I’ll just say it.
Acura has spent several (or many) years re-inventing the Honda Accord. Looking at their current line-up you can see the apparent lack of innovation. This time last year, at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, we saw the 2015 Acura TLX. It was smaller and more efficient than their outgoing TL. It had a V6. It was red. And we all ran to our local Acura dealer, right? You could compare Acura to their direct competitors and wonder if they really had anything exciting in their product pipeline. Even Volvo had a cool shooting-brake concept — and my boss drives a Volvo. It seemed like the days of the classic NSX, even the street wise Integra, were gone.
Rant aside, Acura teased a new concept NSX in 2011. And up until yesterday we had a few concept photos and relatively few specs. Their concept featured a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 mated to a hybrid all-wheel drive system.
For Acura the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is in stark contrast to last year. On Monday they unveiled the new 2016 NSX. Although Acura has yet to drop exact numbers, we have a lot to look forward to. Although that does make writing a blog post a bit more difficult… The good news is that it’s now real. What we do know is this: The body is carbon fiber and aluminum. As promised, there is a twin-turbo V6 paired with a three-motor hybrid system along with a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The interior seems at first a little plain, but don’t miss Acura’s Human Support Cockpit, an all-digital dashboard that makes the supposed $150k sticker price a bit more serious. Think Lexus LFA dashboard.
Between the Ford GT and the Acura NSX, we’ve now seen two absolute classic vehicles re-invented. There’s no doubting the legacy of these cars. The 2016 NSX looks to fill these shoes.
How do you think the new NSX will stack up against the classic? Or is it all about competing with the likes of the 458? Let us know down below.