Acura NSX concept updated for Detroit [video]

Looking even better

Honda has launched in Detroit an updated version of the NSX concept.

A few hours ago we posted two leaked photos of the NSX hoping this was the production model. Unfortunately, it's only a revision of the original concept that debuted at last year's NAIAS show. Nevertheless, we can still appreciate the futuristic design even though it's only a concept, wishing the production version won't stray away too much.

According to Honda, the cabin offers great visibility and a "strong driving position". It boasts a "Simple Sports Interface" which minimizes interior clutter allowing the person behind the wheel to focus on what is important: driving.

The production version is set to get a direct-injected, mid-mounted V6 engine working together with Honda's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system, a new dual clutch transmission featuring a built-in high-efficiency motor, and two electric motors driving the front wheels independently.

Set to go into production in 2015, the Acura NSX will be manufactured at a new facility in Ohio and will cost more than a Nissan GT-R.

Source: Honda

A new NSX Concept that showcases the evolution of the next-generation supercar’s styling and design, including a first look at the possible direction for its interior design was unveiled today by American Honda on their Acura stand.

The design stays remarkably true to the original concept styling, maintaining its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that are highlighted by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and edgy details that communicate supercar attitude and a high-tech feel.

The new NSX Concept offers a glimpse at one potential direction for the next-generation NSX’s interior design. The interior package boasts outstanding visibility, a strong driving position, and an intuitive “Simple Sports Interface” that minimises interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience. Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, Honda’s designers have strived to deliver synergy between man and machine.

With the aim of delivering a new sports car experience that combines supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, the NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

As previously announced, the new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. The new NSX will also be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio.

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radmeister radmeister
Looks nice but I don't know how many people will spend and pay a jap car premium price for a car built in Ohio...Why not buy a viper GTS or a corvette Z06 if you want something built in the USA. Probably going to be faster than the NSX too. For jap performance cars it's hard to come this late into the game, the GTR has taken a spot high on the performance charts, the LF-A is the epitome of japanes attention to detail, this comes 3 years later made in Ohio....I donnoooo, first gen NSX didn't sell so well, doubt this one will sell either.
Jan 16th, 2013 2:54am
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
An NSX and a Honda S2000 made it to my permanent garage. I was previously not a great fan from Japanese cars. Yes, I had a nice Honda lawnmover but that was it. Wifey and I had the German car bug. We still drove a BMW every day driver. When "Sandy" hit and it was time to save only 2 cars to higher elevation at a friends Queens, NY garage, it was the NSX and the S 2000 that made the cut. 3 more vehicles (incl. the lawmover) were a total loss.
Jan 19th, 2013 1:47pm
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Heh heh they just inserted the car into GT5 for the video. No real car footage, which is a shame.
Jan 16th, 2013 12:52am
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norther norther
the back looks a bit aston martin'ish
Jan 16th, 2013 12:03am
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Cale24 Cale24
Glad they binned the hideous rims from the last concept- these new ones are at least interesting. In general a good looking car, but doesn't grab like a Ferrari 458. Still, looking forward to production version.
Jan 15th, 2013 10:40pm
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eddie eddie
Totally awesome! Do not change anything especially the headlights and interior. Definitely way ahead of the pack!
Jan 15th, 2013 8:23pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Build it why don't you
Jan 15th, 2013 8:23pm
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
Easily the best Japanese car in Detroit. But there is something about that raised transmission tunnel that reminds me of the LFA. But overall the Interior looks good. I really want a hardcore Type R version, to battle against the GTR.
Jan 15th, 2013 8:14pm
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memexe memexe
WoW! This is sexy! Man Sexy!
Jan 15th, 2013 7:41pm
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Great interior, but i don't like the headlight
Jan 15th, 2013 7:21pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Honda/Acura, PLEASE keep changes to a minimum, this looks brilliant! Oh, and at least make it cheaper than a base R8 V8.
Jan 15th, 2013 7:19pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Yess, Honda bring it on. So what, if it costs (a bit) more than the GT-R? It looks a hundred times better.If the quality remains on par and on the very high level of Honda/Acura with performance to rival R8 and GT-R, Honda will have another winner, again.
Jan 15th, 2013 7:14pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
It wont cost a BIT more, with the hybrid system it will cost a LOT more than a GTR... But I think that's not the problem.. I suspect that the car will be so heavy that it will strugle beat cars like the GTR, 458 italia or Mclaren, that would be so much lighter
Jan 15th, 2013 9:27pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
I seriously doubt that the new NSX will hold a candle stick to any of those in terms of performance. From the specs that were given so far(awd hybrid 400hp), this car will be more on par with the Mustang, M3, RS5. Even then I'm not sure how there car will handle since extra weight can make an impact on handling. I suspect that Honda is going more towards technology and flashiness rather than performance and practicality like it once did in the past.
Jan 16th, 2013 1:00am
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radmeister radmeister
I think it's going more against the likes of the BMW i8(same drive train kind of) the Corvette and Viper. I'm sorry but this performance wise and prestige wise cannot compare to something like the MP4-12C, the GT-R, Porsche 918, Porsche 911 Turbo-S, Audi R8 V8, 458, LF-A, Gallardo. It's built in Ohio!!!!!!!!!!!!! Might be a honda factory but i'm sorry i wouldn't have enough faith in Ohio folk assembling my car and then asking 100k+ for it...This car, as any "halo" car should be built at the MAIN factory, hand assembled by samurai. Not potato farmers who need a job during the winter. Sorry but big mistake imo not making this car in japan.
Jan 16th, 2013 3:02am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Corvette and Viper are in the 911, R8, 458, LFA territory... in performance terms
Jan 16th, 2013 4:09am
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