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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It kind of doesn't matter to me if the price is in the "accessible" realm unless that was $45,000 and not $90,000. People who want all-around performance and can spend $50,000 can buy a Corvette Z06. If they don't like that nameplate or the interior they can buy a Nissan GTR. Both of those cars have such amazing bang-for-the-buck quotients that there isn't too much room for an Acura to compete. You can try to go up market but you run into either impossibly cool (Aston V8 Vantage), impossibly fast (911 Turbo), or the combination of them (Audi R8).
I think Toyota actually did the right thing and didn't even try. They made their all-out LF-A knowing they would get zero sales considering the price, but they treated it like a marketing exercise.
Since flashy green folks can already drive a Tesla Roadster and impress their friends there is zero market for a $100,000 Acura with 400hp.
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