Acura reveals next iteration in new NSX design

Next-generation NSX Concept unveiled at North American International Auto Show

Published: January 16, 2013, 9:00 AM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:00 PM

Acura has been teasing us with news and concept versions of a next-generation NSX since 2007, most recently with a gorgeous new concept introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last year.

An updated variant of that concept was showcased at the 2013 NAIAS, evolving the car's styling and design another step closer to production.

For the first time, it includes a possible direction for the next-generation NSX's interior design.

The new Acura NSX Concept is based on the underpinnings expected in the production vehicle, which will probably be introduced as a 2015 model.

It maintains the low, wide stance and attractive proportions of the original NSX Concept from last year, with clean and simple surface development and a high-tech feel.

In an attempt to meld supercar performance with environmental responsibility Acura announced last year that the next NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an all-new, three-motor, high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive and hybrid drive through the use of three electric motors – one of which is integrated with the V-6 engine and two of which drive the front wheels.

The system also incorporates an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and it enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to enhance driving dynamics.

The new NSX Concept also a first look at what Acura calls a potential direction for the next-generation Acura NSX's interior design.

The design concept is said to be founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme, which reflects Honda/ Acura’s focus on "the synergy between man and machine."

"Our intention is to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a supercar at the limit, because we are insistent about delivering on the synergy between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio.

According to Acura, the interior package boasts outstanding visibility, an exotic driving position, and an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that minimizes interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience.

The new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, located in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. The new NSX will also be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio.