To the great satisfaction of the masses, the production 2015 Acura NSX will hit the streets looking almost identical to the well-received concept version. Our spy photographers spotted a prototype of the upcoming 2015 Acura NSX hybrid supercar testing on the Nürburgring, and despite the car’s camouflage we can tell that the long-awaited NSX will not disappoint when it finally arrives in mid-2015.
As we said in our recent sneak peak of the 2015 Acura NSX, the production model will be “tantalizingly close” to the latest concept seen at last year’s Tokyo show. Changes, if any, are refreshingly minor. Up front, the lower air intakes appear altered, but don’t expect any drastic departures from the show car. The hood in this test car also gets slightly more prominent air vents. The concept’s chrome five-spoke wheels will probably get left on the cutting room floor, in favor of leaner units. On the prototype we spied, we can see web-spoke wheels up front and simpler six-spoke wheels at the rear, although those could be for testing purposes only.
Under the skin, we expect the 2015 Acura NSX to employ a high-output twin-turbo version of the RLX Hybrid’s 3.5-liter V-6 making around 400 hp, mounted rear-midship. It will be positioned longtiduinally, and matched with an electric hybrid system and seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission to deliver power to the rear wheels. In keeping with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology, two electric motors will power the front wheels.
We expect the 2015 Acura NSX to position itself in the market in a fashion similar to the old NSX, which we celebrated as the most cooperative and usable supercar of its day. If history is any indicator, Honda will stake out its own ground for the new NSX, rather than chasing down Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari.
In 2013, NSX lead engineer Ted Klaus told us his team was benchmarking six key cars: the Audi R8 GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GT-R, and the Porsche 911.