The highly anticipated 2016 Acura NSX supercar arrived today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and as expected, the new vehicle looks absolutely amazing. Clearly inspired by the NSX concepts that we’ve seen, the new 2016 Acura NSX is powered by an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degrees, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers bolted to an Acura-developed 9-speed DCT transmission.
In addition, there is a rear direct-drive electric motor located between the engine and transmission, which supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. Furthermore, the NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors, which provide an instantaneous “zero delay” launch performance and handling response.
Handling is also enhanced by the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system. Compared with the previous concepts, the production vehicle was lengthened (+3 inches) and widened (+1 inch), in order to accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT.
The first visual impact with the vehicle shows the aggressive front design with stylish headlights inspired by the original concept, while the signature side intake and floating C-pillar collects air to feed the engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce. The rear end also shows stylish taillights inspired by the concept versions.
Inside, we find an instrument cluster that features a dynamic TFT display, a center console that holds the Power button that readies the sport hybrid powertrain as well as the handcrafted leather dash panel.
Keeping the legacy of NSX as the first all-aluminum supercar in the world, the new Acura NSX features a groundbreaking body design that employs several materials. Moreover, the new NSX boasts of the first material applications and construction processes in the world.
The body of the new NSX employs a space frame, which is basically an internal frame made from a combination of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials. Anchored by a carbon fiber floor, this ultra-rigid structure – also employing advanced joining technologies – takes the brunt of torsional and bending forces.
In addition, the new NSX employs the first casting technology in the world that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the elongation attributes and strength of a forged material. The body panels of the NSX combine aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).
Acura has provided the new NSX with an "Advanced Sports Package," a packaging that has key powertrain components – like the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack as well as power control unit – optimally located to focus the mass of the supercar low and toward the center to improve dynamic response. This packaging concept as well as a lightweight body allows the NSX to offer the lowest center of gravity in its class.
Meanwhile, the fully independent front and rear suspensions of the new NSX are all-aluminum. Likewise, the wheels of the NSX are made from aluminum alloys, with sizes 19 x 8.5 inches on the front and 20 x 11 inches on the rear. These rims are shod with ContiSportContact high-performance 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear tires. These are complemented by ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs squeezed by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers.
The superb handling of the new Acura is made possible by the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system that allows super-quick response to all driver inputs like steering, throttle and braking. It also offers the launch performance, stability and control of all-wheel drive. It is helped by Agile Handling Assist (AHA) that subtly applies brake torque to boost yaw response and dynamic stability.