Honda took the covers off its latest NSX concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday.
Essentially a lightly tweaked version of the NSX concept shown at last year's Detroit show, the new car gets a proper interior for the first time. The cabin looks near production-ready, Although is expected to be tweaked as the NSX is further developed. A styling highlight are the big carbon fiber struts which run from the dash into the center console.
"This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "We're making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market."
The NSX will not go into production for at least two years, and will be built in the U.S., where most of the car's development will also be carried out. The car will feature Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels – along with an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.
"The key is that the interior design compliments the vehicle, creating that link between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, head of Acura design. "A performance car needs great visibility, intuitive controls and an interior quality that lets the driver focus on driving.
"The revised exterior is a more focused look at our goal of creating the modern performance car. It must look forward, be simple but technical, and express the performance and technology leadership we want to take."
Executive Publisher Paul Pfanner and Executive Producer John Chambers also contributed to this report.