This year’s North American International Auto Show is shaping into a supercar showdown with Acura’s new NSX sliding into the spotlight next to the new Ford GT revealed Monday, and with a price to match. (RELATED: The New Ford GT Is Detroit’s Sexiest Supercar Yet)
Despite putting out an NSX concept two years ago, Honda’s luxury developer went back to the drafting board to design a production-ready model for Detroit, complete with an all-new twin-turbo, six-cylinder hybrid engine complimented by three electric motors and a 9-speed dual clutch transmission.
Acura will begin taking orders for the “mid-engine sports hybrid supercar” later this summer, with deliveries expected to ship before the end of the year. It’s expected to retail around $150,000, according to USA Today.
“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX — a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura, said in a press release. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”
As a result of the upgrades over the last two years, the production-ready NSX is 3 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the previous concept model — changes necessary to bring more air into the intercoolers for its larger, twin-turbocharged engine. Each NSX will be assembled by a 100-worker team in Ohio, where the supercar underwent extensive years-long testing.
“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office, said in the release.