Acura NSX Concept: Best in Show

  This is the design that Acura has been looking for.

 

This is the design that Acura has been looking for. The NSX Concept. A car that has been long in the making. As Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Company, said when the car was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Monday, “Since production of NSX ended in 2005, we have strived to create a worthy successor.”

And this is it.

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While it is still a concept, the first thing to know is that Ito said, “A vehicle that is closely based on this NSX Concept will come to market within three years on a global basis.” Meaning, Honda is committed to bringing this car to market. You don’t bring your president in from Japan to make a commitment like that without having a plan to deliver on it.

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And the plan to deliver on it is as notable as the car is sleek, sinuous, and sexy. Ito: “And today I am excited to announce that this new Acura supercar will be developed by an R&D team in the United States. And we will build it in Ohio as well.”

This means that the car, which will be a hybrid that also uses a mid-mounted V6 engine (apparently, there will be motor-powered wheels such that they’ve come up with something being called Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, with the letters standing for the currently existing “Super Handling All-Wheel Drive”), will be engineered by Honda R&D Americas (HRA), which is headquartered in Torrance, CA, and has operations in Raymond, OH, proximate to Honda of America Manufacturing.

And they’re getting ready for manufacturing the vehicle, which will essentially be craft-like numbers, not the mass numbers associated with Accords and Civics. Said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda North American manufacturing operations, "Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship. Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts."

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Of all of the concepts shown at this year’s NAIAS, the NSX is our choice for being the most significant, both in terms of style and because of the commitment that Honda is showing to the women and men who work for the company in its U.S. R&D and manufacturing operations.