Acura Developing A More Powerful NSX Hybrid

When the new Acura NSX was unveiled last month in Detroit, much of the limelight focused on the hybrid’s power.

“The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX.

It appeared as though Acura’s engineers had effectively maximized the coupe’s hybrid powertrain. Twin turbochargers are mounted on the DOHC V-6. The electric powertrain uses three motors, two for the front tires and one mounted in between the engine and transmission. Acura said the NSX has a “zero-delay launch performance,” aided by quick-shifts from the 9-speed dual clutch transmission.

Ted Klaus, Chief Engineer and Global Development, NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show reveal of the Acura NSX.

Ted Klaus, Chief Engineer and Global Development, NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show reveal of the Acura NSX.

Overall horsepower has been conservatively estimated at around 500 horsepower (though this could change once the powertrain has been certified).

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But apparently, this wasn’t enough power for Acura’s chief engineer. Klaus confirmed that the automaker plans to create an NSX Type-R.

“I think everyone who loves cars wants to see a version that we say is pure red,” Klaus told U.K.’s Auto Express. “The NSX has always been silver first, moving towards red later. Someone asked me, ‘when will you be satisfied?’ Probably never. What you do today, you can improve on tomorrow.”

Type-R is a badge Acura has used previously to denote a model’s high-performance version. When releasing a Type R version of its Integra, Acura described the essence behind the name:

“The Type R offers drivers what no other manufacturer can: the nimble performance capabilities, look and feel of a hand-crafted racer available in a ready-to-drive package.”

A top view of the 2016 Acura NSX hybrid powertrain.

A top view of the 2016 Acura NSX hybrid powertrain.

Other than confirming its development, Klaus hasn’t discussed any other possibilities for this future NSX edition. An artist’s rendering of what the NSX Type-R can be seen here at Auto Guide.

It’s also unknown when the Type-R will become available. In the meantime, the 2016 NSX will go on sale later this summer, with deliveries schedule for fall.

 

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