Bad news for those of you waiting for the much-talked about Acura NSX hybrid supercar. It’s been delayed. Tuesday, Acura confirmed that deliveries of the all-wheel-drive NSX won’t happen until the first quarter of 2016. The original date was the end of 2015.
The delay is all due to a big change in development. Acura’s design team’s decided to change engines. Instead of a transverse-mounted, naturally aspirated V-6 engine, the automaker is switching to a longitudinally mounted, twin-turbocharged V-6, according to Acura spokeswoman Jessica Fini.
The company is already building the car in very limited quantities at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, and even showed a production version during the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
We still don’t know exact engine output, but Acura has said that the three electric motors and 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 will produce “at least” 550 hp combined.
Other significant technical revelations 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.
Pricing is expected to start in the mid-$150,000 range.
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