Acura NSX Hybrid Concept Revealed in Detroit

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Unveiled at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show, the Acura NSX Sport Hybrid Concept has been said by Honda to be slated for Ohio production within the next three years.

As you might guess, an all-wheel-drive supercar like this is not aimed at dethroning the Prius.
Instead, it intends to provide balanced high performance with enough environmental consciousness to not turn buyers away in this decade’s greening marketplace.

“In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities,” said Honda’s President and CEO Takanobu Ito.

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A responsible supercar Honda style in this case relies on Acura’s hybrid super handling all wheel drive (SH-AWD) system. The powertrain utilizes two independent electric motors turning the front wheels combined with a direct-injected, mid-mounted, V6 VTEC engine and dual clutch transmission. This two electric motors generate positive or negative torque as needed to the front wheels during cornering.

Honda said the namesake vehicle has lost weight since its predecessor went out of production in the middle of last decade. The reduced mass is attributed to Acura’s race-inspired philosophy with reliance on lightweight materials to produce a well-balanced power-to-weight ratio.

Styling-wise, the new NSX Hybrid is definitely a supercar; close to the ground, aggressive and purposeful looking. Sharp angles and a low-profile, swept-back look leave no ambiguity as to whether the car means business.

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This top-of-the-range vehicle’s appearance is also said to signal a more bullish stance toward the market ahead by the conservative company, which diverted earlier plans for an NSX redux during the Wall Street meltdown a few years ago.

That it is hybrid of some sort fits with the thinking of other high-performance automakers whose creations will sneak through tame emissions tests while still letting the horses come out to play when desired.

Source: AutoGuide


  • Mr. Fusion

    I’ve always loved Hondas, and this NSX sure looks slick. But is this where the company should be directing its resources right now?

    A poorly selling Insight, fading Civic, two seater CZX, and a future lease-only Fit are what they have to offer in the hybrid/EV segment. And now a super car?

    Too niche Honda.

    Bring back the Accord hybrid, but this time make it efficient…with a wagon option again.
    Hybrid Passports would also sell like hotcakes in the US.

  • Yegor

    Mr. Fusion,

    I do agree. :(

  • FamilyGuy

    I once had an Accord and loved it.

    Now, I’m just disappointed in Honda.

    When I bought my first hybrid about three years ago, I was left wanting in their hybrid offerings.

    Now, that I’m on the verge of needing to replace the family car, they are presenting super cars like this? Again, left wanting. Even the new CR-V doesn’t offer a third row like the Rav4.

    Really, a super car? Now?

    Honda, I yawn in your general direction and at your super car.

  • tapra1

    like this is not aimed at dethroning the Prius. Instead, it intends to provide balanced high performance with enough environmental consciousness to not turn buyers away in this decade’s greening marketplace. Calmsa

  • jones22

    I just love the design of this car so much. I really see this car selling a lot in the future. Acura has has done such a great job with it. orlando mortgage realtor short sale

  • timrobert90

    The main shortcoming of a hybrid car that prevents it from gaining popularity with the masses is its high cost. It has also been estimated that the price of hybrid cars will increase over the years, inviting more troubles for the buyers. Agence référencement naturel

  • Shawn89

    If you are a car enthusiast you will be interested to know how a hybrid car works. They are the most viable answer found so far to the problem of high fuel prices. They basically have two power sources. One is an internal combustion engine that burns gasoline in order to power the vehicle. auto-hypnose