Acura NSX to be built in US - revealed in Detroit [videos]

Honda has unveiled the much anticipated NSX Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today.

Looking almost identical to Tony Stark's Acura on the film set of The Avengers, Honda of America spokesman Gary Robinson said the vehicle was a, "one-off, fictional car that was made just for the movie and will not be produced."

Regardless, the new NSX concept is a hearty preview of a very real production vehicle which Honda says will launch in the next three years. Remarkably, the NSX will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio for export around the world!

Just like the original NSX from the early 1990s, the next-generation supercar will have a mid-mounted V6 engine, make use of lightweight materials and include Honda's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system.

Honda didn't mention any performance specs but previous reports have stated the NSX will output 400 bhp (406 PS / 298 kW) and the two electric motors will be placed in-wheel. 0-100 km/h will arrive in less than five seconds.

The hybrid drive unit will have a next-generation VTEC V6 engine with direct-injection and 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit as Honda refers to it. Transmission will be a dual clutch unit with a built-in electric motor to create the kind of acceleration numbers that are in supercar league but while offering excellent economy.

Speaking at the Detroit Motor Show, Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, who led the development of Honda's first NSX supercar, explained the values of the new NSX, "Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency. 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."

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Isn't it obvious the R8 and bmw i look like the original NSX. Even the creators of the McLaren F-1 took inspiration from the NSX. You know Honda's serious when it announces a production NSX, and you know things are up when Lexus responds with the LF-LC(supra) and Infiniti with their e-merge flagship sportscar. This new concept is a tasteful evolution of ALL the NSX concepts that came after the original. Overlay the side profile of the NSX,HSC,ASCC,and FC Sport, and you get this NSX concept. (see http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q46/hkcrv/nsxlineage.png) What Honda/Acura needs now is a 2+2 coupe that middle in-comers can afford. Convert the look of the HSV-010GT design into a production car. It has to be a car that makes people say "WOW! That's a Honda?"(to some people so young, they wouldn't know what Honda's were like in the glory days. Call it the CL, or heck, call it the Prelude... of things to come. Bring on the EV-Ster, rename it to Beat for the Asia market and call it Del Sol for the Americas.. Honda/Acura definitely needs to bring back the sporty icons, especially the Del Sol and Prelude (the ones most regular people can afford.)
Mar 11, 2012 3:11 am
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Love the car, except for the beak! But of course, when it hits the market, a simple aftermarket rhinoplasty will do the job.
Jan 10, 2012 4:18 pm
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Joao Oliveira
GTR and LFA, NSX would be a Hybrid, so it will have some aditional weight that will slow the car down.... This NSX won't be the supercar killer that it was once
Jan 10, 2012 4:01 pm
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great man, can't wait
Jan 10, 2012 10:57 am
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Looks a lot like the BMW i8...
Jan 10, 2012 7:25 am
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no it doesn't
Jan 10, 2012 10:40 am
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It looks the business
Jan 10, 2012 6:54 am
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They should also have added the tail light to tail light spoiler as a signature nsx design...
Jan 10, 2012 6:45 am
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It's a very beautiful design, but it just doesn't shout out the Japanese-ness or the tuner-ish design... More of an european exotic-like..
Jan 10, 2012 6:40 am
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Lovely design but I could have mistaken it for an Audi.
Jan 10, 2012 4:43 am
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Does anybody else have the impression that the video graphics strikingly resemble a Gran Turismo 5 in-game footage? Along with that music and all...
Jan 10, 2012 1:50 am
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Is running in the GT5 engine. so is GT5
Jan 10, 2012 2:24 pm
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I kind of wish Honda would have carried over some pedigree of the original NSX into the successor. Even though the concept looks great, it looks a lot more of an R8 than NSX.
Jan 9, 2012 6:24 pm
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I like it its got alot of mclaren mp12-4c about it but in a better way than they did it,get rid of the stupid acura bar at the top of the grill and being it to europe
Jan 9, 2012 6:16 pm
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Acura NSX isn't Back. That's an Audi R8 platform with a few extra body panels.
Jan 9, 2012 6:11 pm
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Compare the side profile picture of this car to, side profile of the Audi R8.. http://www.exoticsandluxury.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/audi-r8-52-fsi-white-side-picture.jpg
Jan 10, 2012 3:00 pm
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WCF peoples! you must see this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzaynkoC04k&feature=g-u&context=G23bddebFUAAAAAAAAAA
Jan 9, 2012 5:53 pm
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Thanks, just added it to the article below the text.
Jan 9, 2012 6:03 pm
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oh, cool, no problem buddy :)
Jan 9, 2012 6:25 pm
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Me: Doing a happy dance, right now! As the proud owner of a 95' NSX, this is the best news I've heard in a very long time. After seeing several failed attempts at launching a new NSX, I think this something that all fans, as well as Honda's engineering team, can agree with and be excited about.
Jan 9, 2012 5:00 pm
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Very, very, very good design. I love it :-)
Jan 9, 2012 4:59 pm
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The epic return of this legend !! Kinda makes me wonder about Honda's business strategy by ditching the typical JDM approach of Japanese manufacturers, yet, who cares at this stage !?!? With Ito keeping an eye on the development there should be high hopes on this beauty !!
Jan 9, 2012 4:44 pm
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The beast is back! Nissan GT-R, check. Acura NSX, check. Toyota, it's time to bring back the Supra.
Jan 9, 2012 4:42 pm
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True, but don't forget Lexus got the LFA ;)
Jan 9, 2012 5:24 pm
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True, but maybe Toyota could rebody it, and sell it as a Supra! (But hopefully at less than $100,000!)
Jan 10, 2012 4:15 pm
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That looks absolutely epic.
Jan 9, 2012 4:27 pm
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Jan 9, 2012 4:01 pm
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