Acura Officially Confirms Next Generation NSX Hybrid, ILX Hybrid Sedan
December 12, 2011 7:36 AM
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Acura NSX concept as seen in the upcoming "Avengers" movie.
Honda to deliver long awaited-NSX successor
It's likely that many enthusiasts thought this day would never come. The NSX has been long gone from Acura lineup and other vehicles aimed at enthusiasts like the Acura Integra, Honda Prelude, and Honda S2000
have been axed over the years
. But Honda is now looking for a bit of redemption and announced that it will unveil a concept version of the next generation NSX at the Detroit Auto Show.
Although Honda isn't yet revealing powertrain details,
Car and Driver
states that a mid-mounted V6 engine that is paired with a hybrid system will power the new NSX. The gasoline engine will power the power the rear wheels, while an electric motor will be mounted at each front wheel. Honda is said to have developed a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for the new NSX.
Honda’s 3.7-liter V6 is good for at least 300hp by itself, so we’re hoping to see more than 400hp when the electric motors are taken into account.
As for the styling of the vehicle, Car and Driver says that the new NSX will feature styling similar to Tony's Starks vehicle of choice in the new
In other news, Acura also confirmed that it would debut the ILX concept sedan in January. The ILX will based on the current generation Honda Civic platform, and will offer a choice of a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. It will also be made available with the Civic's hyrid powertrain paired with a CVT.
The ILX will do battle in the U.S. with the Lexus HS 250h, Lexus CT 200h, and the BMW 1-Series in the luxury market. Hopefully, however, the ILX will see its sales mirror the CT 200h instead of the laggard HS 250h. The base configuration will be priced "well below $30,000" according to
"Acura has a steady cadence of exciting new models coming to market and it will all begin in Detroit," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales and service.
"From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility."
Honda last teased enthusiasts with its
, which is an all-electric, RWD roadster.
Car and Driver
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RE: Who cares how many cylinders it has?
12/12/2011 1:19:56 PM
Your nitpicking indicates you're not listening to what I'm saying. I'm not arbitrarily saying more cylinders equals better performance. My point is that Acura/Honda's traditional conservative approach, whether it's a lack of V-8 engines, etc. is holding them back from competing with the big boys. Case in point, they dropped the RSX coupe and moved the TSX up in its place as the entry-level model in hopes of competing against the BMW 3-Series. Seriously? Do you honestly think the front-wheel drive (aka European Honda Accord in a gold package) 4-cylinder (now it has a V-6 option) TSX can has a chance against the BMW 328/335/M3?
RE: Who cares how many cylinders it has?
12/12/2011 2:24:57 PM
Before it got ugly with the usual Acura redesign the TSX was actually pretty amazing and sold well. No one in their right mind would buy one over a 335i for the same price, but it was actually $10,000-15,000 cheaper, which made a lot of sense. At $28,000-30,000 with leather and sunroof the TSX is being cross shopped more versus upmarket Accords and Altimas than BMWs, and is perfect for a person who wants a luxury name, nice interior, and good drive but who doesn't need a lot of space or power.
Now I'm still bitter there was never a 1st-gen body 260hp AWD turbo model to be a grownup's EVO... :(
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