Acura isn’t wasting any time when it comes to offering even more when it comes to its next-generation NSX hybrid. The 2016 model isn’t even on sale yet and already the news is leaking out that Acura is planning a Type R version of its iconic supercar.
“I think everyone who loves cars wants to see a version that we say is pure red. The NSX has always been silver first, moving towards red later. Someone asked me, ‘when will you be satisfied?’ Probably never. What you do today, you can improve tomorrow,” says the NSX chief engineer Ted Claus.
Tomorrow, in this case, looks like it will be sometime in 2018, when Acura’s Type R will reportedly make an appearance. It will feature the unique hybrid system along with a plethora of cutting-edge technologies like the standard super car NSX, but as the super-supercar the R will be taking the NSX a step further. It will do this by featuring even higher specs that will enable it to take the NSX performance to new levels. It will also have unique design elements both inside and out to distinguish it as the R.
Like the NSX technical specifications are sparse for the planned Type R. However it is anticipated that it will shave off a lot of weight with a carbon fiber body and better aerodynamics. It is estimated that the new NSX will weigh between 3,527 and 3,747 pounds while the NSX-R is expected to weigh 3,417 pounds.
With the weight loss also comes the the anticipation of supercar performance speed such as completing a 0-62 in around three seconds. To clock in faster time, the R will pack over 600 horsepower and feature a nine-speed dual clutch transmission. It will also have improved breaks to accommodate driver control.
The R will also likely have stiffer, track-focussed suspension to enable even better track competence. This may compromise some of the comfort that is traditionally associated with the NSX, however, comfort is not exactly the focus of the R.
With specs like these, the Type R will give the European supercars a run for their money. According to Claus, it is designed to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458.
No prices yet, but according to Motoring Australia, it could be priced around $250,000, while the standard NSX is estimated to be under $200,000 and will be available for order next summer.