Acura is planning a full-court press for this year’s Detroit Auto Show, with plans to reveal three new vehicles: a prototype of the RDX crossover (yawn), a concept version of the new Civic-based ILX (snore), and the concept version of the next NSX (we’re awake, we’re awake!).
The new NSX, sadly, will not use the V10 developed for the long-since cancelled front-engined successor model that spawned the HSV-010 GT500 race car, in spite of our hopes; instead, it will reportedly use a mid-mounted V6 hybrid powertrain, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive.
“Our approach is efficiency and a strong power-to-weight ratio,” Acura VP Jeff Conrad told Automotive News. “If we are thinking about being sporty, we need to do it with the machine’s efficiency. That’s the thing we can do. The way we achieve it will be unique to Acura.” According to AN, the hybrid’s
Super Handling Sport Hybrid All Wheel Drive system will actively absorb energy from the inside wheel and redirect it to the outer wheel during turns to improve handling, which sounds like a pretty impressive technical feat. That’s the Honda we know and love.
Expect the car to be similar in size to the original NSX, with styling very similar to the Acura concept car caught in set photos from next year’s Avengers movie. American Honda president Tetsuo Iwamura said the car maker wants to get the new NSX on the roads as soon as possible, and certainly in the next three years. According to Car and Driver, could be as soon as 2013. We’re down with that. [via Honda, Automotive News, Car and Driver, Inside Line]
Pictured: Acura Concept Car from The Avengers.
Acura to Debut Three New Vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show
Acura announced today that it will unveil three all-new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including an all-new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car.
The Acura ILX Concept is a styling study of an all-new luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in spring 2012. To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid. Acura also will unveil a prototype of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura’s five-passenger SUV. Finally, Acura will debut the NSX Concept, which represents the styling direction for the next generation of Acura’s super sports car.
“Acura has a steady cadence of exciting new models coming to market and it will all begin in Detroit,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales and service. “From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility.”
All three vehicles will be introduced at the North America International Auto Show on January 9, 2012. The press conference will be webcast live on www.acuranews.com.