It was a shocking upstart supercar from an emerging brand, and the original Acura NSX took the world by storm in 1991. Now a new NSX is coming back, and it's going to be a showcase for the innovative engineering with a new hybrid propulsion system that's specially tailored for sports cars.
The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) technology will be developed by Honda Research and Development in North America, and the next NSX will be built in Ohio. It's an all-American effort for the next-generation of this Japanese supercar. While Acura is based in Japan, high quality vehicles have been rolling out of Marysville, Ohio for decades. "Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship," asserted Hidenobu Iwata, who heads up North American manufacturing for Honda as President of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. He continued. "Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts."
Excitement has already started to build for the production version of the next Acura NSX thanks to the debut of the dramatically styled NSX Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2012. The original NSX featured styling that was low and clean with the all-around visibility of an F-16 cockpit as an inspiration. The 2012 Acura NSX concept is no less innovative than its forebear, and it sports styling that's turned up the drama.
Looking at the crisp-edged coupe form of the new NSX, it's possible to imagine how the car slips through the air, cutting a razor-clean hole in the atmosphere. The NSX bodywork is lithe with a wide stance nestled low over large wheels that are pushed out to the corners of the platform. The trademark Acura shield grille features prominently on the face of the NSX, and this styling is sure to make its way to other Acura models.
Underneath the bodywork is a two-motor drive unit that's paired with a Bilateral Torque Adjustable Control System. This creativity results in an all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain that can send positive or negative torque to the front wheels when cornering. By using the front wheels in this way when going through curves, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system finely adjusts the cornering attitude of the NSX, delivering unrivaled handling precision.
The instantaneous torque delivered by the electric motor side of the propulsion system combines with a new generation of VTEC® V6 with direct injection, which will belt its power through a dual-clutch transmission. The lightweight design ethos of the original NSX is once again the driving force behind the design of the NSX Concept, which means a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the world's best by using lightweight materials and construction methods instead of the brute force of an enormous engine.
The Acura NSX will revolutionize the world once again when it's released.
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