After years of delays, concepts and U-turns, Honda is adamant it really is replacing the original NSX – the chief executive even confirmed it would be launched within 3 years.
The new NSX has a big name to live up to – during the 80s, the original had an enormous impact on the supercar world, offering a stable and easy-to-handle car compared to the upper ranks of the sports car market. You could even argue that today’s Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 Italia wouldn’t be so road stable if the Honda NSX hadn’t been born.
The 2013 NSX focuses just as much on high-tech as the original – NSX then and still does stand for New Sports Experimental and Honda is equipping its new version with a hybrid powertrain.
In the next few years, the big boys at McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini are all in the hunt for building the most competitive part-electrified (hybrid) sports cars. Of course, now you can add giant killers Honda to the list.
The new NSX will feature its mid-engined application of its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, meaning the NSX will be 4WD, although the accurate workings of the petrol/electric motors on the production car have yet to be finalised. Honda will use 1 of its petrol engines from elsewhere in its global range, which leads to either their 3.0 or 3.5-litre petrol engine with direct injection to provide the motive power.
Although the European hybrid road car range use nickel metal hydride batteries, Honda will likely use lithium-ion batteries, as they bought into a Japanese specialist in lithium ion technology.
The hybrid setup consists of mid-mounted V6, sending power to the rear wheels and is augmented by an electric motor. The SH-AWD integrates 1 electric motor with a dual-clutch transmission. 2 more motors can send negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering for improved handling. Honda claims the new AWD system will offer super car acceleration whilst providing improved efficiency. Honda haven’t as yet disclosed how much horsepower its engine and 3 electric motors will produce, but I’m guessing it’ll be 450+.
When can we drive this Eco Beast?
So when will the all-new NSX be hitting the streets? Well, this is no longer a pie-in-the-sky concept, and Honda has confirmed the NSX is now a live project – they will want to regain their reputation for cutting-edge engineering after the demise (in Europe) of the S2000, and Type R models. Car Sales for this Honda have been predicted to hit an all-time high when this super electric model hits the streets in an estimated late 2013.
Despite previously confirming that Acura would not unveil its production model NSX at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, a photo on the Internet is raising speculation that that might not be the case.
Back in October 2012, rumors brewed that the production NSX would make its official debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. When AutoGuide reached out to a Honda representative however, those claims were denied.
Instead, Acura announced it would debut a prototype for the next-generation MDX crossover.
The photo in question, however, comes from inside the closed doors of the show venue in the Motor City. It clearly shows a massive display prepared by Acura for the NSX – 1 that is certain to steal away some attention from the MDX concept.
2 photos of a possible production version of the Acura NSX have surfaced the Internet.
Looking slightly modified than the concept, the car in these pictures could be just an update and not the production model. What we know for sure is Acura will unveil in Detroit today at 10:40 AM EST "the next evolution of the NSX Concept", along with the 2014 MDX.
The Acura NSX is being developed by Honda R&D Americas and will be manufactured in the United States at a factor in central Ohio. A Honda spokesman mentioned last month it will cost more than the 2013 Nissan GT-R which in the U.S. begins at 97,820 USD.
It will enter the production phase in 2015 and will be "a technological marvel." Most likely it will feature a hybrid powertrain with a mid-engine layout and an AWD system.
Check back later today after the revised concept is launched at NAIAS.
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