Next-gen Acura NSX confirmed

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It will be ten years out of production, but when the totally revised Acura NSX heads down its new Marysville, Ohio assembly line in 2015 both performance and green enthusiasts will have reasons to celebrate. For performance fans it should be obvious. The NSX was one of the better handling cars of its day, if a bit underpowered by today's standards, offering exotic styling and state-of-the-art materials for a fraction of what an Italian supercar cost when it debuted in 1990. The good news for the environmental conscious crowd is its hybrid drivetrain.

Acura could have been a forerunner in hybrid sports cars, but instead chose to sit, wait, and watch as Porsche and Ferrari announced gasoline-electric supercars. And while the NSX won't necessarily have a competitive technology edge like it could have had if it moved into the segment sooner, it will likely enter the game for a much better price than its exotic rivals, just like its predecessor did.

The Hidenobu Iwata, CEO of Honda of America and Ohio governor John Kasich with the 2013 Acura NSX Concept.
next NSX is the result of Honda's Los Angeles and Raymond, Ohio design and engineering teams, and while being built in the same plant as the automaker's namesake Accord and the Acura TL, it will ride on completely unique underpinnings and have an exclusive body structure. Just like the previous NSX, the new one will use a mid-mounted V6 engine to go along with the latest hybrid technology, although like the top-line TL it will now feature Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), albeit a new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

"We have a very clear understanding of the high customer expectations luxury buyers around the world have for a supercar, and our challenge is to exceed them and create new value for the customer," said Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus. "This new Performance Manufacturing Center will be key to this challenge."

Honda's 17,000 square-meter (184,000 square-foot) Marysville plant will get a $70 million upgrade in preparation for the NSX line, and as Klaus made mention to, renamed Performance Manufacturing Center.

"This new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we will build here," said Clement D' Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America. "In creating the plan for this plant, we looked closely at each process and determined the perfect blend of associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to manufacturing."

The upgraded assembly facility will employ 100 skilled trades workers recruited in-house from the automaker's Ohio operations.

"The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world," said Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of Honda of America and the head of Honda's manufacturing operations in North America. "So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio."

The new NSX will go a long way to raising Acura's image in the luxury car sector, which has been a struggle for a brand that bases most of its cars on less expensive mainstream Honda models.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Hybrid, HEV, Acura, NSX, NSX Concept, $99,999+, Exotic, Supercar,

Organizations: Acura

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