Acura NSX, the supposed GT-R beater which has been under development for ages now, and has been driven by Iron Man himself in roadster (concept) form is closer than ever to production reality. Acura has officially confirmed that the car will make its debut in production clothes at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Acura has also released some teaser images of the car, giving away important details such as the silhouette, door handles, haunches, grille, headlamps and tail-lamps to an appreciable extent. The production version of the car is surprisingly close the original concept which made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
While there isn’t much official info to go with the teaser images, there is plenty of dope available on what goes beneath that sporty bonnet. Powering the Acura NSX will be a twin-turbo V6 engine mated with a dual-clutch transmission assisted by three electric motors. The NSX will feature an advanced hybrid drivetrain combining a twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter V-6 engine with a dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors. One of the motors will be employed at the rear wheels, while the rest will do duty at the front.
The mid-engined car is aimed at the Ferrari 458 Italia, one of the most impressive supercars of our times in terms of performance, at the price of a Porsche 911 (roughly around $ 100,000 for US). The V6 twin turbo, with some aid from a triad of electric motors should be able to dish out a total of a little more than 500bhp of power and a lot more toque. Power will be laid down onto the tar via an all wheel drive system that Acura prefers calling the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD). The new NSX is developed by a team of engineers led by Acura’s North American R&D center located in Raymond, Ohio, where the car will be built.
The NSX will showcase technology which has never been seen in the Acura lineup, and will create new benchmarks at least for the brand itself in terms of dynamic ability. An all-new two-pronged torque control system will be able to deliver positive or negative torque to the wheels based on the requirement. All those tech bits coming together will endow the NSX with, what Acura thinks, will be an “on-the-rails-cornering” experience.
The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway on January 12. Expect us to bring more details about this exciting new supercar once it shows itself in all its glory.