Acura Spills Beans About NSX… Or Most Of Them

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There’s nothing like talking about Acura’s new NSX to spice things up at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2015 World Congress. This week, the automaker took the prime opportunity to give us some new technical details about its highly anticipated next-generation mid-engine supercar.  And they are pretty complex, so here are the main bullet points.

While we still don’t have exact numbers on the powertrain and how much horsepower to expect, Acura is telling us a little more about the engine.  The gas-burning half is an all-new, twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 with direct and port injection and dry-sump lubrication to allow a nice low center of gravity and high-G cornering.  Oh yes, it also gets a nine-speed dual clutch transmission. The hybrid half of the drivetrain is comprised of three electric motors: A twin-motor unit driving the front axle, and a rear motor within the transmission that acts directly on the crankshaft for immediate power boost to the rear wheels.

The NSX also gets the highest torque capacity Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system in Acura history.  Other significant technical revelations outlined in the press release include:

  • Acura’s first use of a revolutionary multi-material space frame design that delivers class-leading body rigidity while remaining lightweight.
  • World’s first automotive application of new ablation casting technology resulting in world-class body rigidity for ultimate handling and control. Ablation casting combines traditional casting methods with rapid cooling techniques to offer the design flexibility and rigidity of casting with the ductility and energy absorption characteristics of extruded material.
  • World’s first use of a three-dimensionally formed, ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar, supporting class-leading rigidity and crash performance while providing outstanding outward visibility.
  • Top-in-class aerodynamics targets without the use of active aerodynamic elements, while its three-motor Sport Hybrid power unit is cooled through 10 heat exchangers all thanks to a total airflow management strategy that maximizes the flow of air around and through NSX.
  • The latest proprietary logic advances Acura’s two decades-long pursuit of Super Handling that proactively responds to driver inputs, allowing the NSX to achieve a new level of line trace while at the same time intelligently supporting the driver in changing environments.

“Our goal is to create something altogether new and exciting, something that advances the concept of a next generation supercar in the spirit of the original NSX,” said Klaus. “In order to provide NSX-level value, we needed to push ourselves to experiment with, refine and then realize many new technologies.”

The company will begin taking orders for the NSX next summer.

Photo Credit: Acura
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