Acura NSX concept, centre. Click image to enlarge
Toronto, Ontario – The dynamically styled NSX Concept sports car is set to be Acura’s new halo car when the production model debuts sometime in the next three years. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies for Acura, including a new, innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive hybrid system.
Utilizing a unique two Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Acura anticipates the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, a powerful next-generation VTEC V6 engine with direct injection works in concert with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding fuel efficiency.
“The new NSX Concept is the ultimate expression of Acura’s vision to create a true synergy between driver and machine,” said Mr. Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada.. “With innovative technologies like the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the NSX will make the driver at one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”
While most supercars opt for brute force delivered from a large engine, the NSX Concept champions the true racing philosophy of an extremely favourable power-to-weight ratio.
“Like the original NSX, we will once again achieve high performance through engineering efficiency,” added Mr. Chenkin. “While the fun-to-drive spirit of the NSX will be a primary focus; we believe that a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities, too.”
The new Acura supercar, expected to debut in the next three years, will be developed by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and manufactured in Ohio.