Autogyaan : Revamped Acura NSX Concept Displayed At New York Auto Show
Representing the latest stage in its pre-production development cycle, the Acura NSX Concept showed its oh-so-subtly revised self in New York.
At the 2013 New York Auto Show this week Acura displayed the updated version of its new NSX concept, the first of which we saw last year in Detroit. The updated concept gives us a better idea as to what the final production version will look like, including the interior that owners of the car will get to enjoy.
While on initial glance it doesn’t look like much has changed, but if you look closer you’ll notice that many of the panels have been made more streamlined, the bumpers have been tweaked, and new carbon fiber elements dot the exterior.
We also get to see the concept’s interior for the first time, which is filled with plush materials as well as carbon fiber, and features a clutter-free design. Acura plans to install a touch-screen interface to handle many of the driver inputs.
The NSX Concept maintains its low and wide stance that we saw last year, and the car is highlighted by clean, modern, smooth, and simple surfacing, with edgy details that communicate a supercar feel and attitude. The overall shape reminds us of Audi’s own R8 supercar, with the slanted rear that goes all the way back to the tail.
Acura NSX production ended in 2005, and it’s seen a long history that goes back to 1990, when the first-year NSX was released. The 2015 model will feature a mid-mounted V6 engine with a seven-speed manual transmission. The car will also feature three electric motors that will work together to help drive all four wheels, and to assist with acceleration and braking.
The most interesting aspect of the new NSX, which is expected to hit showrooms sometime in 2015, is its new hybrid drivetrain, which Acura likes to call the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, or Sport Hybrid SH-AWD for short. Acura says the system delivers instant torque during cornering that should set it apart from current AWD systems.
Of arguably more significance, the latest Acura NSX Concept exercise also sports a recast interior with elements that the design team is reportedly considering for the production model. Based on a “Human Support Cockpit” theme, it reflects Acura’s directed focus on optimizing “the synergy between man and machine.” In addition to improving external sightlines and the basic driving position, this redone interior introduces an intuitive “Simple Sports Interface” that minimizes interior clutter and allows the person behind the wheel to remain more directly involved with the job at hand.