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Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co, with ILX and NSX Concepts  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)

NSX Sport Hybrid  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)

NSX Sport Hybrid  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)

ILX Hybrid Sedan  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)

ILX Hybrid Sedan  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)

RDX Crossover SUV  (Source: Tiffany Kaiser, DailyTech)
Acura also showed off the 2013 RDX Crossover SUV

Acura unveiled two hybrids, the NSX and ILX, and its redesigned crossover SUV, the RDX, today at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The NSX is a sports car that was originally produced by Honda between 1990 and 2005. It featured an all-aluminum V6 gasoline engine with Honda's Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system, as well as a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

The NSX went on hiatus for a while since 2005, but Acura has now brought it back -- as a hybrid vehicle.

According to Acura, the NSX will offer the automaker's new Sports Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) technology, which consists of two electric engines that operate separately and generate either positive or negative torque to the front wheels during cornering. The system will support a mid-mounted direct injection VTEC V6 engine and will be combined with a dual clutch transmission with its own electric motor, bringing the grand total to three electric motors in the new NSX.

"This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura's idea to create synergy between man and machine," said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co. "The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.

"Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency. In this new era, even as we focus on the fun-to-drive spirit of NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities."

The NSX Hybrid will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio. It is expected to debut in the next three years, and will also make an appearance in the movie The Avengers, which will star Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. There is no word on price quite yet.

While the NSX stole the show, Acura had another hybrid that caught quite a bit of attention: the ILX Concept.

The Acura ILX Concept (which is just a thinly veiled version of what will his U.S. streets) will eventually be a new Acura luxury compact sedan. It will offer three separate powertrains, including Acura's first gas-electric hybrid. The entry-level model will feature a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine while the high-performance model will feature a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The hybrid edition features a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

The ILX will also have a load of features, such as a smart entry keyless access system, Pandora Internet radio, and a text messaging function.

"First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that's a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, Acura Design Studio head. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

The ILX is scheduled for release this Spring, and will be manufactured by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC.

Acura's third unveiling of the day was the 2013 RDX, which is the second generation of Acura's crossover SUV. It will also be released in Spring 2012, and will have a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 273 HP. It will also have a six-speed automatic transmission, a new lock-up torque converter, EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, and a lighter AWD system.

The RDX will receive perks like a three-view rear camera, a smart entry keyless access system, and a navigation system with a hard disc drive with 60 GB of storage capacity.

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By Agent 5 on 1/9/12, Rating: 0
By B166ER on 1/9/2012 11:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, what? That thing the future of the funk. But styling is completely subjective. I'm just hoping all that tech equals $90-100 g's worth of performance.

By Samus on 1/10/2012 6:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think they're all pretty nice. Acura has the nicest cars out of Japan in my opinion, but I really like some Mazda's (Speed3, RX8) too.

And of course the GT-R, styled right out of the 80's, is simple awesome.

By lagomorpha on 1/13/2012 3:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Acura has the nicest cars out of Japan in my opinion"

Or as it's known outside the United States, "Honda".

By michael67 on 1/10/2012 5:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
WOW>>>biggest waste of materials known to man. This crap will never be produced, so even build one?

Apparently you never driven a NSX, other wise you would not suds crap!

I own my self a +550HP R33 Skyline and Jaguar v12 XJS, both after my full restoration and tuning, are now in mint condition, and I tried to trade them both in for a NSX a friend of my owns, ofc no deal. ^_^

If the new NSX is anything like the old one, i would seriously consider buying one, if they go for around a $100k.

They are still soled for between $20k and $60k.
Check on eBay or so, good luck finding one under $20k going price!

A reaction like your makes it very obvious that you know crap about real sports cars, and no love for them. o_0

By Biff0rz on 1/10/12, Rating: 0
By hpram99 on 1/10/2012 6:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
If you're referring to the $300k+ exotics, then sure, we could have that argument all the way up to the $1m cars.

I haven't had the rare opportunity to drive any of the Skyline GT-R's, although I did seriously look in to importing one ($100k for R34) but it required a second mortgage as no bank would loan money for car without a VIN.

Anyway, I could agree, the NSX had some very unique handling characteristics, you had a hard time comparing it to other cars. Was by far the most impressive, successfully making fun fully comfortable without much compromise.

I miss mine dearly, and browse eBay every month for a replacement..

By michael67 on 1/10/2012 10:27:06 PM , Rating: 1
You sir, do not know what a real sports car is either.

Sure the Jag is not a sports car but a real nice classic sports sedan, with imho best lines ever, and is perfect to cruse the Autobahn with 150 miles/h.

But the R33 eats Porsche's, M3s and Ferrari's that cost up to 2x or 3x as mouths for breakfast, and i don't mean in a strait line only.

And i am not even claiming eider one of them are real sport cars, tho the R33 is getting close to one, and is the best i can afford/wiling to pay! (mine was inc tuning totally $35K)
And 550HP is a lot for a 1.4T weighting car, and dose 0 to 60 under 5sec

But i do say, anyone claiming that a NSX is not a real sports car, knows shit a bout sport cars!

But then again, if i following your logic, then the guys from Top Gear also know shit about sport/super-cars. ^_^

The Honda NSX is back. And just like the original this is not just a sledgehammer supercar clone, but a fascinating, intriguing contemporary take on the genre.

So .... if i do not know what a real sports car is, then for sure you know even less.

By bebimbap on 1/10/2012 8:02:17 AM , Rating: 2
John won't buy your product till you put it in front of him and ask do you want to buy it John? Of course John starts to say no knowing the $200,000 price tag, but then he notices the hot chick in front of it and though he is mentally saying no and telling his mouth to say no, his other brain intervenes and the word that comes out of his mouth is yes.

Since someone will buy one and profit from it, why not make it?

By inperfectdarkness on 1/10/2012 9:47:59 AM , Rating: 2
problem looks like crap compared to the HSC concept they had 9 years ago.

Good to see....
By EasyC on 1/10/2012 6:19:11 AM , Rating: 2
Acura is keeping up the NSX lineage of being ugly and severely underpowered for the price tag. Maybe they will keep this model for 10 years too.


RE: Good to see....
By Biff0rz on 1/10/2012 11:07:46 AM , Rating: 2
Acura is keeping up the NSX lineage of being ugly and severely underpowered for the price tag. Maybe they will keep this model for 10 years too. *Yawn*

Agreed. At that price point who exactly are they trying to compete with? and will fail at doing so.

NSX is...
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/9/2012 6:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
HOT! Wow that's pretty!

I wish
By Keeir on 1/9/2012 7:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
I wish Acura would make a competitive offering in the near-luxury area. That IXL concept is a joke. Its better than a rebadge Civic that the CSX is... but still has the aweful styling that has pushed Acura's marketshare down down down in NA. Its still a Front-Wheel Drive Car with an outdated powertrain. Meh

Sorry Honda
By nofumble62 on 1/10/2012 1:04:30 AM , Rating: 2
The Camry Hybrid has more power and better fuel economy for sure.

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