Back when the glitz and glam of Hollywood was visiting New York City to film The Avengers, the internet had an early look at the prototype Acura NSX roadster.
To be straightforward, it was a sleek, sexy, mid-engined convertible that reminded me a lot of the Audi R8 that Tony Stark was usually seen piloting.
Initially denied at first, Acura finally warmed up and let folks know that a new NSX was being developed. Today, finally, the cat's out of the bag and of course there are some intriguing surprises.
Take, for example, the fact the new NSX will be developed in Ohio, feature a V6 -- I guess we should have expected that after all these years -- and all-wheel drive will make an appearance. Here's the kicker: A new NSX should hit the market within THREE years.
Aside from those trivial details, we're curious about one factor: Does this live up to the original AND would you want to pick one of these up over another high-performance coupe?
Acura's press release follows:
Acura today announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that an all-new Acura NSX supercar will be manufactured in Ohio. In addition, the new sports car will be developed in the U.S., including the Ohio Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA).
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled a concept version of the Acura NSX today in Detroit. Although Acura is keeping most of the vehicle's details under wraps, the new NSX will employ a lightweight chassis, a mid-mounted V-6 engine and Acura's innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Ito said the new supercar will come to market within three years.
Along with unveiling the NSX concept, Ito announced that it will be built in Ohio. Honda plans to produce the new supercar near its current auto production operations in central Ohio at a unique, advanced manufacturing operation. The original Acura NSX was built at Honda plants in Japan from 1990 to 2005.
"Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship," said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda's North American manufacturing operations and president of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. "Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts."
A team from HRA Ohio Center will lead the continued design and development of the new vehicle. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., Honda R&D Americas has major research and vehicle development operations in the Raymond, Ohio center, where much of the work on the NSX will take place.
"We have a rich history of creating innovative new products for our customers in the U.S. and in markets around the world," said Hiroshi Takemura, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "The responsibility to develop the all-new Acura NSX demonstrates the maturity of our organization, the know-how of our associates and their ability to create an advanced and innovative supercar."
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