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2013 Acura NSX Concept


Previous rumors suggested that Acura could be finally unveiling the production version of theAcura NSX supercar at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. However, it looks like the company decided to tease us a little bit more, as the Detroit Show only yielded another evolution of the NSX Concept . Acura did, however, confirm that this new concept could offer "a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design."

Translated this means that the production version will look pretty much similar to all those concepts we have seen in the past few years and that when the production version finally drops onto the market, it will offer no surprises.

Just like with the previous concept versions, the new one is defined by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and the interior was founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Acura NSX Concept.

Exterior and interior

Acura NSX Concept

"This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "We’re making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market."

The new NSX Concept features the same clean, modern and simple surfacing as the previous models. The interior has been built around Acura’s new "Human Support Cockpit" theme and it also offers a preview on the potential Acura NSX interior design

Acura opted for outstanding visibility, an exotic driving position and offers an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that allows the driver to focus on the driving experience.

Engine

Acura NSX Concept

Under the hood, Acura has placed an all-new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD three-motor, high-performance hybrid system that combines a V-6 engine with two electric motors driving the front wheels. The engine is mated to an all-new dual-clutch transmission and, thanks to the new SH-AWD system, it sends negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance.

When can I Drive One?

The new Acura NSX will be produced at Honda’s new production facility in central Ohio most likely starting 2014. Prices will be announced closer to market launch.

Competition

Acura NSX Concept

Most of you likely think that the production version Acura NSX will target models from Ferrari or Lamborghini, but we consider the production version of the Lexus LF-LC a more appropriate competitor. That’s mostly based on the NSX’s price which has been rumored to be a little bit north of $100k.

The LF-LC is rumored to be offered with a hybrid powertrain which will combine a small four-cylinder gasoline engine with a turbocharger in the front and electric booster motors between the transmission and engine.

The upcoming BMW i8 is also a strong competitor for the NSX. It will arrive sometime this year and will also be offered with a hybrid powertrain. In the i8 it will combine a 1.5-liter in-line three-cylinder engine with two electric motors for a final output of about 400 horsepower.

Press Release

Acura NSX Concept

Acura today unveiled a new NSX Concept that showcases the evolution of the next-generation supercar’s styling and design, including a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design.

"This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "We’re making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market."

The new Acura NSX Concept is based on the expected underpinnings of the vehicle Acura will bring to market. Still, the new NSX Concept maintains its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that debuted in the original NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show — highlighted by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and edgy details that communicate supercar attitude and a high-tech feel.

Acura NSX Concept

The new NSX Concept also features a first-ever look at one potential direction for the next-generation Acura NSX interior design. The design concept is founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme, a strong expression of Acura’s product direction focused on "the synergy between man and machine." The interior package boasts outstanding visibility, an exotic driving position, and an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that minimizes interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience.

"Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, our intention is to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a super car at the limit, because we are insistent about delivering on the synergy between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "Importantly, this will be true of all Acura vehicles moving forward."

With the aim of delivering a new sports car experience that combines next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced a year ago that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Acura NSX Concept

Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels – along with an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.

As previously announced, the new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. The new NSX will also be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio.



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