Production version of Acura NSX supercar will be revealed at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on December 17, 2014

Acura officially announced that the production version of its highly anticipated NSX supercar will be revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. There aren’t too many details but we do know that the vehicle will be powered by a three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. The NSX will use a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 petrol engine paired to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

In addition, the powertrain will be installed with a distinct 2-Electric Motor Drive Unit that comes with bilateral torque adjustable control system that will provide positive or negative torque to the front wheels during cornering.

The interior of the NSX displays intuitive and simple controls and shows off excellent forward visibility. The seat offers ergonomics that is ahead of everyone else in its segment. It also leads in holding performance and offers outstanding comfort while delivering easy egress and ingress. NSX Interior Design Project Leader Johnathan Norman revealed that the NSX was designed beginning on the inside and going outside and come with that uncompromising attention on the driver.

This remains consistent, he said, with the development concept called the “human-centered supercar.” Similar to the original NSX, he continued, the company managed to creat a “Human Support Cockpit.” This allows for exceptional driver control, packaging, and visibility.

In addition, Norman said further, the feature was upgraded even further in order to be able to meet the expectations customers have of a contemporary supercar in terms of extreme performance. The body of the NSX shows the classic wide and low dimensions that are combined with that aggressive design on the front, tail lights that honor the original NSX, and the attractive and contemporary surfacing.

Its signature side intake is present and along with the floating C-pillar collects air that are then fed to the mid-mounted engine. They also allow airflow to be channeled above the rear deck resulting in an increase in the downforce. In order for the twin-turbo longitudinally mounted V6 engine, which is paired to the 9-speed DCT, to be fitted inside, the length had to be increased by 3 inches compared to the NSX Concept that was shown back in 2012.

It also needed to be widened by 1 inch. Further, the package was designed to be more cab-forward. Each facet of the design of the exterior body has been fashioned in a manner to ensure that total airflow management is present for the vehicle systems cooling and the stability-enhancing downforce. The company revealed that the NSX underwent extensive testing at its cutting-edge wind tunnel located in Raymond, Ohio.

This has resulted to various important changes from the concept and all the way to the body’s final design. Changes include modified hood vents, new fender vents in the front, optimized deck spoiler, and modified side air intakes. According to NSX Exterior Design Project Leader Michelle Christensen, the NSX is a product called “Interwoven Dynamic” design. She said that it symbolizes the ideal mix of a supercar function and exotic sports car form.

Press Release

Acura NSX Production Model to Make World Debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show

The production version of the highly anticipated Acura NSX supercar, successor to the legendary original NSX, will make its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015. The model will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine Acura supercar that is slated to launch in 2015. To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Acura released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video on Acura’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Acura.

"The next-generation NSX will deliver a 'new sports experience' true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergized brand."

An Acura NSX concept model made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, where Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takanobu Ito announced that development of a next-generation NSX would launch in three years, led by an American R&D team and produced at a state-of-the-art new plant in Ohio.

"After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. "We've developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage."

The next milestone in the launch of the NSX will be the reveal of the production version at the Acura press conference at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12 at 11:50 a.m. ET. Watch the press conference live at youtube.com/Acura.

The NSX is being developed by a global team of engineers led by the company's North American R&D operations in Raymond, Ohio, with design led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA. The Acura NSX will be produced exclusively at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 

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