by Bill P.
Everyone with the press at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was waiting to see the NSX – and it stunted on life! The 2016 NSX improves on less practical past concepts and is now a new age hypercar that entices sports car lovers around the world.
I’m feeling everything about the new NSX. It’s longer, wider, and justly refines the elder models and keeps some of their flair. Motorsports Correspondent, Daryl used to own a 2000 NSX, and he’s ready to buy the new one. Twenty-five years after its debut, it’s love at first sight for NSX owners.
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The next generation NSX platforms the pinnacle of production, styling, and performance of Acura’s mid-engine sports car. At their press conference Jan. 12, Acura announced key details of the NSX’s new design and powertrain. The 2016 NSX gives hypercar leaders some competition with its early specs. Affordability and EPA could edge the NSX in the lead. The fact that the NSX is made in the USA is another big plus. The new NSX body has a clean sheet design, which involved nearly 3 years of intense development led by engineers at the Acura facility in Raymond, Ohio.
The NSX body utilizes a space frame design- an internal frame made of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and carbon fiber. The body panels are composed of aluminum and sheet molding composites. A carbon fiber roof is optional.
The sexy exterior style of the new NSX’s reminds me of the low slung McLaren 650S. The NSX is 14 ft. long and 6 ft. wide with huge air vents and wide doors. The NSX body features an aggressive front design with its signature sharp nose and taillights that pay homage to the original NSX.
Every element of the exterior body design has been fine tuned for aerodynamics enhancing stability, downforce, and engine cooling. The NSX has made improvements from the 2012 concept car I saw. Hood vents have been widened and front fender and deck spoiler added. The side intake and floating C-pillar collects air to feed the engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce.
Sport Hybrid Powertrain
The NSX takes some of Acura’s best performance traits and retools a powerful V6 with 3 electric power units and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to create this sophisticated hypercar.
The 2016 NSX features a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged engine said to have an output in the 550 horsepower range. The DOHC V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valvetrain and dry sump lubrication system. The rear direct electric motor is housed between the engine and transmission. This position directly serves acceleration and braking. Twin independent electric motors power the front wheels delivering instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution. Along with a launch control button, the NSX will have a “zero delay” torque delivery for an impressive 0-60 mph time.
Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) enables quick response to steering, braking, and throttle- along with stability control and launch performance. Agile Handling Assist uses brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic safety. The Integrated Dynamics System has selectable Quiet, Sport, Sport +, and Track modes that adjust engine, motor, transmission, and chassis response – even noise level. Quiet mode runs the NSX in full electric mode at low speed cruising.
The 2016 NSX has full independent all aluminum front and rear suspension and high performance carbon ceramic brakes with 6-piston front and 4-piston red and black calipers.
Simplistic Sporty Driver-Centered Cabin
The two-toned leather trimmed cockpit will have a simplified design with driver-centered control and comfort. The interior will have race-inspired technology and functionality featuring a push-button start and dynamic TFT display. Stay tuned for more performance and interior specs.
Estimated MSRP for the 2016 Acura NSX hits around $150k.
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