DMV visits. Body work. Kate Upton calling me back. These are things that take forever. Also taking forever? Supercar lovers getting an actual, in-the-flesh look at the production 2015 NSX. But in less than a month, that’ll all change.
Honda’s been taking its sweet-assed time making the next-generation NSX, and fans of the iconic 1991-2005 models are dangerously blueballed. We haven’t seen this much Honda leg-humping since the VTEC.
The new NSX can be traced back to 2007. Honda/Acura debuted the "Advanced Sports Car Concept” at that year’s North American International Auto Show. It was a bit odd-looking, but it packed a V-10, a carbon-fiber underbody and wild tech-like carbon-ceramic discs with 8-piston calipers.
Development on the new NSX started in earnest around 2011, after which Honda presented a much more refined version of the concept. Supercar technology had seemingly changed overnight, which meant that the original concept’s V-10 engine got shelved in favor of a hybrid powertrain. And a few more highly publicized (and nearly identical) versions followed.
And now, in less than a month, we’ll finally get a look at the production model. The 2015 NSX will supposedly be powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6 with a three-motor hybrid system. Estimated power is around 500, and it was supposedly benchmarked with the Ferrari 458 and Corvette Z06 in mind. That power will probably be combined with lightweight body construction and an all-wheel drive system. Which, if true, should make this thing go like stink.
Count on a fantastically styled body replete with a beautiful mix of sharp angles, smooth curves and classy air intakes. And if the concept’s interior carries over, it will be a leather-and-carbon-fiber shrine to the perfect cockpit.
Here’s some corporate-speak from Acura: "After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. "We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”
The reveal is set to take place on Monday, January 12, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The wait could finally be over, but I’ll end with something Kate’s security team told me: Don’t hold your breath, buddy.
Some car companies keep us in the dark completely, like GM with the Camaro Z/28 reveal. Others tease us mercilessly for years, like Honda/Acura with the new NSX. Would you prefer to get occasional updates, or be surprised by something completely unexpected? Tell us in the comments.