Acura NSX supercar reborn as hybrid concept

This boldly designed all-wheel-drive hybrid reinvigorates the NSX. No wonder Tony Stark drives one in "The Avengers."

Sizzler: Acura's NSX concept was a showstopper at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show preview. Tim Hornyak/CNET

DETROIT--Honda unveiled a revamped version of its storied NSX supercar at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show today, taking the wraps off a greener, sleeker, and likely fiercer sports car that already has Hollywood bragging rights.

The NSX Hybrid Concept is powered by Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) technology, a direct-injection, mid-mounted V-6 engine, and dual-clutch transmission.

The all-wheel drive system can deliver instant negative or positive torque to the front wheels when rounding corners, according to the company.

Honda did not release many details of the concept, and it's unclear which motor powers which wheel set. It only promised that the NSX will create handling performance unmatched in AWD cars.

"In this new era, even as we focus on the fun-to-drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities," Honda President and CEO Takanobu Ito said in a release.

While this gorgeous beast is just a concept for now, it's close to production. The company said it will be developed by Honda R&D Americas, manufactured in Ohio, and will debut in the next three years.

Meanwhile, you can catch Tony Stark driving a convertible version in the upcoming film "The Avengers."

Check out more pics of the NSX Hybrid Concept in our photo gallery.

 

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