We have been teased long enough, and now the new NSX appears to be ready for launch. As the official Pace Car of the 2015 Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, Acura’s latest supercar used twin turbos and three electric motors to scorch the treacherous trail. This new production model of the NSX is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. The NSX also receives power from an all-new, three electric motor Sport Hybrid (SH) system. The front wheels receive power or braking from two electric motors while the third is inside the rear-mounted transmission.
“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,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division, in a press release introducing the car. The new 2016 NSX is comprised of multiple materials, including aluminum, carbon fiber and ultra-high strength steel. Sharing almost no components with Acura’s other production models, the NSX represents the culmination of countless engineering efforts and years of development. Being the halo car for one of the largest automakers is a tall order to fill. So in order to ensure quality, a dedicated production line at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant is ready to roll.
Staying true to form, the new NSX will arrive with a mid-mounted V6 in a lightweight body, but that is where the similarities between old and new end. This new 3.5-liter V6 uses two turbochargers to make 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. A new nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is paired with a direct-drive hybrid motor/generator. Power is stored in a lithium-ion battery mounted low in the chassis. This energy is channeled to the front wheels by a Twin Motor Unit (TMU). Powering each front wheel independently, it can induce yaw while cornering to provide incredible lateral grip. In addition to more traction, Acura added 73 horsepower to the acceleration equation. This will make for blistering acceleration and an estimated top speed of 191 mph. The chassis and space frame are mostly aluminum, with high strength steel used in critical safety areas. Production is about to begin at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.
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Check out the video below of Bloomberg Business’s first look at the 2016 Acura NSX