The Acura NSX has never been about brute power or engine size. When it first appeared in 1990, it was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 making 270 horsepower and its power never really increased over the car's 15 year lifespan. By 2005, it was severely outclassed by the cars it had once fought as equals; 1990's Ferrari 348 made a similar 300 horsepower, but by 2005, Ferrari was on its great-grandson, the F430—and that guy made 483 horsepower.
Attendees of the Honda IndyCar 200 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 4th are in for a little treat just before the race begins: a new Acura NSX prototype running laps of the road course. Suddenly, we're filled with an inexplicable urge to go to Ohio.
When you think of hybrid and electric cars, you think of boring and awkward design matched with some not-so-exciting performance figures. The first cars that come to mind are the cheese-wedge shaped Toyota Prius and the eye-sore that is known as the Nissan Leaf. However, it seems like some supercar manufactures are jumping in on the electric and hybrid market with their own creations. Now while these cars may not be considered an 'everyday' option, they are still tapping into fuel-efficient technologies to prove that going green isn't always dull and boring. Many of the supercars listed here are being created for one of two reasons. First, they letting supercar manufacturers put their technologies on display and allow them to study what is possible when the world inevitably heads down the electrified and hybridized future. The other reason is reducing the overall fuel-economy of their full model lineup to help them save money on heavy government fines for producing "standard" gasoline-powered cars that don't meet CO2 emissions or fuel-economy standards. Each one of the supercars listed here is either in development and will be on sale in the near future, or on sale now. (But you probably can't afford them, sadly.)
Acura's next NSX was revealed in concept form at least year's Detroit Auto Show, and since then, it's been making the auto show rounds (and popping up on the Super Bowl broadcast and in The Avengers, but that's neither here nor there) as Honda tries to keep excitement stoked about their hybrid super sports car that's still a few years away. So for the new NSX Concept's one-year anniversary, they showed off its interior.
Well, to be honest, they showed off a new version of the Acura NSX Concept, this time complete with an interior that Honda describes as a "one possible direction" for the production NSX's interior. Based on the images we see of it here, we're guessing the average NSX buyer would be plenty happy with this Ferrari-esque interior. We certainly would be. Acura says it's based around the theme of a "Human Support Cockpit" with a "Simple Sports Interface," which sounds like a lot of buzzwords for "a well-designed interior."
the Acura NSX Concept II also offers a more production-ready version of the car's styling; if it looks pretty much just like the first concept to you, well, consider that a sign that the new NSX's looks shouldn't change much between concept and production. As it's based on a prototype version of the actual NSX chassis, the proportions and details alike should translate pretty easily from the car you see here to the road. As long as the performance of the hybrid-V6-Super-Handling AWD super sports car lives up to the looks, we'll be happy. [via Acura]