Honda’s Acura has finally launched its long-awaited NSX supercar this afternoon in Detroit Auto Show. The sleek hybrid car is designed and built in US. It is one of the most significant reveal thus far at the North American International Auto Show.
The wait was worthwhile as the car is a beauty and proves to be faithful to the NSX heritage. The new model can produce the power of 500 horse power with its twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The car is equipped with a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission for instantaneous response and improved fuel efficiency. Especially the car has a dual motor hybrid system for stability generation that’s currently available only in $1-million-plus hybrid supercars from McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari whereas Acura estimated that the car will cost about $150,000.
Michelle Christensen of Acura gave the edgy and flourishing design to the car. The wide, low stance gave it the advantage of performance and aerodynamic effect where the airflow moves directly through the front of the car to cool the brakes and the electric motors. The air emerges from side vents, and then back into the rear to cool the V6 engine.
Acura told the crowd that the car is designed focusing the driver’s experience. Senior vice president Acura, Mike Accavitti says “The emotional connection with the driver is intense, immediate, and personal. Every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the system—the driver.”
The special part was the integration of hybrid motors in the car. The engine runs the rear wheels while the hybrid motors drive the front wheels. This all wheel drive system allows precision and power distribution and of course fuel efficiency notifying that Honda has yet to disclose fuel economy or battery capacity numbers. The car also come along with the launch-control function with zero delay acceleration and four drive modes that are “quiet” (all-electric), “sport,” “sport+,” and “track”.
Honda will begin accepting the orders from its customers in this summer and then the production shall commence in the fall from a new high-tech assembly line in Marysville, Ohio.