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Acura Races A Step Closer to Production with Latest NSX Supercar Concept

Updated show car is larger, features full interior and high-performance hybrid drivetrain.

by on Jan.15, 2013

The revised Acura NSX prototype is slightly longer and wider than the 2012 version - but maintains the same basic proportions.

The once and future Acura NSX has taken a big leap closer to returning to production, the Honda luxury division revealing a second prototype version of the supercar during a preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The original Acura was a high-profile flagship for Acura in its first incarnation, but the maker spent years struggling to find a strategy for bringing it back into production before revealing a distinctive new concept car at last year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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That prototype was little more than a mock-up, but the one on display at Detroit’s Cobo Hall on the Acura stand for the new several weeks is a running prototype, albeit still not ready for prime time.

“It’s a big step closer to the production model,” Mike Accavitti, the Acura marketing chief, told after the latest prototype’s unveiling.


Acura Confirms Return of the NSX

Hybrid supercar concept to debut in Detroit.

by on Dec.12, 2011

Acura hinted that a new NSX might be coming with this prototype sports car used in the recent Iron Man 2 movie - though there'll be distinct differences when the real NSX concept appears in Detroit.

It’s been a long wait but has confirmed first-hand that Acura will bring back the NSX nameplate, with a new concept version of the supercar making its debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

The NSX will be the halo vehicle used to help put a halo around Honda’s luxury brand, which has been struggling to re-establish its identity while newer Asian luxury marques – notably Lexus and Infiniti – leave Acura in their dust.

Unlike the V-10 concept that Acura revealed a few years back, the new NSX will opt for a decidedly different approach for a supercar, adopting a specially-tuned version of the hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system that the brand will offer in more mainstream models like the RL sedan and MDX crossover.  (For more on the new Electric SH-AWD system, Click Here.)

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The goal, is the “optimization of styling, performance and efficiency,” explained Gary Evert, head of Honda’s U.S. R&D operations, during a secret background session in Las Vegas earlier this month limited to only a handful of automotive media.  “We think this can be a real differentiator for the brand.”