2013 NAIAS: Acura NSX Concept gets closer to production, interior revealed

Article by Christian A., on January 15, 2013

A new version of the Acura NSX Concept was unveiled today at the 2013 NAIAS and according to the Japanese manufacturer this is an evolution of the next-generation supercar that shows a possible direction of the NSX interior. Based on the expected underpinnings of the vehicle Acura will bring to market, the NSX Concept maintains its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that debuted in the original NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

As we said, the vehicle shows a potential direction for the next-gen Acura NSX interior and as you can see from the photos, it was built using a "Human Support Cockpit" theme, a strong expression of Acura's product direction focused on "the synergy between man and machine." Moreover, we find an exotic driving position and an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface".

Under the hood, there is a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine bolted to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system. For those who don’t know, the Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors. One motor is integrated with the V6 engine, while two motors are driving the front wheels.

The advancement of new NSX is aided by its precision crafted performance. The end product is a clean-sheet design. The development of the next-generation NSX took nearly three years of rigorous work by an international design and engineering team. The team was headed by engineers at the NSX's development center in Raymond, Ohio.

Acura Business Planning Office Executive vice president, Erik Berkman, said the new NSX mirrors Acura’s American roots. It also points out the major role their North American operations played in building and visualizing Acura’s future. The global team of the company accepted the challenge of developing a fresh sports car by pushing new technology to bring excellent performance in an automobile that is intuitively responsive to the will of the driver. With exciting driving dynamics and zero-delay acceleration, the NSX offers premium supercar performance.

Interwoven Dynamic Exterior Design

NSX exterior design project head, Michelle Christensen said the latest NSX is the result of an 'Interwoven Dynamic' design. It embodies the ideal combination of supercar function and exotic sports car form.

Its body presents classic low and wide proportions paired with an aggressive front style, contemporary and appealing surfacing, and classic tail lights honoring the original NSX. Its distinctive side intake and floating C-pillar accumulates air for the mid-mounted engine and guides the flow of air over the rear deck. The guiding of airflow increases down force. To provide the new lengthwise mounted twin-turbo (V6 and 9-speed DCT), the production automobile was prolonged (+3 inches) and expanded (+1 inch) with a more cab-forward package than the proportions of the NSX Concept that debuted in 2012.

Press Release

Acura NSX Concept

Acura today unveiled a new NSX Concept that showcases the evolution of the next-generation supercar's styling and design, including a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design.

"This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "We're making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market."

The new Acura NSX Concept is based on the expected underpinnings of the vehicle Acura will bring to market. Still, the new NSX Concept maintains its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that debuted in the original NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show -- highlighted by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and edgy details that communicate supercar attitude and a high-tech feel.

The new NSX Concept also features a first-ever look at one potential direction for the next-generation Acura NSX interior design. The design concept is founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme, a strong expression of Acura's product direction focused on "the synergy between man and machine." The interior package boasts outstanding visibility, an exotic driving position, and an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that minimizes interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience.

"Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, our intention is to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a super car at the limit, because we are insistent about delivering on the synergy between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "Importantly, this will be true of all Acura vehicles moving forward."

With the aim of delivering a new sports car experience that combines next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced a year ago that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels – along with an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.

As previously announced, the new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. The new NSX will also be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio.

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