Acura NSX Concept: All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Supercar For 2015

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Acura NSX Concept, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Acura NSX Concept, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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It's the revival of a legendary supercar, the mid-engined all-wheel drive aluminum Acura NSX, and it's said to be a hybrid.

What more could Green Car Reports fans possibly want?

Announced today at the Detroit Auto Show to applause from the assembled press corps, the new Acura NSX Concept was presented by no less a personage than Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor.

A quarter of a century ago, he was part of the team of engineers developing the concept that turned into the production NSX.

A  new supercar, Ito said, must "respond to our environmental responsibilities with two traits: technology that enhances fun-to-drive handling and performance, and expressive values that create and sustain a world where people can enjoy life."

That means performance from a mid-engined V-6 engine (no details specified), with a Super Hybrid-All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) drivetrain.

No more details were given, and the concept car was little more than a design mockupBut it's so stunning that we wanted to put up pictures. On this one, just enjoy...and imagine what a hybrid performance car could look like.


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Comments (4)
  1. Looks fantastic. Seems like it must be pretty low to the ground because it seems low compared to the Japanese gentleman (Ito-san?)

  2. Is it just me, or does this look just like the BMW i8.

  3. Just gorgeous IMHO. I'm not a fan of the Model S due to substandard, Buick-ish styling, and this is much better to me. Of course, I might be able to afford the Model S even if I can't get one for myself anytime soon, whereas for this, I'm guessing it'll be close in pricing to the higher range Model S, which will make it impossible for me.

    But I'm far from objective here, as the original NSX is still one of my favorite cars of all time.

  4. What more could Green Car Reports fans possibly want? How about an all-electric NSX?

    I thought I'd keep my 1995 NSX-T forever, then I bought a Tesla Roadster. After six weeks of driving the Roadster, the NSX felt unresponsive, sluggish, and jerky. As much as I knew about the Roadster, I was till surprised at the incredible difference in driving experience. A serious sports car wants the smooth, instant acceleration of an electric drivetrain.

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