The 2015 Acura NSX will offer, "the excitement of the [Ferrari] 458 at the price of the [Porsche] 911," chief engineer Ted Klaus told Autocar. That sentiment echoes what Klaus told us about his goals for the new hybrid supercar, which is slated to go on sale in 2015.
Klaus offered more details on the design direction for the 2015 Acura NSX, saying that it is not intended simply to offer impressive statistics. "The NSX has never been about a set of figures on a piece of paper… the eventual power figure won't grab headlines, for instance, but the qualities that you can't write down, such as driver involvement and pleasure, are the ones that will matter," he told Autocar.
Previously, Klaus said his team was benchmarking the 2015 Acura NSX against six key supercars: the Audi R8 GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GT-R, and the Porsche 911. He promised the NSX would be cheaper than most of those rivals, a plan confirmed by his suggestion that the car will be as exciting as a Ferrari while costing as little -- relatively speaking -- as a Porsche 911. Klaus and hinted to us that the new hybrid Acura would focus more on driver engagement than pure performance numbers.
"We need to be a wonderful vehicle to drive," Klaus told us in May. "The emotional aspect is really, really difficult… The steering must allow you to almost drive with your eyes closed."
The 2015 Acura NSX debuted as a concept at the 2012 Detroit auto show, and was subsequently shown with a new interior treatment at the 2013 Detroit auto show. It will use a hybrid powertrain consisting of a V-6 gasoline engine and sevens-speed dual clutch automatic for the rear wheels, and a pair of electric motors for the front wheels. The car will be built in Marysville, Ohio, and is expected to hit showrooms by 2015.
Earlier this year, Acura released pictures of the 2015 NSX testing at the Mid-Ohio road course, followed by a six-second video and subsequently a one-minute video of the new supercar testing at the track. Expect to hear more about the development of the 2015 Acura NSX over the coming two years.