Acura's Got A Ton Of NSX Models In The Pipelines, Not Just A Type R

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What a time to be alive.

It's pretty commonplace for supercars nowadays to be a platform on which to spin different models off of. Whether it's more hardcore variants of entry-level vehicles, such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, to even more hardcore road rockets along the lines of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Koenigsegg Agera RS, it's very rare nowadays to find a supercar maker that's content with keeping the model lineup intact from day one. As a result, it's of no surprise to hear that Acura's got plenty of NSX derivatives in the works.

What is interesting, though, is that Acura does appear to be introducing more than just the obligatory lighter and more powerful version that the inevitable Type R model will be. According to a report by Autocar magazine, Acura has plans on using the NSX platform to showcase all the interesting and advanced technologies it's cooking up right now. One of those does appear to be an all-electric model along similar lines to the version that Acura fielded in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb not so long ago. It's also worth pointing out that a lightweight NSX model appears to be on the cards as well. Indeed, NSX project leader Ted Klaus admitted to Autocar that shedding pounds off the supercar is "the general direction we wish to go."

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The hypothetical Acura NSX variants lists doesn't just end there, however. Klaus also hinted at the possibility of a "non-electrified" version that, we assume, would adopt the gasoline engine/rear-wheel-drive combo that the GT3 racing car employs. Add in the fact that Klaus didn't explicitly state that an NSX convertible isn't in the cards and you're left with the very tantalizing situation where Acura seems to be in the position of developing an NSX variant to suit everyone's powertrain and driving experience preferences. Whether or not they all see the light of day is another matter entirely, but there's no denying the future looks incredibly bright for the Acura NSX at the moment.

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