NAIAS 2015: Acura unveils next-gen NSX

NAIAS 2015:  Acura unveils next-gen NSX image

Text: / Photos: Iñigo S. Roces, Acura Press | posted January 13, 2015 06:58

Acura NSX was developed and produced in the USA

Acura has finally taken the wraps off the next-generation NSX sports hybrid supercar and promises to deliver a ‘New Sports eXperience’ through its design and performance.

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Developed and produced in the USA, the mid-engine NSX comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system and also includes Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), creating ‘the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe.’

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The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the center of gravity. The all-new 9-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX's front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

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The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance. The result is an instantaneous "zero delay" launch performance and handling response.  

As seen in the photos, the NSX features classic low and wide proportions, an aggressive front design, and tail lights that pay homage to the original NSX.  To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, the production vehicle was lengthened (+3 inches) and widened (+1 inch).

Inside, the NSX's instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information.  The center console has the Integrated Dynamics System dial control that holds the sport hybrid powertrain Power button.

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The NSX is the world’s first all-aluminum supercar anchored by a carbon fiber floor while the body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC) enabling significant weight reduction.

Tested at some of the world's most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring, the NSX  features a mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit positioned strategically to concentrate vehicle mass low and toward the center of the vehicle, giving the NSX the lowest center of gravity in its class.

The all-aluminum front and rear suspension makes is glued to the track by ContiSportContact™ high-performance tires (245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear) mounted on 19x8.5 inch front and 20x11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels.  Braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), allows for lightning-quick response to all driver inputs—steering, braking and throttle—along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability.

The NSX's dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level, based on the needs of the driver and driving environment. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and, finally, to Track mode, where the NSX reveals the full spectrum of its performance capabilities.

Aided by both the engine and three electric motors, the NSX also features a ‘launch’ function to achieve zero delay launch performance.

"Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver.  The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division.

"Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver.  The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX.

The company will begin accepting custom orders for the new NSX mid-2015.