The Acura NSX supercar enters sharper focus

As Dan Carney wrote on the first day of press previews for the 2013 Detroit auto show, Honda and its luxury division, Acura, remain mum on product details until they are good and ready to share them.

In keeping with this practice, Acura used its time here to offer a further glimpse of the NSX supercar, which it plans – yes, plans – to launch in coming years.

“As we move toward the production NSX, our goal is to achieve a more emotional experience,” said Acura chief designer Jon Ikeda during the brand’s press conference on Tuesday.

Ikeda emphasised refinement and the synergy of man and machine as touchstones of the NSX development process. Having broken cover at the 2012 Detroit auto show and secured a cameo appearance in The Avengers film last year, the NSX concept that emerged on Tuesday had grown darker, cast in a deep metallic grey. It features Honda’s first stab at an interior – and it looks every bit as bespoke as that of the $250,000 McLaren MP4-12C supercar, with liberal application of carbon fibre and rich red leather. 

Powertrain details are still being held close, but Acura has indicated that the NSX successor would feature a mid-mounted engine as part of a hybrid powertrain that sends power to all four wheels.

On the sales-volume end of the spectrum, Acura also displayed the MDX Prototype, appearing all but ready to enter production. The concept maintains the same profile as the current MDX sport crossover, reserving most of its advances to the engineers. The MDX will feature an advanced 3.5-litre, direct-injected V6 engine, and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The eventual MDX production vehicle will begin sales in the US by mid-year, the brand said, at a price to be announced.