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Acura NSX Concept: Detroit Auto Show

author photo by Nick Jaynes January 2012
  • Acura shows off the NSX Concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show
  • Features an innovative hybrid all-wheel-drive system and powerful V6
  • The production NSX is scheduled to debut within the next three years

Acura debuts its all-new supercar concept: the NSX. The last NSX was discontinued in 2005. Since then, Acura fans have been on pins and needles waiting for what would come next. Today, Acura has given them a taste. Constructed of extremely lightweight components, the NSX Concept benefits from an exceptional power-to-weight ratio.

The NSX Concept has a mid-mounted, VTEC, direct injected V6 engine paired with, what Acura is calling, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive). In a show of innovative engineering, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system utilizes a Two Electric Motor Drive unit with a Bilateral Torque Adjustable Control System. That means the NSX Concept can drastically improve handling in corners through torque control at all four wheels.

Bolted to the powerful V6 is a dual clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor. Acura boasts this combination provides supercar acceleration with outstanding efficiency.

With the NSX, Acura wanted to build a supercar that was both exhilarating to drive but also environmentally responsible. Though the production NSX won't be launched until sometime in the next three years, Acura says it will be manufactured in an Ohio plant.

What it means to you: Acura is taking its time to build a competent response to the Nissan GTR.

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Acura NSX Concept: Detroit Auto Show - Autotrader