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Acura NSX Concept


Acura has recently unveiled the new Acura NSX and it can be previewed at an Arizona Acura dealer. With a fresh design concept, the new Acura NSX is expected to be one of the top class luxury cars. It is being called a hybrid super-car and is speculated to produce around 400 peak horsepower and 295 lb-ft of peak torque, most of which could be available at idle.

The production NSX will be powered by a hybrid version of Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive. It will use a unique three-motor hybrid, two on the front axle and one on the rear, which will also draw power from a turbocharged V-6.  The mid-engined V6 with Acura’s new SH-AWD system uses the gasoline engine to power the rear wheels and provide juice to a pair of electric motors up front

The layout will allow aggressive torque producing different amounts of energy directed to each of the front wheels to improve the way it steers through a cornering. It will also allow for bilateral torque adjustment, where the amount of power going to each wheel can be adjusted to help improve traction.

Furthermore, the system will feature electric-only operation using solely the front wheels. When the engine is running, we expect the electrified wheels would be called into action only when extra power or traction is needed. According to Acura, the setup will allow multiple driving modes, including electric- or gas-only modes, plus a hybrid mode calling on both electric and gas power while offering all-wheel drive capability.

In addition to adding power, the by-wire all-wheel-drive/hybrid layout should save weight compared to a conventional driveshaft-based system. Acura is aiming for a light car with a high power-to-weight ratio and impressive fuel economy.

It is also apparent that Acura will be including a push-button control for the transmission, while a touch-screen interface allows a clutter-free design for the rest of the dash. These display screens will, without a doubt, provide drivers with how much fuel they’re saving, battery charge and other details concerning the NSX’s complex three-motor hybrid system.

The production NSX is not expected to be produced until at least 2015. Visit Chapman Acura Tucson for more information.