Sweet. Glory. Hallelujah.
It's been 25 years since the original launched, but it's long-awaited successor is finally here. Presenting the all-new 2016 Acura NSX. Making its official debut here in the Motor City, the production version remains true to the concept first displayed at this very show back in 2012. That's a great thing. However, what's changed is the powerplant. Instead of the concept's naturally aspirated V6, Acura has gone with a longitudinally-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 located at mid ship that produces more than 250 horsepower.
It's paired to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric-motors, sending power to all four wheels via the appropriately named Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Two of the electric motors, which deliver instantaneous torque response, are mounted behind the NSX's front wheels, while the third direct-drive motor is located between the engine and transmission. It specifically supports acceleration, braking, and transmission shifting performance. The production NSX has been slightly lengthened and widened compared to the concept. It also features a slightly more cab-forward package over the concept in order to accommodate the new engine and gearbox.
As a result, the wheelbase is also slightly longer. Design wise, we love it. The 2016 NSX features classic low and wide proportions and modern, alluring surfacing. We really like the front end design and the taillights pay homage to the original NSX. It rides on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum alloys.
Acura claims that every element of the exterior design has been carefully fashioned for total airflow management for both stability-enhancing downforce and vehicle systems cooling. Without question the new NSX looks how a modern supercar should. Inside, you'll find a beautifully-designed cockpit with simple and intuitive controls, as well as class-leading ergonomics. As of now, Acura has yet to release official performance numbers, pricing, and various other technical specs, but production will get underway fairly soon at a new facility in Marysville, Ohio.