As you may know already, a prototype version of the upcoming Acura NSX caught fire yesterday while testing on the Nurburgring, Germany. An Acura spokesman confirmed the fire, like he had other choice, and said that the company is investigating the cause. Still, he didn’t want to give any more details as the vehicle is still under development, but he did say that no injuries occurred.
The fire doesn’t mean that the NSX will not be the best sports car, as several cases happened before. What we do know is that it will be powered by a V6 engine combined with Acura’s Sport Hybrid all-wheel-drive setup, a three-motor high-performance system.
According to the company, one of the motors will be integrated with the V6 engine and the new dual-clutch transmission that deliver the power to the rear wheels, while the other two electric motors will send the power to the front wheels.
Honda will build the new NSX at a 184,000-square-foot plant adjacent to Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.’s Marysville, Ohio, plant that assembles the Honda Accord.
Around 25 years after the original NSX supercar was introduced, Acura revealed the production version of the next generation of the Acura NSX to the global public at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The latest successor to the original -- as developed and built in the United States – was revealed in a stunning NSX Red finish wrapping its twin-turbocharged engine.
The mid-engine sports hybrid supercar shown at Detroit revealed the final production design, styling and specs of the next-gen Acura NSX. During the show, Acura also revealed key details of the design and performance of the new supercar while announcing that custom orders for the new NSX will be accepted starting in the summer, while deliveries will commence later in the year.
Acura created the new NSX to inject a "new sports experience" into the supercar segment, challenging and even defying the conventions – just like what the original model did around 25 years ago.
For instance, the new NSX offers an all-new hybrid power unit that employs a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine, a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system. The new Acura NSX also offers an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body that employs a number of world's-first material applications as well as production processes.
The luxury carmaker developed the new NSX in compliance with the concept of a "human-centered supercar," which is basically defined as a car that considers the driver first in every design aspect. Acura expects the next-gen NSX to leverage its dynamic unit, body and chassis to deliver remarkable intuitive and instantaneous response to inputs from the driver.