Acura may have pulled the wraps off its NSX hybrid supercar at the Detroit auto show in January, but this tester we spotted in southern California is still hiding behind camouflage tape. Our colleagues at Motor Trend spotted this 2016 Acura NSX on California’s I-405 south as the automaker continues to test its upcoming supercar.
After a long gestation period that saw numerous concepts revealed at auto shows, the 2016 Acura NSX was finally unveiled with a hybrid powertrain this year. Behind the driver and passenger seats, a twin-turbo V-6 sends power to the rear wheels by way of a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic. In addition, three electric motors help bolster the car’s performance; one is at each front wheel to provide torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, while the third is inside the transaxle for further electric assistance. Total system output is expected to be north of 550 hp.
The 2016 Acura NSX is made from aluminum, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber, which should keep weight low despite the battery pack, motors, twin-turbo engine, and dual-clutch transaxle. Acura says the car will have a 43/57 front/rear weight balance, which is even better than the original NSX’s balance. Giant carbon-ceramic brakes are clearly visible behind the test car’s black multispoke wheels. The car was engineered and styled in the U.S., and will be built in Ohio.
The 2016 Acura NSX should start production next year. Until then, check out these photos of the car on the 405 and at its 2015 Detroit auto show debut.