2013 Detroit Auto Show: Acura NSX Concept has us feeling all ’emotional’

The Acura NSX Concept has stirred up many an emotion within us. First we were excited. Then we were really excited. After a while we became frustrated, followed quickly by bouts of uncontrollable tantrums – we’re talking kid in a toy store here, folks. You see, Acura has been teasing the car for some time now, and despite its recent appearance in Super Bowl ads, movies,  the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and literally everywhere but our driveway,  we’re still a few years away from production. We suppose that’s OK though, as Acura recently lifted the NSX’s darkly-tinted veil, giving us a glimpse into the vehicles stylish innards and hybrid powertrain.

We’re already enamored with the NSX’s design: It’s a sleek, sexy, confident piece of sheetmetal, delivering everything we could possibly desire from Acura’s hybrid supercar. From the look of it, the NSX’s interior will borrow heavily from the exterior’s geometric design, with sharp lines dashing throughout the cockpit. The video below shows a cabin filled with dark maroon leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats. A large LCD screen can be seen atop a wide, scaling center console, accompanied by raised buttons corresponding to car’s  Drive, Park, and Reverse gears. Carbon fiber detailing, stitched suede headliners, and brushed steel brightwork round out the NSX’s stylish interior.

According to Acura’s press release, the configuration seen in the video is merely “one possible direction” the interior could go to highlight Acura’s “Human Support Cockpit” theme. We take that to mean this won’t be the final design, which makes sense given how clean and futuristic it looks. Still, Acura says the NSX Concept will feature what it calls a “Simple Sports Interface,” designed to minimize clutter and allow the driver to focus on the driving experience. And from what we’ve seen here, we’d be happy if even a fraction of the layout made it to production.

Last year, Acura announced its NSX Concept would be  powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system. We’ve already covered in detail Acura’s SH-AWD system in the 2013 TL, but what makes the NSX unique is that it will utilize an all-new three-motor hybrid system. Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD combines the drivetrain’s dynamic torque vectoring all-wheel drive with three electric motors: one integrated into the V6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels. Acura says the system delivers instant torque during cornering that should set it apart from current AWD systems.

Sadly, no word yet on when exactly the next-gen NSX will enter production, but we do know the hybrid supercar will be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio. For now, check out the brief video below and be sure to rifle through the NSX Concept photo gallery above.

Cars

Kia’s HabaNiro concept is an autonomous electric car that knows when you’re sad

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Kia HabaNiro concept is supposed to preview the future of the everyday car. That future will include artificial intelligence tech that can read the driver's emotions, according to Kia.
Cars

With drift mode, Kia’s Stinger GTS lets you unleash your inner hooligan

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the limited-edition Kia Stinger GTS gets a trick all-wheel drive system that should enable plenty of sideways action. But only 800 buyers will get to try it.
Cars

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition is an ordinary sedan built in a supercar factory

What's so special about the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition? It's built at the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center, the Ohio factory that makes the NSX supercar. The TLX PMC Edition debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
Cars

Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that’s coming to the U.S.

The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be marketed in the United States by California-based Mullen Technologies. The carbon-fiber bodied, 402-horsepower K50 is expected to go on sale in 2020.
Cars

Technology trickles down from above to make the new 2019 Audi Q3 smarter

The redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 makes its U.S. debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The firm's smallest SUV receives tech features like a virtual cockpit and a single screen variant of MMI Touch Response from bigger models.
Cars

Mercedes-Benz gives the tech-savvy 2020 CLA more power at New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation CLA during CES 2019, and it will expand the lineup when it unveils a midrange model named CLA 35 at the upcoming 2019 New York Auto Show.
Cars

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Cars

More tech and more space make the Mercedes-Benz GLS the S-Class of the SUV world

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The company's biggest and most luxurious SUV gains more tech features in its quest to become the S-Class of the SUV world.
Cars

Would you buy the Tarok compact pickup truck? Volkswagen wants to know

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck concept will make its United States debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The truck first appeared at the 2018 Sao Paulo Auto Show, and VW wants to see what U.S. buyers think of it.
Cars

Sick of civilization? Volkswagen’s Atlas Basecamp concept lets you get away

Volkswagen revealed the Atlas Basecamp concept ahead of its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Built for overlanding, this family-hauler was upgraded jointly by Volkswagen and aftermarket manufacturers.
Cars

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo sheds weight, uses racing tricks to stay sharp

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo isn't dramatically different from the 2019 model, but Nissan made changes where it counts. The updated GT-R Nismo is lighter and offers better aerodynamic performance, according to Nissan.
Cars

Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower

Nikola Motor is taking reservations for the NZT, a high-performance, all-electric off-highway vehicle (OHV). The $80,000 NZT has 590 horsepower, 775 foot-pounds of torque, and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds.
Cars

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.
Cars

21 charged in Chicago carsharing heist; 100+ cars stolen, many still missing

More than 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles belonging to carsharing service Car2Go were stolen in Chicago. Police are still working to recover all of the cars, which are equipped with GPS, and 21 people have been charged.