Speaking with Autocar, engineer Ted Klaus, who heads the Acura NSX sports car program, said the Japanese automaker is planning up to five different models, including an all-electric version.
The company considers the NSX a “platform” model rather than a single one-off model.
This means that a variety of different models with essentially the same body will be launched over the car’s life cycle.
Arriving now at dealer showrooms, the 2017 Acura NSX’s hybrid powertrain, called Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, offers a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine combined with three electric motors.
Combined, the package delivers 573 peak horsepower.
Mix the gasoline and electrons together and the NSX can reach 60 mph from stop in about 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191 mph.
Producing an electric NSX isn’t too much of a surprise; Acura entered a slightly modified version of the production vehicle at this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado.
Powered by four individual electric motors, the car claimed victory in the Time Attack Class 2 category.
Klaus said the company wanted to investigate torque vectoring while testing battery durability and power electronics, two engineering obstacles standing between the car and production.
It is most likely that the next NSX variant would be the Type R, a lightweight ultra high-performance street-ready model.
Beyond the Type R and EV models, a non-hybrid model and convertible are under consideration.
Klaus did not mention when any of the future NSX models might debut, nor did he combine electric NSX with convertible in one sentence, but we can always dream.