Acura raises the bar with all-new NSX 2016
ACURA’S NSX 2016 model expected to go on sale soon will no doubt be a dynamic demon in spite of its hybrid powertrain.
That shouldn’t be a problem, as it will combine a twin-turbo V6 with three additional electric motors, two of which will drive the front wheels individually.
While the overall shape hasn’t changed since the NSX concept cars started floating around, the production version has grown more than three inches in length, one inch in width, and about a half inch in height.
Compared with the original NSX, it is considerably larger, as well, particularly in width, up by 5.1 inches, and wheelbase, which has grown by 11.0 inches.
Its space-frame structure is comprised of aluminum, high-strength steel, and “other advanced materials,” with carbon fiber. The has been refined some more, resulting in a car that looks finished, sophisticated, yet even more extreme.
Up front, the concept’s chunky, five-block headlamps have been replaced by skinny rows of six LEDs underscored by an even thinner strip of LED DRLs, while redesigned ducts and filaments within the fascia have rendered Acura’s much-maligned “power plenum” grille treatment to a mere chrome strip.
The body panels are made of aluminum and SMC (sheet-molding compound), and they include a flying-buttress-style C-pillar that drops about halfway down the body side to accommodate the gaping engine-air intake. Out back is a thin band of taillamps spanning the width of the car, while the bumper contains a trio of massive air extractors and diffuser vanes bracketing center-mounted exhaust pipes.
And in a nod to the original NSX, the debut car was rendered in NSX red with a contrasting black roof. A carbon-fiber roof will be optional. In the interior, the low dashboard features exposed aluminum structural components covered by padded, black-and-red-stitched leather panels.
While the overall shape hasn’t changed since the NSX concept cars started floating around, the production version has grown more than three inches in length, one inch in width, and about a half inch in height’’
A TFT instrument cluster is nestled behind a highly sculpted steering wheel with flattened upper and lower sections. Acura is very proud of one particular feature of the new NSX, which also happens to be one of our favorite aspects of the original car: the thin windshield pillars, which are meant to facilitate a panoramic view of the road ahead, contributing an impression of lightness.
The NSX is powered by Acura’s first turbocharged engine since the original RDX crossover and is only the company’s second foray into forced induction.
Not only is the NSX’s 75-degree, dry-sump V-6 twin-turbocharged, but the engine is supplemented by three electric motors, one sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and one at each front wheel.
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