2016 Acura NSX Introduced: Supercar Worth Waiting For

The 2016 Acura NSX, one of the long-awaited vehicles, has finally been introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. It revived the NSX nameplate, but the 2016 NSX doesn’t have many things in common with the predecessor whose name it inherited. Aside from the mid-engine layout and probably some gentle styling hints, the new supercar is totally different.

As you probably know, since there were numerous articles about the 2016 Acura NSX, this car has an internal combustion engine and three electric motors that all work together to provide amazing performance. The turbocharged longitudinally-mounted engine has 75-degree V6 configuration. This could perhaps be an appropriate memento of the V6 that motivated the first-gen NSX, but that engine had 90-degree angle.

2016 Acura NSX Exterior NAIAS

2016 Acura NSX Bodywork

But the engine isn’t the only thing that’s important. The 2016 Acura NSX is a whole package. It doesn’t have just an amazing performance. It doesn’t require any sacrifice. The 2016 NSX has been developed under the premise of a “human-centered supercar”. They tried to make the technology work for the driver.

“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”

2016 NSX Hybrid Supercar Premiere

There’s no reason to argue why the 2016 NSX is a beautiful car, it’s obvious. Its curves and lines are just mesmerizing. But they made it like that in order to allow the air to swimmingly flow around the car’s body, to provide suitable amount of downforce and to cool the mid-mounted engine captured by air intakes.

2016 Acura NSX Supercar Hybrid

The 2016 Acura NSX has a new space frame design. While the internal frame is made of aluminum, ultra-high-strength steel and other materials, the floor is made of carbon fiber. Under the floor, they placed the battery pack. It’s located at the center tunnel and behind the seats, providing necessary stability and lowered gravity center.

2016 NSX Interior Side Shot

Interior Design

Inside the supercar, you’ll find that everything’s been made with the driver in mind. All the details, from the seats to the steering wheel are shaped so the car can be complementary to the driver.

“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

2016 Acura NSX Interior Steering Wheel

At the instrument cluster, the 2016 NSX has a dynamic TFT display which is connected to the Integrated Dynamics System. At the center console, there’s the Power button which prepares the sport hybrid powertrain. The handcrafted leather dashboard and the surprisingly thing A-pillars were developed with intention to improve the drivers field of vision.

2016 Acura NSX Powertrain

2016 Acura NSX Powertrain

The 2016 Acura NSX utilizes the hybrid powertrain which, as we already said, consists of a turbocharged V6 internal combustion engine and three electric motors. The engine is paired with an in-house nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2016 Acura NSX Hybrid Powertrain

Between the engine and the transmission, the automaker nested rear direct-drive electric motor and said that it’s used to support acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The front wheels have independent electric motors which are the main reason why the 2016 NSX instantly delivers torque.

Needless to say, the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, improves the powertrain in a way that it becomes more intelligent and intuitive.

Production 2016 Acura NSX Exterior

Integrated Dynamic System

The 2016 Acura NSX comes with the Integrated Dynamic System that offers four different drive modes. There are: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. Quiet mode is, actually, an all-electric mode used for short distances at lower speeds; the other modes are more dynamic. The NSX’s performance becomes more and more aggressive when you switch from Sport, via Sport+ to Track mode. Naturally, Track mode is what inspires the 2016 NSX to show the most of its capabilities.

2016 Acura NSX Rear View

2016 Acura NSX Price and Release

The order books will be open this summer. At the moment, they can’t give precise information about the 2016 Acura NSX price, but the estimate is that the supercar is going to cost around $150,000. The first units will be delivered to the customers late this year.

Photos: Acura

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