DETROIT: JAPANESE AUTOMAKER Acura has pulled the drape off a second prototype of its NSX series of concept cars at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and The INQUIRER was at the scene to catch a glimpse.
The 2015 Acura NSX is an updated model of the firm's NSX series of concept cars, the last of which was shown off at NAIAS 2012. Both are prototypes based on the original NSX series cars that Acura launched in 1990 and stopped building in 2005.
This being the company's second NSX concept car recently, hearsay on the auto show floor hinted that the unveiling is a step closer to the series going back into production, perhaps within the next three years or so.
With a supercar appearance, the 2015 NSX is a hybrid vehicle powered by both gas and electric. The 2015 model features a mid-mounted V6 engine with a seven-speed manual transmission but also hosts three electric motors that work together to help drive all four wheels as well as assist with acceleration and braking.
The 2015 NSX Concept car is slightly longer and wider than the earlier version that Acura showed off at the show last year, and retains a smooth, simple surface with a slanted rear that goes all the way back to the tail.
On the inside, there's a race track ready steering wheel and paddle shifters that are intended to minimise driver distractions. There are also a pair of LCD screens, one that acts as a primary gauge cluster that can be reconfigured to the driver's specifications.
The firm didn't mention the cost of the 2015 NSX, mainly because for now it's just a mockup. However Acura, which is a division of Honda, did let slip that when it's built the car likely will cost more than the Nissan GT-R, which will set you back at least $100,000. µ
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