Honda’s high-line Acura brand has confirmed its intentions to launch a hybrid two-seater supercar concept at next month’s Detroit motor show, a model that will go into production as a spiritual successor to the Honda NSX.
The new NSX will opt for a decidedly different approach for a supercar, adopting a specially tuned version of the hybrid ‘Electric Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive’ system that the brand will offer in more mainstream models like the RL saloon and MDX crossover.
The goal is the “optimisation of styling, performance and efficiency,” according to Gary Evert, head of Honda’s U.S. R&D operations. Speaking to Autocar during a secret background viewing of the concept in Las Vegas earlier this month, he added: “We think this can be a real differentiator for the brand.”
The basic Electric Super Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system coming for the RL and MDX models will start off with a front-mounted 310bhp 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 paired with a 40bhp electric motor that will drive the front axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – Honda’s first. The rear axle will, in turn, feature twin 27bhp electric motors, one driving each wheel.