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2015 Acura NSX Prototype On Track: Video 30
Jul
Posted by Darryl in Acura, Acura NSX, Automotive, honda, Honda NSX, video on 07 30th, 2013
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The upcoming 2015 Acura NSX is a long-awaited exotic vehicle that many enthusiasts are curious about in a mystical way. The mystical aspect of the new NSX is its supposed revolutionary drivetrain and something exciting out of Honda/Acura after a long hiatus. Acura has released an extremely short 7-second clip of the new Acura NSX giving us a glimpse of it in action and a couple small sound bites. Of course this video is just leaving us wanting more but we will have to wait… a while.

Also, check out the Acura NSX Prototype in the rain on the track.

If you want to watch something longer than a few seconds, check out our post on a video tribute to the Acura NSX.



Honda Gets You Ready For The New NSX: Video 6
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Acura NSX, Automotive, honda, Honda NSX, Kurt, video on 02 6th, 2012

The 2002 NSX-R

The original Honda NSX, produced from 1990 to 2005, was a truly remarkable car. Intended as a supercar you could drive on a daily basis (a remarkable concept in 1990), the mid-engine, rear drive NSX was a near-ideal blend of horsepower and handling. While the original cars only made 270 horsepower, an all-aluminum body kept the weight below 3,000 pounds. Like all mid-engine, rear drive cars, the NSX could get tail-happy in a corner if pushed hard by an inexperienced driver, and it didn’t take long for insurance companies to start raising rates on the NSX to astronomical levels.

The NSX was a favorite of F1 superstar Ayrton Senna, who was involved in the car’s development and chassis tuning. Later, Honda would release an Alex Zanardi edition in the United States to commemorate the Italian driver’s back-to-back CART championships, and variations of the NSX were raced at Le Mans and in the Japanese Super GT series.

A new NSX is under development, aimed at a 2015 launch. Unlike earlier cars, the new NSX will be built with an eye towards fuel economy as well as performance, so it will utilize a hybrid drivetrain instead of just a gasoline engine. The original’s mid-engine layout will be retained, but expect the new NSX to benefit from all-wheel-drive, thanks to front-wheel mounted electric motors. A third electric motor will provide supplemental power to the car’s V-6 engine, although Honda isn’t releasing horsepower figures just yet.

To remind you that a new NSX is on its way, Honda Japan has released a near eight minute video tribute to the original, complete with a teaser on the new NSX. We tip our hat to Autoblog for digging this up, and if you’re a fan of the car, you’ll thank Honda for producing it.



2012 Detroit Auto Show: Acura NSX Concept Debuts 9
Jan
Posted by Darryl in Acura, Acura NSX, auto show, Automotive, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda NSX, North American International Auto Show on 01 9th, 2012

The infamous Acura NSX has been a long-time favorite amongst automotive enthusiasts. It has also been a long wait to see a new NSX make its way back onto the streets even if current economic forecasts says this is the worst time to market such a vehicle. Why do it? Because someone will buy it and others will cherish the heart-felt love for such an amazing sports car.

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura has taken the wraps off of the new NSX Concept vehicle. Powered by a V6 engine mounted behind the vehicle’s two occupants, the new engine will be assisted by electric motors. Yes, the new NSX will be a hybrid but more in the sense of a very fast hybrid due what is said to be an “extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio.”

Honda has aimed at making the new Acura NSX fuel efficient yet retaining supercar status. Power will be diverted to all 4 wheels through Acura’s latest SH-AWD (Super Handling All-wheel-drive system) with an electric motor in a dual-clutch transmission setup. Acura calls it a “unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a Bilateral Torque Adjustable Control System.” The system altogether combines a total of 3 electric motors and a next-generation direct-injection VTEC V6 engine.

“This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine,” said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”

Acura is keeping tight-lipped about horsepower figures for now. With a V6 engine and a total of 3 electric motors, the power output should be “enough” to keep most of us interested. We hope.

A production version of the new NSX is expected within the next three years. That is a lot of research and development time. Maybe by then we could expect the ultimate hybrid supercar that will hang with the likings of some of the fastest sports cars.

Hit up the official press release below for additional Acura NSX Concept information.

Acura Debuts Three New Vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show

– New ILX compact sports sedan to feature Acura’s first hybrid powertrain;
– All-new RDX sport utility vehicle features new engine and all-wheel-drive system;
– NSX Concept to be developed and built in America with new performance hybrid system

DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 9, 2012 – Representing the leading edge of a wave of new products and technologies, Acura today unveiled three new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, including a concept version of the all-new gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX luxury compact sedan; a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle; and the NSX Concept, which presages the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar.

Acura also announced that the next-generation NSX will feature Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® technology and that the vehicle will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio.

