2016 Acura NSX to surpass all performance expectations
We know it’s eventually going to happen: Sitting on the Highway in stop and go work day traffic, most likely in Los Angeles, Detroit or in the case of 2016 Acura NSX, Marysville, Ohio, we’ll be blown out of the far left lane by a now too familiar ghost of sorts.
Last year we caught the unveiling of the latest Acura NSX concept at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show as reported by Torque News and others. Loved it, as we will the first production model NSX to be presented in a decade at Detroit, January 2015. According to Acura, NSX should be coming to selected Acura dealerships by mid year 2015 as a 2016 model. I’ll take the cautious wait and see approach and will know more as to price, specifications and release date January 14..
What we do know: Pre-orders of the Ohio build Acura NSX are sold out in the U.K.. With favorable exchange rates, this formidable Porsche and Ferrari slaying gasoline/electric hybrid is a non compromising performance bargain, hand built and very limited. The first year addition Acura NSX will be a long awaited collector’s car on release, priced $10 s of thousands below the competition at a reported $125,000 or so; well bellow the Audi 8 and in line with the top trim Porsche 911.
Looking to HPD, Honda and Acura race development and the latest generation of EarthDeams ™ technology direct injected i-VTEC turbocharged V6 gasoline fueled engines, while we’re not privy to the Liter dimensions of the heart of NSX, we do know that a primary engine(midship, rear wheel drive) will work in unison with an automated race bred dual clutched transmission as found in this car. We’ve read unsubstantiated guesstimates of 500+ horsepower and 600 ft-lb torque for the 2600 lb 2016 NSX. If true, NSX will be a true Supercar in the Acura tradition.
With a primary transmission integrated regenerative electric motor as found in this Honda and(2) individual high torque electric motors slaved to the secondary,front drive wheels of NSX, combined horsepower and torque will approach best in class, thus allowing real time all wheel drive-like handling through “torque vectoring” as demanded by ever changing road and track driving conditions.
The end result of this track tested application will be a world class Supercar with unprecedented relative fuel efficiency, low emissions and exceptional weight to power ratio. And(hopefully) bullet-proof Honda, Acura mechanical and support systems reliability. Acura promises limited availability and relative affordability, the makings of a collector's car. It will be interesting to see what targeted production volume will be and where the price point lands for North America.