Acura has unveiled the highly anticipated next-generation NSX supercar at the Detroit Auto Show. The Acura NSX concept debuted 2 years ago also in Detroit and the new production model at first sight is very smilier though it has grown in size. It is longer, wider, taller and has a longer wheelbase than the concept car.
In addition engineers have replaced the naturally aspirated V6 with a new twin-turbocharged unit.
The next-generation NSX on display in Detroit showcases the production styling, design and specifications of Acura’s and Honda’s mid-engine sports hybrid supercar.
First customer deliveries are expected later in the year for the U.S. spec model. Honda’s version is likely to arrive around the same time and will most likely debut already in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The NSX is powered by a new twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system—integrated with what Acura calls “an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes”.
Engine details are limited, but the V6 engine delivers north of 550bhp, plus power from three electric motors.
The petrol engine works together with three electric motors sending power to both axles to what the automaker calls “Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive”.
Two of the electric motors are mounted up front for torque vectoring while the third direct-drive motor sits at the back between the combustion engine and the newly developed dual clutch nine-speed gearbox.
The performance numbers were not released, but we expect to hear more about in the coming months.
“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”
All this rides on 19-inch front & 20-inch rear wheels wrapped with 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear tyres. Stopping power is guaranteed thanks to six-piston front & four-piston rear calipers and carbon ceramic brake discs.