The prolonged gestation of the second-generation Acura NSX will finally come to an end when the official production model debuts at this year’s Detroit auto show in January, a full three years after the first NSX concept appeared at the 2012 Detroit show. This teaser also gives a glimpse at the look of the new NSX, as well as the sound of its advanced hybrid powertrain.
As you might expect from such a highly-anticipated car, we’ve already reported on many of the details of this new hybrid-powered supercar. The new NSX retains the same mid-engine layout as the iconic original car, but under the hood is a wildly different powertrain that employs the latest and greatest version of Honda’s gas-electric hybrid system. The gasoline engine is a longitudinally mounted, twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 that will likely route through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to power the rear wheels. Up front, two wheel-mounted electric motors afford through-the-road all-wheel drive, and should boost the 2016 Acura NSX’s total output above 500 hp.
From what we can hear from the teaser video (below), the V-6 hybrid powertrain makes a thrilling noise. Acura has reportedly benchmarked the Ferrari 458 Italia for the new NSX, so expect blistering performance to accompany this furious sound. In contrast to the Ferrari, though, the NSX should provide a more accessible platform for all of this performance, with a user-friendly interior and an easy driving experience to defy the supercar stereotype.
Production of the 2016 Acura NSX will begin a bit later in 2015 at a new performance center in Marysville, Ohio. Pricing will likely start significantly above $100,000, and the car should go on sale in mid-2015. Stay tuned for this exciting car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show on January 12.