Acura delays production of NSX successor to Spring 2016, cites development issues

What feels like dozens of concepts and promises of greatness later, Honda is ready to produce its 2016 Acura NSX … or, rather, it was, until the Japanese automaker was forced to delay manufacturing until the spring of 2016.

Due to a change in engine layout during development, Acura has announced the NSX successor will go on sale as a 2017 model. The production version was original revealed at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show with a production quote of fall 2015; the sports car will be assembled at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio.

As a refresher, the 2016 (now 2017) NSX will use a hybrid powertrain, pairing a twin-turbocharged V6 with three electric motors for all-wheel drive performance. The hybrid system will be paired with a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Official power figures have yet to be announced but it’s estimated the new NSX will develop about 550 horsepower.

To keep the center of gravity low, the NSX uses a dry-sump oil system and compact valvetrain for lower engine mounting. One of the electric motors is placed between the engine and gearbox to improve acceleration, braking, and faster shifting. The other two motors are mounted at opposite ends of the NSX’s front axle, driving each wheel for “instantaneous torque” and torque vectoring.

Also on board are four driving modes, including Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus, and Track.

“We are looking to do more than chase numbers on paper,” said Acura NSX chief engineer Ted Klaus, referencing the successor. “As with the original NSX we won’t have the most powerful car in the category, for instance, but we believe the human element is more important than that. Whatever we do, the driver must be at the centre of the experience, not the car.”

That all sounds promising, but while the Acura NSX sorts out its engineering feats, the rest of the performance vehicle market is heating up, and the NSX’s high-tech powertrain and construction may be far less novel by the time it goes on sale. At least it looks phenomenal!

Product Review

The Supra is back, baby! And this time it has BMW in its DNA

The Toyota Supra makes a triumphant return as a joint project with BMW, to the delights o driving enthusiasts, racing fans, and aftermarket tuners alike. We were among the first group of lucky individuals to give it a proper spin.
Cars

Ford gears up to build rugged, capable hybrid trucks and SUVs

Ford is planning to put hybrid powertrains into big trucks and SUVs, and doesn't want to sacrifice things like towing capacity and off-road capability. A new hybrid system may help do that.
Cars

Hyundai invests $90M in Croatian startup Rimac to build an electric super-hatch

Croatian startup Rimac is attracting the attention and money of big-name automakers. After taking an investment from Porsche, it has announced it will help Hyundai develop an electric super-hatch and a high-performance hydrogen-powered car.
Cars

This futuristic concept car shows how Citroen envisions road-tripping in 2119

Paris-based Citroen is celebrating its 100th birthday by looking at what the next 100 years have in store. The company unveiled a concept car named 19_19 that explores how road-tripping might change in the coming decades.
Cars

The recently revealed McLaren GT is a road trip-ready supercar

This is the first-ever McLaren built exclusively for the road and not the racetrack.
Cars

Tesla’s recent Model S fires prompt the company to update its battery software

Following three Model S incidents where the cars caught fire while parked, Tesla has started pushing out an update for Model S and Model X batteries to improve their safety. The company is still investigating the cause of the fires.
Cars

Six advanced tech features that make off-road driving easy

It wasn’t too long ago that driving off-road required serious skills and a lot of equipment. Thanks to technology, any family crossover SUV can hit the trail today and have a good chance of coming back in one piece.
Cars

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra keeps an eye on the road even if you’re not looking

Hyundai has again updated the Elantra, one of its most popular and most affordable models. For the 2020 model year, the Elantra receives standard driving aids like lane-keeping assist and forward collision warning.
Product Review

The 2019 Ford Mustang GT 350 finally has the grip to (almost) tame its V8

Four years after its debut, the standard GT350 finally gets the suspension and tire package it always needed. While evolutionary rather than revolutionary, Ford’s update takes the Shelby’s track prowess and fun factor to a new level.
Cars

Lamborghini’s ST-X will likely spawn a super-Urus with the soul of a race car

Lamborghini is taking the Urus racing in 2020. The racing version will be lighter than the production model it's based on, and we expect it will be a good deal quicker. It is also trickling into a performance version of the Urus.
Cars

Volvo’s new app walks you through what to do after an accident

Volvo's Accident Advisor sends information on what to do after an accident directly to a driver's smartphone. Drivers can also use it to notify their insurance companies and find a repair shop.
Cars

Aston Martin will revive James Bond’s DB5 at a price only Goldfinger can afford

Aston Martin will build 25 new versions of the DB5 from the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, complete with gadgets. These "continuation cars" will cost millions of dollars, but won't be road legal.
Cars

Hyundai wants to make sure you’re seeing the outside world, not inhaling it

Hyundai is developing an intelligent air purification system for its cars that continuously monitors the quality of the air inside the cabin, and cleans it when it detects the presence of harmful particulates.
Cars

Nissan claims its upgraded ProPilot system enables hands-off highway driving

Nissan is launching a new version of its ProPilot Assist system that's much smarter than the current version. It can handle acceleration, braking, and steering on highways, while using a camera to ensure the driver doesn't fall asleep.