Having appeared briefly as Tony Stark’s ride in the movie The Avengers
last year, this Acura NSX Roadster movie prop
may end up spawning a production version. Honda confirmed to Autocar
that a convertible version of its new NSX was being considered, and if the green light is given the car could be on sale two years after the coupe is launched, meaning a likely release date in 2017.
Readers may recall that the original NSX had an open-top version, too. However, this was a targa with removable roof panels and any new NSX will likely feature an automated folding roof. The NSX Roadster that featured in the movie was simply a prop and was actually based on an original 1991 Acura NSX, so it had no roof at all.
If built, the convertible version of the new NSX is likely to end up looking a lot like the NSX Roadster from the movie. That’s because the design of the movie prop was based on Honda’s own NSX concept car
, which is said to share about 95 percent of its lines with the production version it will spawn.
The new NSX, which is tipped for a reveal at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, will come to market with an advanced hybrid drivetrain
consisting of a direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V-6 mated to a dual-clutch transmission and electric motor. The car’s drivetrain will feature two additional electric motors, forming its ‘through-the-road’ hybrid all-wheel-drive system.
Development of the new NSX is taking place primarily in the U.S. and production of the car will also be handled here, at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center
located in Marysville, Ohio to be exact.
To see and hear a prototype version of the car, click here
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