Acura NSX will be the costliest, most technologically car built in U.S. by an Asian automaker

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2012

Honda’s high-performance hybrid Acura NSX will be built in Ohio, a decision reached because of the adverse impact of the strengthening yen to production in Japan as well as the automaker’s confidence in its U.S. engineers and plants. Set to start selling within three years, this racing-oriented "supercar” would by then, be the costliest and most technologically advanced car that has ever been assembled by an Asian or European automaker in the U.S. John Shook, who used to be an engineer for Toyota, said that all the units of this model that will be distributed around the world will come from the Ohio plant.

Its executives say that this is a “halo vehicle” and that it will be priced at higher than $100,000. Shook also serves as the chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute in Cambridge, Mass., as the consultant on efficiency strategies.

He added that the location of the production “makes a statement” as it provides hints about the challenging situation in Japan and is also expected to be a “great thing” for the local operation. President Takanobu Ito had announced the NSX plan last week in Detroit to everyone’s surprise. This comes after the announcement made by Honda last August that a plant in Mexico will produce small cars in order to limit losses from the export of models like the Fit from Japan.

With these two projects, Honda will be able to build its entire vehicle lineup, from cheapest to costliest, within North America -- a first for any automaker not based in the U.S. Honda’s plant in Suzuka, Japan, had built the original $89,000 NSX, which was in production from 1989 to 2005.

Performance-car fans had liked this car due to its high power and light, all-aluminum body. No less than the iconic 1994 movie, "Pulp Fiction”, had mentioned the car. In a scene in the movie, Harvey Keitel, who played Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe, said that he could drive to a certain destination in just 10 minutes what usually takes 30 minutes.

Acura’s latest NSX Concept boasts many of the characteristics we’ve seen at the original concept during the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The NSX’s original Concept bears highly contemporary and neat surfaces with distinctively low and wide appearance. This combination of edgy and simple design profile only means that the new Acura NSX Concept has a lot more to give.

The latest concept is probably the most technologically advanced supercar ever conceived. With its “human support” interior, the next generation Acura NSX will highlight the driver’s strong relationship with his automobile. The driver-centric cockpit features a highly impressive “sports interface” while also providing the most convenient driving position and outside visibility.

The NSX Concept’s clutter-free interior is designed to let the driver focus on the road. Acura Design Studio Chief Designer John Ikeda insists on delivering a design outcome where there is a synergy between the owner and the machine. In fact, it is their intention to give equal importance on the driver’s emotional and psychological needs. Thus, all these features will be put into consideration as they move forward in developing their future vehicles.

Only a year has passed since Acura hinted at combining advanced environmental performance with the latest dynamic capabilities of a supercar. Acura then announced that they would power up the NSX with a mid-mounted V6 (direct injection) engine. This engine will be paired with Acura Sport Hybrid’s super handling AWD system. The SH-AWD’s three-motor hybrid technology combines the hybrid’s efficient performance with advanced torque vectoring AWD unit.

This system makes use of three electric motors where two is on the front wheels and one is on the V6 engine. Combining it with the latest dual clutch transmission, the SH-AWD delivers positive or negative torque instantly to the front wheels. This helps the vehicle achieve outstanding performance when driving around a corner.

The new NSX is developed in Los Angeles and will be manufactured in Ohio. Members of Honda R&D Americas’ global designers and engineering team will lead its production.

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