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The NSX Is Back! The NSX Is Back?

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On: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 12:58PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The NSX Is Back!  The NSX Is Back?

By now, just about anyone in the automotive world has heard rumors of the next NSX. We have all had not one, not two, not three, but now four rounds of revival rumors since its sad departure in 2005. There was a single-cam 3.5-liter V6 powering one version, a high-revving V10 powering another, and they both were scrapped over the course of Acura's modeling, and remodeling, the NSX. Natural aspiration, electric, and forced induction have all made cameos in Acura's plan for their halo car, and, at last, there seems to be a final verdict on just what the next NSX will be.

One of the main reasons for the constant engine changes is because while Acura was spending years trying to find the perfect engine, other companies were putting out better and better motors in their sports cars, constantly upping the horsepower ante and making the standard by which Acura was shooting for slowly become subpar. The V10 craze fell through after BMW's attempt at a 10-cylinder M5 brought about mixed reactions from even the most loyal fans. Then the initial 3.5-liter V6 was dropped because, although at the time it was more than capable of putting competitive power to the ground, after a couple years of delays, the 500 horsepower max of that motor just didn't have enough potential to keep up with 500+ horsepower GTRs, 600+ horsepower Corvettes, and 700+ horsepower Chargers, and those are just pithy low-rent competitors compared to the Italian and German exotics that the NSX was originally designed to contend with.

So what can we expect to see? We're told the final version of the NSX will be a mid-engined twin-front and mid-motor four-wheel drive coupe. The engine is still a 3.5-liter motor, but this one is a DOHC version sporting a twin-turbo setup, and is even further backed up by an electric twin-motor unit that drives each wheel separately using planetary gears to add just a bit more power (and techie bragging rights) to the bottom line. Total power numbers are still a mystery (or being reworked, which probably wouldn't surprise anyone), but expect an initial figure of right around 600 total horsepower.

To get all that power to the ground, Acura has employed a 1-speed direct drive transmission for the electric motors up front and a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic with a manual shift mode for the gas engine. The body is a mix of aluminum and fiberglass with optional carbon fiber bits (including a carbon fiber roof) for a little more money. The more money theme applies to the brakes too, which will have optional carbon-ceramic discs for a few grand more.

The initial investment for the long-awaited NSX should come in right around the 150k mark. But there are already rumors of hotter versions already in the works. Given Acura's history with this car, they should've started working on these higher performance models right around 2007 to get them out on time. They have taken their time, but hopefully, this slow-produced, fast-car has been worth the wait.

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