At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show this week, Honda has lifted the sheet off the much anticipated NSX Concept vehicle that previews the replacement for its cherished NSX supercar, which is expected to enter the market in the next three years.
Powered by a V6 engine mounted behind the vehicle’s two occupants, the new engine will be assisted by electric motors. Yes, the new NSX will be a hybrid but more in the sense of a very fast hybrid due what is said to be an “extremely favourable power-to-weight ratio.”
Honda has aimed at making the new Acura NSX fuel efficient yet retaining supercar status. Power will be diverted to all 4 wheels through Acura’s latest SH-AWD (Super Handling All-wheel-drive system) with an electric motor in a dual-clutch transmission setup. Acura calls it a “unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a Bilateral Torque Adjustable Control System.” The system altogether combines a total of 3 electric motors and a next-generation direct-injection VTEC V6 engine.
“This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine,” said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”
Honda is keeping tight-lipped about horsepower figures for now. With a V6 engine and a total of 3 electric motors, the power output should be “enough” to keep most of us interested. We hope.
The new NSX will be developed by Honda’s North American R&D centre, and will be built in Ohio, but the company states that the car will be pretty much a global offering, catering to sports driving enthusiasts throughout the world.