Honda has given us a glimpse of what the next-generation NSX will look like as the Japanese carmaker unveiled the NSX Concept at the North American International Auto Show.
Carrying the Acura brand, which is how the original NSX was sold in the United States, the NSX Concept makes use of a lightweight chassis and is powered by Acura's innovative new sport hybrid super handling all wheel drive system.
Utilizing a unique two electric motor drive unit with a bilateral torque-adjustable control system, Honda claims that the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, delivering handling performance that can't be matched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the sport hybrid AWD system, a powerful mid-mounted next-generation VTEC direct-injection V6 engine paired to a dual clutch transmission and its built-in electric motor gives the NSX Concept the acceleration of a supercar while offering outstanding efficiency.
"The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way," said Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive of Honda Motor Company. "Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency. In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities."
Ito led the development of the first-generation NSX. Unlike the original NSX, though, which was developed and built in Japan from 1990 to 2005, Honda will develop the next-generation NSX in the United States and build it at its Ohio plant.
"Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship," said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda's North American manufacturing operations and president of Honda of America Manufacturing. "Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts."
Honda expects to roll out a production version of the NSX in three years' time.