Acura NSX Concept Gets Mid-Engine V6 Hybrid SH-AWD: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Acura is bringing a dead legend back to life with the unveiling of their NSX concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

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:

Plus, watch the Acura NSX Super Bowl ad:

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  • Nick Nick on Jan 18, 2012

    On paper it sounds ok, visually it looks out of date and doesn't make me drool like the bmw concept does.

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Jan 18, 2012

      You mean the i8? I think there's actually quite a lot of similarity between the two and the NSX looks much closer to production than any of the i8 concepts we've seen so far.

  • Bunga bunga Bunga bunga on Mar 08, 2012

    bmw i8 idea was based on outdated honda duelnote hahaha..nsx haha just like there valve tronic was fake copy of Vtec,hahaha .nsx is a diffrent stuff,bmw will copy later...