We spotted a trio of Acura's new hybrid supercar in the sun at the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California.
On display at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California, we found a trio of Acura's new NSX hybrid supercars.
This isn't the first that we've seen of the NSX — Acura has shown many iterations of the concept over the years and bowed this production model at the 2015 Detroit Show — but it is the first time that I've seen the coupe in the sun.
During the transition from concept to reality, the NSX's design has been tweaked. The front end features enlarged intakes for its 10 discrete cooling systems.
The front wheels are driven by a pair of electric motors that kick in on-demand to give the NSX all-wheel drive.
Out back and displayed under glass is the NSX's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This is a totally new, race-inspired design that shares no parts with Acura/Honda's standard i-VTEC mill.
The gasoline engine is joined by a third electric motor on the rear axle. Total system power is still a guarded number, but speculation puts the NSX at over 550 ponies.
The hybrid super car is able to cruise at low speeds under full electric power, but it's small lithium ion battery pack keeps the EV range low.
In addition to this Quiet mode, the NSX features Sport, Sport-Plus, and Track settings, stepping up the performance with each tick.
The new NSX is wider than the original model from the 90s, but not much longer. It's wheelbase has grown by 3.9-inches, but the overall length is less than a 2-inch stretch.
High strength steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber are used extensively in the NSX's construction to keep the chassis stiff and the weight down. Still the coupe is rumored to weigh around 3,600 pounds.
The NSX carries its weight low with a center of gravity that is said to be more than an inch lower than the original "New Sportscar eXperience."
Where the original model's engine sat sidesaddle, the new 3.5-liter V-6 is oriented longitudinally — its crankshaft oriented along the long axis of the vehicle, front-to-back.
The new NSX is supposed to go on sale later this year, but rumblings around the internet point to a potential delay and a possible 2017 model year designation.
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