Honda teases NSX production model ahead of Detroit debut [video]


Honda is set to unveil the highly anticipated Honda NSX supercar in production form at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015.

The all-new second-generation Honda NSX (Acura NSX in North America) is the successor to the legendary original NSX, which was produced between 1990 to 2005. The model debuting at NAIAS will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine supercar that is slated to launch in 2015.

To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Honda has released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video after the jump.

“The next-generation NSX will deliver a ‘new sports experience’ true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergised brand.”

The original NSX was the first car in the world to feature an all-aluminium monocoque body. The late Brazilian Formula One legend, Ayrton Senna, was also involved in the development of the first-generation.

Fast forward to 2012 and a new NSX concept was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show that year. Dynamically styled, the NSX concept makes use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V6 engine. It employs several new technologies including the SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system.

SH-AWD utilises a unique two electric motor drive unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. The hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, unmatched by previous AWD systems.

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 efficiency.

Power output is expected to be in the region of 300 kW (400 hp), allowing the Japanese supercar to blast from 0 to 100km/h in under 4 seconds.

“After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. “We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”

The new NSX is being developed by a global team of engineers led by the company’s North American R&D operations in Ohio, US, with design led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA, US. The Acura NSX will be produced exclusively at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The NSX has also been confirmed for Australia and is slated to arrive in showrooms in late 2015 or early 2016.

Honda NSX concept

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