By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014 @ 11:45 am
 
Acura has published four dark teaser images to announce that the long-awaited 2016 NSX will make its world debut next month at the Detroit Motor Show.
Unsurprisingly, the teaser shots hint that Acura's next sports car wears a sleek, low-slung design that is heavily inspired by the NSX Concept that was presented at the 2012 edition of the Detroit Show. Inside, the coupe will feature excellent visibility while a "Simple Sports Interface" will keep button clutter to a minimum and let the driver focus on the road ahead.

Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD system
The Acura NSX will make use of Acura's Sport-Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, which teams a mid-mounted VTEC V6 engine with a trio of electric motors - one integrated into the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and two mounted at the front wheels.

The V6 and the gearbox-mounted electric motor will power the rear wheels, while the other two electric motors will motivate the front wheels and be able to add or dial back torque as needed for optimal grip and performance.

Precise technical details remains scarce, but the latest rumors indicate the NSX will use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V6 and boast a system output of about 500 horsepower.

Athough the car will certainly use less fuel than most similarly-powered cars, its eco-friendly credentials aren't likely to please the typical hybrid crowd. Still, Honda's CEO says that the NSX represents the future of performance under the Acura banner, a move that should allow it to comply with emissions and economy standards while still delivering track-inspired driving dynamics.

"Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, our intention is to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a supercar at the limit, because we are insistent about delivering on the synergy between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "Importantly, this will be true of all Acura vehicles moving forward."

The NSX was designed in the United States, and production will take place at Acura's new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.