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Gran Turismo 6 launches today and among the almost unmanageably long list of available cars, gamers are able to “play” with the concept version of Acura’s upcoming NSX.
10. Acura NSX Concept
As has become the tradition, there was no shortage of big debuts at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Ranging from concepts so bold they border on absurdity to production cars that kept enthusiasts clicking, this is AutoGuide.com’s list of the top 10 cars unveiled during the North American International Auto Show.
The Acura NSX concept car kicks things off, but remember before you blow your stack that Honda’s luxury brand did actually show something new about the car.
While the shell stayed mostly same, there’s actually an interior to look at inside the Japanese supercar that the brand says will focus on simplicity, good outward visibility and style to enhance the driving experience. And it’s based on that interior alone (see it here) that the NSX makes out list.
Buy or sell the PR jargon as you like, but there’s no getting around the fact that Acura is at least one step closer to building the NSX.
The upcoming Avengers movie based on the classic marvel comics will feature super heros, super villains, crazy explosions and of course hot cars. Acura supplied the automotive eye candy in the form of the TL, MDX and the new NSX, showing the cars off at the movie’s red carpet debut.
The Avengers hollywood premiere saw the whole fleet of Avengers designed Acura cars ferrying the stars to the glamorous event. Robert Downey Jr. pulled up in his on screen character, Tony Stark’s, car of choice: the new NSX. The militarized S.H.I.E.L.D. edition Acura MDX and TL also pulled up on the red carpet, carrying the rest of the Avengers team, namely Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye).
We saw the NSX concept on the set of the film already, and again at the Detroit Auto Show, but it will be fulfilling to finally witness the supercar performing in the movie, driven by the one and only Iron Man.
Check out the gallery of the three cars looking super hero ready on the red carpet and the cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and others.
GALLERY: Acura S.H.I.E.L.D Vehicles at Avengers Red Carpet Debut
While America got to enjoy the global premiere of the new Acura NSX at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the rest of the world will know it as the Honda NSX and the concept just made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Honda NSX Concept is essentially the same vehicle we saw at Detroit, except now it’s sporting the Honda “H” badge on its hood and trunk, rather than the American Acura “A”. Europeans were able to get a closer look at the upcoming supercar that will feature a Sport Hybrid V6 SH-AWD powertrain with all-wheel drive.
It will be interesting to see how well-received the Honda NSX Concept is in Europe, considering that it not only sports a hybrid powertrain, but that it’ll be produced in America rather than Japan.
GALLERY: Honda NSX Concept
GALLERY: Honda NSX Concept
See below for video of the Acura-branded NSX from its reveal at the Detroit Auto Show
If it’s impossible, implausible or just plain awesome and you can’t have it in real life, there’s always going to be video games to let you live out the fantasy.
Amid the buzz building around the new Acura NSX, we can’t help but think to ourselves that it would be nice to just jump in and drive the thing. No waiting around, just instant gratification like a kid in Toys-R-Us. The good news is, as you get older the toys tend to get way cooler and in this case more accessible.
Polyphony Digital, the creators behind the wildly successful Gran Turismo racing game series, have released a video featuring both the old and new versions of the Acura NSX ripping around a track. In addition to teasing the distinct possibility that Playstation 3 owners may soon get to “drive” the NSX, it features some of the key details released at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, including the fact that the car is a mid-mounted V6 hybrid using three electric motors. Gamers, power up your consoles.
Watch the video on the after the jump.
The all new super car has lost some weight thanks to lightweight build materials and Acura’s race inspired philosophy of a well balanced power to weight ratio. The new NSX will be powered my a mid-mounted direct injection VTEC V6 engine which will utilize Acura’s hybrid super handling all wheel drive system. The SH-AWD system consists of two electric engines which operate independently of each other and can generate positive or negative torque to the front wheels during cornering. The V6 SH-AWD system will be paired with a dual clutch transmission outfitted with its own electric motor giving the NSX three separate electric power plants.
The styling on the new NSX is very much a classic supercar look, using low ground clearance, aggressive angles in the nose, a very low profile roof line and a windswept look running into a small rear spoiler to achieve its supercar style. Hard angles are all over the NSX which gives it a very rigid and serious stance.
President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Takanobu Ito said, “In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.” Ito also revealed that the NSX will be a production model within the next three years and it will be built in an Ohio car plant.
GALLERY: Acura NSX Concept
GALLERY: Acura NSX Concept
Watch AutoGuide’s first look video of the new NSX below: