Perhaps one of the most anticipated debuts at the 2012 North American International Auto Show is from Acura -Honda's primarily U.S. luxury brand- as they revealed the NSX Concept, foreshadowing the return of Honda's supercar.
The dynamically-styled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from Honda. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies, including an innovative new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive hybrid system.
"Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency," said Mr. Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Company., Ltd. "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."
The NSX has been envisioned with a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. Honda claims the new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, which Honda anticipates will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, a powerful next-generation VTEC V-6 engine with direct-injection will be present, matched with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration with outstanding fuel efficiency.
The NSX is expected to enter production in 3 years, and will be developed by Honda R&D Americas with manufacturing (at least for U.S. markets) in Ohio.
Along with the NSX Concept, Acura also revealed the prototype of the RDX crossover as well as the ILX luxury compact sedan.
To be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX will feature three different powertrains, including Acura’s first-ever petrol-electric hybrid.