Rumored ever since the first-generation model was discontinued in 2005, the new Acura NSX made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show after many delays. But, the wait was definitely worth it. Designed to modern standards with an aggressive exterior and sporty, yet classy interior, the second-gen NSX received a state-of-the-art drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine, three electric motors, and a nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Built almost entirely from lightweight materials, the NSX is both a high-profile sports car and a full-fledged track toy for speedy weekends at the track.
So, what’s different inside this NSX-like EV? Like the all-electric Honda CR-Z that Yamano drove up Pikes Peak last year – winning the Challenge Exhibition class with a time of 10:23.829 – the NSX-inspired EV uses two Twin Motor Units (TMU) from the company’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain. Each axle has a TMU and that means that the car, “has achieved independent torque distribution to all four corners – true four-wheel torque vectoring,” according to Acura. That sounds nice, but the real test will be out in Colorado in just a few days.
“We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly,” says Yamano. “We’re honoured to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world.”
The NSX EV concept is built to take on the demanding Pikes Peak run, with its huge aero kit, including that gigantic rear wing. The Acura branding on the livery reflects Honda’s upmarket brand in the US, which Honda is selling the NSX under in that market.