Oh, the long-promised new Acura NSX. We’ve seen it on the auto-show circuit in prototype form, we’ve seen it burned to a crisp on the Nurburgring, but we never thought we’d actually see the darn thing make its production debut. That’s finally slated to change at the 2015 Detroit auto show, where the automaker reports it will pull the covers off of a production version of the long-anticipated hybrid performance car.
The 2012 concept still looks good, so bringing an attractive car to market shouldn’t be too hard. A bigger challenge for Acura will be ensuring that the NSX’s onboard technologies are still able to hold their own in a market now flush with $80,000-$150,000 cars boasting better performance than the supercars of the early 2000’s.
Since the new Acura NSX concept debuted three years ago, the much-touted hybrid technology it was to rely on has taken a substantial jump forward. Performance-oriented hybrid powertrains aren’t exactly the norm nowadays, but you can find them in everything from the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 to the modest BMW i8. Throw the new gasoline-drinking Corvette Z06 into the mix, and the new NSX isn’t going to have it easy on track day.
Acura hasn’t revealed much about the production car’s drivetrain, but it’ll probably use a version of the automaker’s SH-AWD system to channel power from its gasoline engine and two electric motors to all four wheels. The NSX should benefit from a mid-mounted, free-revving V6 coupled with electric motors. We’re not sure if the production car will be a plug-in hybrid featuring an electric-only drive mode or if its motors are merely there to provide punchy low-end torque.
There will be a lot more to tell you about the new Acura after the 2015 Detroit auto show. Between NSX, the official unveil of the Mercedes AMG Sport line, assorted goodies from Mini and possibly even grand entrance of the U.S.-bound Ford Focus RS and maybe even a new Ford GT for good measure. It is starting to look like January might hold a lot of good for us enthusiasts. Stay tuned.