We already had a pretty good download on the next-generation Acura NSX, which debuted in concept form this afternoon at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That said, there were a few surprises dropped during the automaker’s press conference.
For starters, the new NSX will have a decidedly American twist. Although we knew its design was being led by stylists here in the United States, Honda Motor Company CEO Takanobu Ito revealed today that its engineering development will be orchestrated largely by Honda’s American R&D operations. Further, production — which is slated to begin within the next three years or so — will occur within the state of Ohio, perhaps at Honda’s existing facility in Marysville.
The better news? Ito-san hinted the new NSX may also spawn a variant designed expressly for racing. We hope that’s true — and we also hope it’s a sign the car will be as engaging and enjoyable as officials promise it will be. The new hybrid SH-AWD system seems like an interesting innovation and in keeping with Ito’s pledge to build an ecologically-sound supercar, but many enthusiasts aren’t necessarily sold on a driveline frequently known to add complexity, bulk, and cost to vehicles. The fact that Ito cut his teeth at Honda on the original NSX project gives us some hope, but only time — three years, in this case — will tell.
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