During the Detroit Auto Show Acura took the wraps off its NSX concept sports car revealing a vehicle closer to production-level form than the NSX revealed last year in Detroit.
Although the car featured at this year’s show has only minor revisions to the exterior of the NSX shown in 2012, Acura has now given more insight and details about the car’s interior design, implying the NSX will soon see production.
The interior design is centered on what Acura is calling a human support cockpit, a “synergy between man and machine.” The interior package is said to have excellent visibility, an exotic driving position, and an intuitive “Simple Sports Interface” that minimizes interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience.
In a release, Acura’s chief designer, Jon Ikeda, said this design theme would find its way into all Acura vehicles in the future.
At a minimum, from supplied images we now know the car will have an electronic push button drive and mode selectors, not unlike the drive selector in the Fisker Karma. Other details show a large-ish center console display screen that is likely a touch screen used to control an infotainment system.
As with last year’s concept NSX, Acura is still saying the car will utilize a three-motor high-performance hybrid system – one motor integrated with a direct-injected V6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels. The hybrid system will pair to an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT), and will have a torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD).
Acura says its Sport Hybrid Super Handling-AWD system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, outmatching handling from current AWD systems.
“This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. “We’re making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market.”