New Honda NSX concept

15 Jan, 2013 6:10pm Jack Rix

A revised version of the Honda NSX concept has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, giving us our first glimpse of the interior design

The rebirth of the Honda NSX moved a step closer in Detroit today, with the unveil of an updated NSX concept. First revealed at the Detroit Motor Show last January, the previous show car was a solid styling model, whereas this latest prototype gives us our first look at the design direction for the interior.

Exterior styling has remained remarkably faithful to the razor-sharp 2012 concept, with the stunning flying buttresses and arrow-like nose carried over. The only obvious difference is a set of new alloy wheels featuring lightweight carbon fibre fins for improved aerodynamics.

"It's the next step in the NSX's design, this is more about the interior than the exterior," Jon Ikeda, head of Acura (Honda's American off-shoot) design, told us. "This is a supercar so it has to perform first and foremost, that means the design is constantly evolving, but this is the look we are aiming for."

On the inside Honda's designers have strived to create a "synergy between man and machine," by de-cluttering the dashboard and using a "simple sports interface." In other words the driver-focused cockpit is designed to minimise distractions and let the driver get on with driving. 

Honda was quick to point out that this was only one possible design direction for the NSX interior though, so we can expect more concepts to come before it goes on sale in two years time.

Honda is remaining quiet about performance targets for the NSX, but the layout of the power train is confirmed as mid-mounted direct-injection V6 driving the rear wheels, and two electric motors turning the front axle. That will give it four-wheel drive capability and a total output of around 400bhp.

As the NSX is a project being led by Honda America at its R&D centre in Los Angeles, California, the concept is again badged Acura - Honda's luxury US arm - although it will wear a Honda badge when it goes on sale in the UK. 

When it enters mass production in 2015, the new NSX will be manufactured at a new productions facility in central Ohio.

Disqus - noscript

If it looks even remotely like that in production i will eat my shoe.

I still prefer the HSV 010 to be the NSX looks better than this

I'm warming to it, but still not entirely convinced it's better than the HSV concept shown back in '02!
I see AM One-77 and 458 styling mimicked, and the interior is already behind the times compared to the 4th Gen Lexus GS' wide landscape display, and centre console button array of the Porsche Panamera and forthcoming Cayman S.
Doubt the wheels will see production as they are, and I don't follow the premiss of having carbon fibre attached to them.
If you're going to do it, do it properly like Koenigsegg has, or use magnesium, as a few 3rd party independent companies have managed to.

wheres the manual shifter?

I think it's wrong to look at it as the successor to the old nsx - that car was one of a kind, one of the pinnacles of a golden age of japanese sports cars. Alas, this isn't one for the purists. Heck, barely anything is, nowadays.

What I think it ought to be, though, is a new height of computerised automotive technology, so bristling with gizmos that one can honestly feel like they're in KITT. Not a car for the track because it d*mn near drives itself, but one hellofa gt. Nsx in name only, but pleasing because it embraces it's futurism.

That's the thing about virtually all modern performance cars - they tend to stack themselves with metrosexual 'driver aids' while still pretending to be 'sports'. A 'sports car', in my book is something you drive on tracks, against other people, where stability control only slows you down if you actualy know what you're doing. Anything else is just you posing, and the tech serves to help you if you can't actually drive properly. But a good gt, which is what I'd do with this if I were Honda, is all about posing...

Unless it has a mechanical tachometer and manual short-throw gearbox I am completely uninterested.

Agreed! Plus, this car looks like a conglomeration of other cars! I hate the front and rear scoops too. Doesn't the overall appearance look like the Camero from a distance!?

Looks like a Peugeot RCZ with some aggressive lines

You've got Americans designing a supercar? Really?? Wow! Bold, brave and bonkers. Unless it's going to be as cheap and functional as the fabled GT40...

It will "where" a Honda badge when it goes on sale in the UK? Where?? Seriously?!?!

Disgusting wheels

although it will where a Honda badge when it goes on sale in the UK.

Wear NOT where. Poor journalism and proof reading.

The first NSx humiliated ferrari and porsche. I wonder how mclaren is feeling at present ...

It would explain the styling... likening to the Civic style lighting, the Mazda 6 style swept lamps and the overal very... Lambo Sesto Elemento look.

Thing is, there is still is a huge hunger for an NSX, Supra and maybe spiritual Pulsar successor among the trackday and modding circles. The boy racer is not dead, he's just being strangled by a lack of new cars with strong chassis, common parts, and an engine with big potential.

That's like saying I look like a pacifist serial killer.

Looks very nice, But No way as amazing as the original NSX in its day

AEX 1337
For more breaking car news and reviews, subscribe to Auto Express - available as a weekly magazine and on your iPad. We'll give you 6 issues for £1 and a free gift!

Sponsored Links