For years Acura has been more than happy to stoke the rumors surrounding their long-gestating plans for a NSX supercar. The idea for a reboot of the Acura that drives like a Ferrari has been around since the last decade, but it was at the 2012 NAIAS that they finally lifted the sheet on the NSX Concept and promised a production model within three years at the very same auto show.
In those three years: an interactive concept model online, a prototype NSX absolutely smoking a Honda Accord on a track in Ohio, and footage of a camouflaged NSX at Nürburgring, but nothing concrete.
In a 2013 interview with Autocar, Acura NSX development chief Ted Klaus set the benchmark.
“We’re looking for the excitement of the [Ferrari] 458 at the price of the [Porsche] 911, and we think the hybrid technology can help us achieve that,” he aimed.
No figures have been released as of yet that confirm whether Acura hit their mark with the 2016 NSX, but what was released on Monday offers enough to remain optimistic. Acura describes it as “a new sports car experience.”
The next-generation NSX is equipped with an all-new, mid-mounted twin -turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system.
Following the vein of a “human-centered supercar,” the front electric motors of the NSX are used for “dynamic front vectoring” and to enhance braking and acceleration, resulting in a “zero delay” response that predicts the driver’s next move. The front wheels are also propelled by twin independent high-output electric motors that provide immediate torque response and left-to-right torque distribution.
The interior – officially referred to as a “Human Support Cockpit” – promises “uncompromising focus on the driver” with “forward visibility,” “intuitive controls,” and “easy ingress/regress.”
As for the exterior, the 2016 NSX carries on the legacy established by the original NSX as the world’s first all-aluminum supercar. The new NSX boasts carbon fiber floors and innovative multi-material body design, incorporating aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and “other advanced materials” in to its space frame design.
And, since this is a space-frame-designed supercar aiming for the speed of a 458, the 2016 Acura NSX team developed advanced Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) to enable “lightning-quick response to all driver inputs.” This includes steering, throttle and enhanced braking to the already powerful, natural and confident braking performance provided by six-piston front and four-piston rear monoblock calipers hugging ultra-high performance carbon ceramic brake discs. Combine that with a mid-mounted engine and twin front motors, and the 2016 Acura NSX officially has the lowest center of gravity in its class.
The NSX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., developed by the brand’s North American R&D operations in Raymond, Ohio, and will be exclusively produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.
“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office.
At Monday’s reveal, Acura division senior vice president and general manager Mike Accavitti announced that custom built pre-orders may begin online this summer and according to a December release from Acura, the NSX is expecting to launch sometime in 2015. No mention of an official date was made at the unveiling.