Who really needs twin turbochargers and three electric motors, anyway?
The second-generation Acura NSX (known in other markets as the Honda NSX) is a brilliant engineering feat but couldn't be further removed from the car it replaced. Its 573-horsepower hybrid powertrain and almost supercar-like proportions represent a massive departure from the more conventional but deeply respected first-gen version. In fact, so well-loved is the first-gen NSX that Acura is considering a restoration program for owners who reside in the US.
Industrial Designer Jordan Rubinstein-Towler from Michigan apparently loves the NSX as well, so decided to reimagine the second-gen Honda NSX with a concept design of his own, and what he has come up with is mightily impressive.
He describes the concept as "a modern evolution of the original" with a transverse-mounted, naturally-aspirated V6 engine along with a carbon-composite occupant cell. Of course, the original NSX used a naturally-aspirated V6 engine as well, before the second-gen version went to town with twin turbochargers and no less than three electric motors.
Design-wise, Rubinstein-Towler went for clean lines and "minimal decorative trim." His Honda NSX has a sporty wedge-like form and we especially like the neat trick he has pulled off with the headlights. They mimic the pop-up lights of the original by disappearing when not in use with an opaque finish, before becoming clear when the lights are switched on.
At the back, there are broad wheel arches and a pop-out rear wing that has been artfully integrated. The black roof, meanwhile, contrasts nicely with the main body color. Inside, the same simplistic approach to design continues. The driver and passenger are each separated into their own cocoon and there is a distinct lack of buttons, although physical controls remain in place for the shifter lever and to the right of the rather tiny infotainment screen.
Overall, although the latest NSX is a fantastic machine, we think Rubinstein-Towler's creation looks like a legitimate second-gen NSX that would have done Acura (and Honda) proud.