Plans to build a baby Acura NSX are reportedly active once again

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2012

Plans to build Acura’s mini NSX are reportedly active once again, according to Motor Trend. The project had been put on hold due to financial troubles. This good news takes some of the attention away from the 2015 Acura NSX, which has been attracting a lot of buzz. The mini NSX, which is known internally as the Small NSX, is exactly like its bigger counterpart except that it’s a lot smaller.

It will be powered by a version of Acura’s super-handling all-wheel-drive system. It may be powered by a turbocharged direct-injection engine, which may include versions of Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6, 2.4-liter I-4, or 2.0-liter I-4. However, the 2.4-liter engine is the most likely candidate.

Similar to the NSX, the mini NSX may get some type of hybrid drivetrain. The upcoming NSX will get an electric motor to drive the rear wheels, while the front wheels are driven by two more electric motors. The new Acura NSX, which is produced in the U.S., will be equipped with a twin-clutch seven-speed transmission. Last April, it was reported that the car will keep the driver involved instead of “being taken for a ride by a highly robotized car.”

The Small NSX may follow a year or two after the launch of the NSX in 2015 but even if the car is small in size, it’s likely to be expensive if it does go into production. It’s estimated that the Small NSX would probably be priced between $50,000 and $60,000. With this model, Acura may be able to recoup NSX development costs. It’s possible that it will go up against the Porsche Cayman.

The improvement of the new NSX is highlighted by crafted performance and accuracy. The final product is clean-sheet design. The enhancement of the new batch of NSX cars took around three years of hard work by an international engineering and design team. The group was facilitated by engineers at the NSX's development center in Raymond, Ohio.

Erik Berkman, Acura Business Planning Office Executive Vice President, said the latest NSX reflects Acura’s American heritage. It also provides a powerful remark about the primary role their US operations played in creating and visualizing the future of Acura. The international team of the brand took on the challenge of improving a new sports vehicle experience of pushing the latest technology to provide exemplary performance in a car that is truly responsive to the driver's demands. With invigorating driving dynamics and zero-delay acceleration, the NSX provides prime supercar performance.

Interwoven Active Body Design

Michelle Christensen, NSX exterior design project head, said the new NSX is the outcome of an 'Interwoven Dynamic' design. It represents the perfect combination of an exotic sports car style and supercar functionality.

Its exterior shows classic wide and low dimensions matched with an aggressive style at the front, modern and appealing body, and classic taillamps reminiscent of the pioneer model. Its distinct side intake and floating C-pillar gets air for the centrally-installed engine and guides the air flow to the rear deck.

Being in control of the airflow increases downforce. To give the latest lengthwise mounted twin-turbo (V6 and 9-speed DCT), they increased the length and width of the production car compared to the dimensions of the NSX launched in 2012.

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