Chief engineer Ted Klaus told Autocar about how thrilled he is about the new hybrid supercar, the 2015 Acura NSX. He said that it is expected to start selling in 2015 and that it offers the “excitement of the [Ferrari] 458 at the price of the [Porsche] 911.”
Klaus didn’t unveil additional information about the 2015 Acura NSX, explaining that it’s much more than a set of impressive statistics. He said that while its power figure “won’t grab headlines”, it boasts qualities that are more important, like “driver involvement and pleasure.”
Klaus has stated in the past that his team intends the 2015 Acura NSX to be a benchmark against six supercars: the Audi R8 GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GT-R, and the Porsche 911.
He said that the NSX will be much more affordable than majority of the competition. He exclaimed that rather than pure performance figures, the focus of the new hybrid Acura is on driver engagement. Last May, Klaus said that the goal is to have a “wonderful vehicle to drive.” He cited the difficulty in excelling at the emotional aspect so that its steering will enable the driver to “almost drive with your eyes closed.”
The 2015 Acura NSX made its debut as a concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. It also made an appearance at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show but this time, it came with a new interior treatment. It features a hybrid powertrain that consists of a V-6 gasoline engine and seven-speed dual clutch automatic for the rear wheels, and a couple of electric motors for the front wheels. This car will be produced in a plant in Marysville, Ohio.
Acura NSX challenges existing beliefs and ideas about supercars. In fact, it was created in order to bring to the supercar segment a "New Sports eXperience."
When the first generation Acura NSX was released in 1989, it changed the supercar segment forever by offering dramatic supercar performance, dynamics, and styling, as well as by breaking new ground when it comes to quality, usability, and ergonomics.
The original NSX utilized advanced new technologies, including a rigid yet lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body as well as chassis, and in doing so, challenged conventional supercar wisdom. Its high-revving transverse V6 engine featured a few innovative production technologies, such as forged pistons, VTEC valve train, and titanium connecting rods.
Moreover, the original NSX sought an intimate connection between the car, the driver, and the road, through essential design elements. These design elements, which include low vehicle mass, rigid body that supports a performance-focused chassis, high power-to-weight ratio, exceptional ergonomics, accessible performance, and outstanding visibility, resulted to a paradigm-challenging supercar definition.
Additionally, original NSX exemplified the carmaker's high standards of durability, day-to-day usability, and quality, without compromising performance.
The new NSX respects the first-generation model's core characteristics and differentiators while also pursuing a new and revolutionary concept for supercar performance, combining timeless sports car values and next-generation technologies in order to deliver a "New Sports eXperience." Every aspect of the new vehicle's design is naturally a next-generation expression of the brand's precision crafted performance DNA, which guided Acura's creation of the original model.