“Over the next 24 months the Acura brand will unleash a series of new models that will remake our product lineup and shake up the luxury market,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Acura will once again defy conventional wisdom to become one of the top luxury brands by creating luxury vehicles based on our own unique values.”

Debuting three new models in Detroit heralds the beginning of Acura’s second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand.

Acura ILX Concept
The Acura ILX Concept is the precursor to an all-new Acura luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Spring 2012. To be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX will feature three different powertrains, including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid.

“First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that’s a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX,” said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. “The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market.”

Sleek, sporty and aerodynamically efficient, the exterior of the all-new Acura ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. A beautifully styled luxury sedan, the ILX Concept has a compact, yet formal proportion, targeting a very professional image. The Acura ILX delivers both, with a low and wide stance and a long nose and a short tail that are aerodynamically efficient, the ILX is immediately recognizable as an Acura.

The lineup of ILX models will include an entry-level model powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine; a high-performance model with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission; and a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, Acura’s first-ever hybrid offering.

The ILX will feature a high–quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, high-value features, including a smart entry keyless access system and pushbutton start, along with Pandora internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.

As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a longlist of standard features, different trim levels (that will include a Technology Package), multiple transmission choices, and excellent standard safety features- including Acura’s acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA™). Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.

The new ILX will be manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, in its Greensburg, Ind. plant- one of only three plants in the world to receive J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding quality.

Acura RDX
Shown as a prototype version of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura’s five-passenger crossover SUV will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system.

The 2013 RDX, scheduled to launch in Spring 2012, will have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower- 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system that provides the required performance and safety with increased efficiency.

With anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, front-wheel-drive models of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class.

The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek, more aerodynamically efficient body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal look with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design. Chassis updates include a longer wheelbase and wider track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and a power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

As with the ILX, the 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a smart entry keyless access system, pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, the even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity – including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.

Production of the new RDX will move to the East Liberty, Ohio plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.- home to one of the four top assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The first generation RDX has been built at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant, an IQS award winner for both of its assembly lines.

Acura NSX Concept
The dynamically-styled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from the Acura brand. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies for Acura, including application of Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.

Utilizing a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a Bilateral Torque Adjustable Control System, the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Acura anticipates the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, a powerful next-generation VTEC® V-6 engine with direct-injection works in concert with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding efficiency.

“This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine,” said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”

While most supercars opt for brute force delivered from a large engine, the NSX Concept champions the true racing philosophy of an extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio.
“Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency,” added Ito, who led the development of Acura’s first NSX supercar. “In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.”

The new Acura supercar, expected to debut in the next three years, will be developed by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and manufactured in Ohio, at a yet to be named facility.

[source: Honda/Acura]



Acura to Debut New NSX at 2012 North American International Auto Show 12
Dec
Posted by Darryl in Acura, Acura NSX, auto show, Automotive, honda, Honda NSX, News on 12 12th, 2011

Recent reports have confirmed that Acura is officially bringing Sexy back which we once knew to be the Acura NSX here in America. Acura is set to debut a new NSX Concept in Detroit next year at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (January 9 – 22, 2012).

Also from Acura, the introduction of a new Acura ILX concept will debut at the 2012 NAIAS as a new luxury compact sedan setting in motion a new direction for Acura and a first-ever gas-electric hybrid for the line.  The new NSX super sports cars is the pinnacle of introductions to come forth in the Acura line while a redesigned 2013 Acura RDX five-passenger SUV will follow.

All three new Acura vehicles will be revealed on January 9, 2012 followed by a press conference the next day. Hopefully at that time we will have additional information for enthusiasts awaiting the return of the NSX.

Source: Automobilemag



Video: A Tribute To The Acura NSX 21
Jul
Posted by Larry in Acura, Acura NSX, Automotive, featured, honda, Honda NSX, video on 07 21st, 2010

Our friend Kurt at RideLust posted some car porn in the form of the Acura NSX today. Now where are you Honda/Acura fan boys? This is your moment! Your time to shine! Time to show-off one of the most recognized Japanese sports cars to ever roam on planet earth, The Acura NSX.

The mid-engine rear-wheel drive Acura NSX was a major staple in the sports car world for anything coming out of Japan along-side of the Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline and Mazda RX-7. The NSX, despite its relatively modest 290 horsepower, it was a major contender during its time from 1990 to 2005. Even today the Acura NSX keeps turning heads of not only automotive enthusiasts, but those who recognize a something truly classy. But don’t let the Acura NSX’s classiness fool you, the 2003 NSX-R was capable of posting a Nurburgring lap time of 7:56. That’s a little something to brag about!

Enjoy the epic car porn video of the Acura NSX below!







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