It’s been a long wait but TheDetroitBureau.com 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.)
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.”