Touting a clean sheet design, advanced powertrain, and multiple materials and advanced construction techniques, today Acura revealed its pre-productin NSX Hybrid supercar at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The vehicle comes 25 years after the first aluminum NSX and this one is now taking a bow to an environmental ethos as Honda otherwise has hybrid systems in Japan end Europe that could be used in U.S. production cars, but as of yet, few have been so hybridized.
Powering the halo supercar is a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system. Horsepower specs were not released but the vehicle has been speculated to have upwards of 500 horsepower.
The car’s body is a space frame design with internal frame constructed of aluminum plus ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials.
Acura says torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by an ultra-rigid carbon-fiber floor which also utilizes advanced joining technologies.
To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted powerrain, the production vehicle was lengthened (by 3 inches) and widened (by 1 inch) with a slightly more cab-forward package, compared with the proportions of the NSX Concept shown in 2012.
“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”
The NSX is to be a “human-centered supercar” making the driver the ultimate focal point.
“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”
Without naming the price, Acura says it is taking orders and expects deliveries of the Oho-built car to begin later this year.
“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office.