Acura already confirmed that a concept version of the next NSX supercar would bow at the Detroit auto show, but now a report from Auto Express reveals two other key details on the new car. The new NSX will reportedly produce close to 400 hp, and will be offered in roadster form alongside the already-previewed coupe.
As we reported earlier this month, the resurrected Acura NSX bows in concept form at the 2012 Detroit show before going on sale in 2014. Serving as a technological halo car for the brand, the new NSX will feature a new hybrid SH-AWD drivetrain. A gasoline engine will drive the rear axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while twin electric motors will propel the front wheels.
Acura has not yet revealed any performance specifications for the new car, but AE suggests the hybrid drivetrain will produce at least 400 hp, managing the 0-to-62-mph sprint in less than five seconds. The publication also suggests the NSX’s gasoline engine will be a 3.5-liter V-6.
As to design, the NSX concept stays close to the styling seen on a prop car developed for action film The Avengers. Whereas the movie mock-up is a coupe, the Detroit-bound NSX concept will be an aggressive, angular coupe with wide rear haunches and Acura’s signature triangular front grille. However, AE reports that Acura also will develop a roadster version of the car for series production. If so, the topless NSX might debut some time after the coupe goes on sale.
As was the case with the original NSX, the supercar will be badged as a Honda outside the U.S., but an Acura on our shores.
We’ll learn more about the Acura NSX concept, including its hybrid drivetrain, at the Detroit auto show in January 2012. For the latest news surrounding the 2012 Detroit auto show, stay with AutomobileMag.com.
Source: Auto Express