Honda chooses Detroit show for world debut of the NSX

Acura's mid-engine supercar will bow January 12.

Finally, the long-awaited production version of the Acura NSX supercar will make its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2015. The model , Acura says, "will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine Acura supercar that is slated to launch in 2015."

The production car looks similar to the NSX-GT concept shown above, but there are differences between it and the production car.

To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Acura released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video on Acura’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Acura.

“The next-generation NSX will deliver a ‘new sports experience’ true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergized brand.”

Concept shown in 2012

The Acura NSX concept model shown above made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, where Honda President and CEO Takanobu Ito announced that development of a next-generation NSX would launch in three years, led by an American reasearch and development team and produced at a state-of-the-art new plant in Marysville, Ohio.

“After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. “We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”

Honda/Acura has not said whether the NSX will be the basis for a race car, but it would certainly fit into numerous series, including the GT-Le Mans class in the TUDO United Sports Car Championship.

There's no doubt that some NSXs will find their way onto racetracks, but it may require a privateer effort, especially given the new NSX's "Sport Hybrid" powerplant using a twin-turbo V-6, and all-wheel-drive.

The concept has already spent some time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex, located close to the plant. But Honda also has a 7.5-mile oval at the Transportation Research Center next to its plant, and that track has road courses inside it.

The NSX debuted has an Acura in the U.S. and Hong Kong, and as a Honda everywhere else, in 1990, and remained in production with surprisingly few changes through 2005. Since then, Honda has promised another NSX, and the wait has been a long one. Price is expected to be similar to an Audi R8. 

 

 

 

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