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Acura's New NSX Ditches Hybrid Tech And AWD, But Don't Get Excited Just Yet

This is the NSX we should have gotten in the first place.

Production of the new Acura NSX has just begun and already people are talking about a second variant. The rumored “Type R” would ditch hybrid tech and all-wheel drive for a more purist experience. Acura didn’t announce such a car at the 2016 New York Auto Show but it did debut the Acura NSX GT3. The NSX GT3 may be a race car but it shares a lot of parts with the production car and could be a test bed of sorts for a Type R model. The GT3 racer is set to be built in the same plant as the NSX in Marysville, Ohio.

In addition to being made in the same location the two cars share a lot of parts. A hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive aren’t on the list of commonalities, though. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 is carried over, though, as are the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry sump lubrication system from the production NSX. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. The two NSX cars will also share the same lightweight body and aluminum space frame. In addition to hacking off the tech the new NSX GT3 adds a ton of aerodynamic exterior bits because it’s a race car and downforce is kind of a big deal.

There’s a sizable deck wing spoiler, a large front lip spoiler and an aggressive diffuser in back. As you’d expect the cockpit is your standard racing fare and is wildly different from the production car. Turning the NSX into a GT3 racer is a cool idea, we’re more excited by this move because of what it means for a potential Type R. Acura is obviously willing to experiment with the powertrain of the NSX, at least so that it can get into racing. Who’s to say success on the track plus media demand (and potentially sluggish sales numbers) wouldn’t force it to take action? All speculation aside, we can’t wait to see how the NSX GT3 does out on the track. Expect to see it racing in the US come 2017. For now, enjoy these live shots from New York.

If these live shots weren't enough Acura has released a video of a camouflaged NSX GT3 racer in action. Check it out and let us know what you think about the new NSX.

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