The Wheel Deal

Fixing you up with life in the fast lane.
Posted: January 10th, 2012 | By Thomas Falkiner

The 2012 Detroit Auto Show keeps on dishing out surprises. And this time the magic is happening over at the Acura stand where a brand new NSX Concept was unveiled yesterday to the feverous masses. Giving a nod to the Ayrton Senna-tuned original that wowed the motoring press from 1990 to 2005, NSX version 2.0 will be built in Ohio and go on sale within the next three years.

Acura have been expectantly tight-lipped about this car’s final specs but what we do know is that it’ll be powered by a mid-mounted V6 engine mated to the firm’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. What the what? Well if you’re not all that familiar with Acura technical lingo this means that the petrol engine is used to power both the rear wheels as well as two electric motors mounted up front. The latter, as you’ve no doubt already guessed, provide extra power and twist without harming overall CO2 emissions.

Downsides? Well this kind of Earth-friendly drivetrain can add a considerable amount of weight (step forward the Honda CR-Z), which can affect the way a sports car ultimately handles and accelerates. Here’s hoping that Acura manage to get around this heft with liberal use of lightweight materials. Whatever happens, it’ll be great to have the NSX name back on the supercar frontlines. Lord knows it’s been missed.

[Source: Acura]



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