Acura is set to debut it's NSX supercar at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. This is no mere concept car, it's a production version.
The original NSX, created in 1991 and discontinued in 2005 is the inspiration for the new model, set to become the brand's halo car. Acura has high hopes that the NSX will breathe some new life into the brand, and boost car sales as it takes on the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. Acura car sales are not currently keeping up with the market, which has grown 5.5 percent this year. The company is doing much better with their light trucks, up 13 percent this year.
“The next-generation NSX will deliver a 'new sports experience' true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager, in a statement. “The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fuelling a re-energized brand.”
Chief engineer and global project leader for the NSX Ted Kaus added his own two cents, calling the new NSX a "human-centred supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.” He added “After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world.”
The concept for the NSX was displayed at the 2012 auto show in Detroit, with a promise to bring it to the production stage within three years. Acura hasn't provided many details, insisting that we wait for the official debut in January, and offering only a teaser video and images of the final production version of the car. Camouflaged test vehicles have been spotted and photographed in the meantime, giving us a hint about it's dramatic styling and curvy lines.
It's elongated jewel eye headlights now utilize six individual lights, up from five in the concept, making the look more bold. The NSX supercar also boasts a low stance and a detailed looking series of louvres on the hood.
Rumour has it that the NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted twin turbo V6, along with three electric motors. It will be four-wheel drive, with the gasoline engine powering the rear wheels, and electric motors handling the front ones. All of this should be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Just like the original, it will be constructed of aluminum and other lightweight materials.
The new second generation NSX supercar should arrive at dealerships in North America in the later part of 2015. Already, it has sold out in the UK, sight unseen.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca