A new Acura NSX supercar is brewing, and though the concept versions we’ve seen don’t appear to resemble the original NSX in anyway, apart from also featuring a mid-engine layout and V-6 engine, the two cars do have some core commonality.
Just like the original ‘New Sportscar eXperimental,’ this second-generation NSX will debut groundbreaking technology that could potentially see it topple some more exotic rivals.
The most interesting aspect of the new NSX, which is expected to hit showrooms sometime in 2015, is its new hybrid drivetrain, which Acura likes to call the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, or Sport Hybrid SH-AWD for short.
The convoluted name essentially describes a ‘through-the-road’ hybrid system where an internal combustion engine is matched with electric drive to form an all-wheel drive system, without the usual driveshafts and differentials weighing it down.
Acura’s system relies on a gasoline V-6 mounted in a mid-engine position and joined by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors. Two of the electric motors power the front wheels independently and a third, integrated with the transmission and V-6, powers the rear wheels.
The setup will enable multiple driving modes, including electric- or gas-only modes, plus a hybrid mode calling on both electric and gas power and offering the aforementioned all-wheel-drive capability. The sophisticated setup will also offer a bilateral torque control system to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, helping to add the “Super” in Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.
At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show this week Acura unveiled an updated version of its new NSX concept
, the first of which we saw last year in Detroit
. The updated concept gives us a better idea as to what the final production version will look like, including the interior that owners of the car will get to enjoy.
While on initial glance it doesn’t look like much has changed, but if you look closer you'll notice that many of the panels have been made more streamlined, the bumpers have been tweaked, and new carbon fiber elements dot the exterior.
We also get to see the concept’s interior for the first time, which is filled with plush materials as well as carbon fiber, and features a clutter-free design. Acura plans to install a touch-screen interface to handle many of the driver inputs.
For our full coverage on the new Acura NSX, click here
, and for more from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, click here