Honda teases production version of Acura NSX supercar

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

American Honda Motor Co. will show the production version of the Acura NSX supercar for the first time globally next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"The next generation NSX is going to deliver extreme supercar performance for the street and for the track," John Mendel, executive vice president of the automobile division for American Honda, told reporters in Detroit Tuesday. "And an all new engine made into a three-motor sport hybrid system truly delivers a new sports car experience."

Acura showed the NSX concept at the 2012 Detroit auto show where Honda Motor Co. Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito said the next-generation NSX would launch in three years.

The vehicle, which features a three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid powetrain, has been developed by engineers in Ohio and designers in California and will be built at a new plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Honda and Acura did not provide many details about the supercar, but they released a short teaser video. Mendel said the car would launch sometime in the second half of 2015. He told reporters the car is a thrill to drive and puts a smile on your face.

"The dynamics in the car are wonderful. It's kind of another worldly eperience when you drive the car," he said. "I think it will be as demonstrably different and groundbreaking as the original."

Fuel economy and pricing for the car will be revealed later, but Mendel answered "probably" when asked if the car's price tag will hit six figures.

Acura intends to use the vehicle as a halo car for the luxury brand. Sales volume is expected to be small.

"The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergized brand," Mike Accavitti, Acura senior vice president and general manager, said in a statement.

Acura will debut the NSX at 11:50 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Detroit auto show. Fans can watch the press conference live at

Honda also will debut the final concept for its next-generation fuel cell vehicle at the Detroit auto show. The next generation FCV will launch in the U.S. in 2016, Mendel said.

Honda will soon launch its new HR-V crossover, and Mendel said a new Honda Pilot SUV is coming in the spring and it is developing a new Ridgeline truck. For Acura, a refreshed ILX is coming with a new powertrain and Mendel said Acura in the coming months will release details about updates coming to the RDX and MDX. Honda also next year will launch new small displacement turbocharged engines.

"2015 is shaping to be a truly extraordinary year for our company," Mendel said.