Taking on the ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ design, the NSX body features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights that pays homage to the original NSX.
At the side, the intake and floating C-pillar collect air to feed the mid-mounted engine and direct airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce. To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, the production vehicle was lengthened and widened with a slightly more cab-forward package, compared with the proportions of the NSX Concept shown in 2012. In overall dimensions, compared to the 2012/13 NSX, the 2015 Acura NSX is 4470 mm (+80mm) in length, 1940 mm (+25mm) in width, 1215 mm (+15mm) in height and has a longer wheelbase at 2,630 mm (+20mm).
Wind tunnel testing on the Acura NSX offered a number of significant changes from concept to final design, including modified hood vents, new front fender vents, modified side air intakes, and an optimized deck spoiler. To sum up the exterior, the NSX features ContiSportContact high-performance tyres 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear-mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Acura NSX boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics, most notably the seat, which features top-notch holding performance with exemplary comfort and easy ingress/egress. A glance at the instrument cluster and center piece entail a dynamic TFT display, along with the center console with a Power button and the new Integrated Dynamics system dial control. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed midframe, a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike. An ultra-thin, yet super strong A-pillar design and low-mounted instrument panel minimize obstructions to the driver’s view of the road.
A 75-degree DOHC V6 mid-mounted engine with 9-speed DCT and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid propel the supercar to very impressive output and torque figures (which weren’t revealed yet). The impressive numbers are attributed to the ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes. The NSX can claim to have the lowest center of gravity, thanks to its packaging schematics and lightweight body.
The NSX body utilizes a space frame design, an internal frame constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials. Anchored by a carbon fiber floor, torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by this ultra-rigid structure which also utilizes advanced joining technologies. Additionally, the NSX features world’s-first casting technology that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the strength and elongation properties of a forged material, enabling significant weight reduction. The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).
Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs, steering, braking and throttle, along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability. Stopping power relies on 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Driving dynamics of the NSX are greatly enhanced by the dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System, which allow these drive modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.
The Acura (Honda) NSX is scheduled to start customer orders from second quarter of the year, with deliveries expected later in the year.