman behind the 2017 Acura NSX

Published on September 12 2016

The 2017 Acura NSX is certainly an exclusive vehicle, one that is capable of playing in the head-turning supercar world.

The 2017 Acura NSX is certainly an exclusive vehicle, one that is capable of playing in the head-turning supercar world. With its impressive design and segment-exclusive hybrid engine that features three electric motors, the 2017 NSX is unlike any other exotic on the market. It is therefore fitting that the NSX wasn’t designed by a man like most supercars, but rather by a woman, Acura’s first female exterior designer Michelle Christensen.

The 2017 Acura NSX design all started with muscle cars

Michelle Christensen’s father used to tinker with muscle cars in their San Jose home garage, and that’s where the Pasadena Art Center College of Design graduate learned about cars, and developed a passion for everything automotive.

That said, when she applied to the automotive design program, she didn’t even have one car sketch in her portfolio. Up until that point, she had designed prom dresses, and wasn’t even aware that automotive design was a career option.

Once she focused on cars, however, it became very clear that she was meant for the job. Early on, she displayed a gift for designing cars, a gift that was noticed early by a host of automakers from around the world. She was recruited by three manufacturers before she even graduated, but ultimately she made her way to Acura in 2005 where the NSX was her first project as director.

Designing a supercar is just as difficult as designing any other vehicle, even more so because you have to give the car a style that will stand out while ensuring that its design is unique. The 2017 Acura NSX needed to be noticed from afar, yet be functional enough to be used as a daily driver. And of course, there were some rather complex mechanical elements that needed to be accounted for.

Powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers on its own 500 horsepower, and that is then matted to an array of electric engines and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission for a total output of 573 horsepower, the 2017 Acura NSX is certainly not your average car, or supercar for that matter. It can reach 100 km/h in about 3.0 seconds, while also being comfortable enough for your daily commute.

From its designer to its powertrain, there is nothing standard about Acura’s new supercar. To learn more about the new 2017 Acura NSX, contact us today at Camco Acura.

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