Acura NSX Concept: Detroit Auto Show
- 01/16/2013 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Auto Show
Production is still too far off for many enthusiasts' liking, but at the Detroit Auto Show this year Acura showed a NSX Concept that provided a good look at what the future supercar will look like—both inside and out. Like the original concept car that debut last year at Detroit, the 2013 Acura NSX Concept maintains its low and wide stance with edgy styling lines that give it an aggressive look.
The doors opened on this year's concept, showing the world what the future NSX's interior might look like. Acura calls the design a "Human Support Cockpit," which features tremendous visibility, a low-slung driving position and a "Simple Sports Interface" giving the interior a super clean look. Acura says the interior of the concept is "one possible direction" it may take with the production NSX.
Last year, Acura announced that the future Acura NSX supercar would be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. This year it displayed a three-motor, high-performance hybrid system that uses two motors to drive the front wheels, while the third motor is paired with the mid-mounted , direct-injected V6 and mated to a new dual-clutch transmission. The result is an all-wheel-drive car that can instantly deliver negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, creating what Acura calls "a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems."
Look for the Acura NSX to go on sale as a 2015 model.
Here's what others are saying:
Cars.com:"The NSX we're seeing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is largely the same as the one we saw at the 2012 show…What is new and notable, however, might be referred to as RoboCockpit."
Cleveland Plain Dealer: "It still has the ridiculous sense of excess - huge wheels tucked under curved metal fenders, with more space dedicated to an engine than for passengers - that any vehicle hoping to be known as a supercar should have."
Popular Science: "We’re concerned that Acura will find all sorts of ways to remove the coolness before putting it into production, but we hope we'll be proven wrong."
Photos by Matt Landish (with additional photography by American Honda Motor Company).