Acura NSX Concept debuts at North American International Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In an announcement made last week, Acura stated that its new NSX Concept would debut at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now that the show is underway, the NSX Concept has been revealed and, according to Acura, it  "gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from the Acura brand."

The original NSX (New Sportscar eXperimental) was introduced in 1990 and was badged as a Honda in other markets. Famed for its robust, mid-mounted V6 engine and aluminum construction, the NSX was a driving sensation that competed with some of the best supercars of its day while costing much less to own. Production ended in 2005, and so the announcement of the new NSX Concept has piqued the interest of many driving enthusiasts.

Acura's new NSX Concept is similar to the original in that it comes equipped with a mid-mounted V6 engine, but there are also significant differences between the old car and the concept. Case in point, the Acura NSX Concept has an electric motor to complement its V6 engine, and also features Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. So, the NSX Concept is a hybrid whereas the original wasn't, and the NSX Concept features all-wheel-drive whereas the old car routed its power to the rear wheel exclusively.

"This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura's idea to create synergy between man and machine," said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, which owns Acura. "The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way."

Acura says its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system instantly generates both positive and negative torque to the front wheels while cornering. So as Mr. Ito implies, the NSX Concept's all-wheel-drive setup may indeed lead to enhanced, maybe even superior handling performance. The NSX Concept also makes use of lightweight materials and a dual clutch transmission with the integrated hybrid electric motor to create what Acura claims will be "supercar acceleration" while maintaining fuel efficiency.

"Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency," added Ito, who led the development of Acura's first NSX supercar. "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."
The Acura NSX Concept exhibits the styling and performance characteristics of a production model that is expected to debut in three years' time. Honda R&D Americas, Inc. will carry out its development and the new Acura supercar is to be manufactured in Ohio.

Unfortunately, performance specifications such as horsepower and torque have not been revealed as yet. However, such information should be divulged by the time Acura's NSX Concept arrives at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this February.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Hybrid, Acura, 2012, NSX Concept, Supercar,

Organizations: North American, Acura

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