Acura NSX Hybrid Concept Video Walkthrough

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We don't mean to be hard on the Acura NSX concept unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. After all, it looks great--and even manages to look a bit like the original--packs a hybrid V-6 powertrain, and will be engineered and built in the U.S. sometime over the next three years. But is it really a supercar?

We wouldn't even ask the question if it weren't for Acura's marketing materials tossing the term at us every third word. Hybrid sports car? Sure. Hybrid grand tourer? OK, why not. Hybrid performance vehicle? Yep, that too. But supercar?

With an estimated 400 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a hybrid system, and a focus on light weight (says Acura), it could well be a very high-performance car, hybrid or not. But to classify anything in the 400-horsepower range that weighs more than 2,000 pounds or so as a supercar seems a stretch. The physics just won't let it reach the mid-three-second 0-60 mph range or blistering 60-120 mph acceleration that justify the appellation.

All of that aside, we're excited about the new NSX concept, and we're looking forward to seeing it on the streets--and to hopping behind the wheel--whether it's a supercar or not.
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Comments (5)
  1. It doesn't look special enough.. don't see character flowing in the design.

  2. If it comes in under 2500lb, with 400hp, I would consider that a supercar.

    Heck, people are calling the Audi R8 the affordable supercar and that puppy weighs in at 3600lb.

  3. Nelson looks a little nervous....
    Anyway, 400hp aint going to do it. The last NSX was low on power, especially for the $.
    If Acura is going to spark interest, the need to have around 550hp (maybe more by the production date) but we all know that the most conservative car company on earth will drop the ball once again.
    BTW, looks similar in shape to an R8, IMO.

  4. Give it Electric assist Turbo Compounding V6 600+ hp engine with carbon fiber composite monocoque chassis, It will be super car. If not it's just another cool sport car.

  5. I am a big fan of the nsx and honda, but this car definitely has a yawning factor, a design that looks like a mild Lamborghini and a powerplant that produces 400hp is barley competitive in todays sport class. reminds me of the failed cr-z

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