Published on 19 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
A year after they unveiled the hybrid NSX at the 2012 Detroit Auto show, Acura returned to show a revised version of the mid-engine sports car. The company’s return confirms their commitment to producing the first NSX since production stopped on the original in 2005.
The exterior of the Acura hasn’t changed all that much over the course of the past 12 months, but the car shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show has a larger grille and a 3D version of the brand’s ‘shield’ logo on the bonnet. The front bumper has been altered to aid aerodynamic efficiency and a carbon fibre splitter has been added. New wheels and a few minor alterations to the bodywork also distinguish this year’s model.
The interior has been dramatically altered from the sparse cabin we saw last year. It’s closer to the spec we will see when the car reaches production. The full leather interior with carbon fibre lined centre console and suede trim will make this a comfortable place to sit. The layout offers great visibility for the low ride height and there are very few buttons to press to control the car as everything goes through the “Simple Sports Interface”.
Reports on a New Zealand website suggest that a right-hand drive version could be built. The car’s chief designer, Jon Ikeda said “I’m sure it will be sold in right-hand-drive markets - it’s a global car, that’s what we’re trying to do,” so there’s hope that the stunning revival of the NSX will make its way across the pond at some point, but probably only after it’s been rebranded as a Honda.