This yr marks the tip of the Acura NSX as we all know it. Its swan tune, the 600-horsepower 2022 Kind S, noticed solely 300 made for the U.S. market, and all of them bought out in 24 hours. It is barely disappeared over the horizon, however Acura’s V.P. and model officer is already previewing the NSX’s third act.
Talking with Nikkei Asia, Jon Ikeda was requested whether or not a 3rd technology NSX was forthcoming. “I’d guess on it,” he stated. Ikeda additionally predicted that if the wager lands in his favor, “it will be [all-]electrical.” This falls according to statements Ikeda made a yr in the past. On the time, he defined that the NSX emerges when mother or father firm Honda desires to make an announcement: The primary technology was Honda’s imaginative and prescient for an F1-derived petrol-powered supercar; the second technology arrived as an inexpensive hybrid halo automobile within the age of gasoline-electrics. He did not elaborate on the third technology’s powertrain again then, however this time Ikeda was extra adamant about electrical energy.
A part of Ikeda’s certainty, the article states, comes from international CEO Toshihiro Mibe’s dedication to affect Honda’s lineup. Quickly after taking the highest job in April 2021, Mibe introduced plans to transform Honda’s total lineup to EVs and hydrogen gas cell automobiles by 2040.
As for what sort of automobile an electrical NSX could be, Ikeda has some concepts. “It will not be nearly straight strains,” he informed Nikkei Asia. Blistering acceleration is already widespread within the electrical supercar world, so Acura would wish to deliver one thing novel to the desk. Ikeda desires the NSX to be a technological showcase for final dealing with as nicely, one thing the outgoing NSX did with its driver-focused Tremendous Dealing with AWD system.
We have lengthy bemoaned how the brand new breed of electrified supercars have unimaginable specs on paper, however in some way do not feel as participating to drive. That is a distinct segment Acura may fill.
Within the typically contentious give and take between American Honda and Honda Motor’s engineering departments, the Japan mothership tends to win out. Nevertheless, lately Honda barely sells something past kei vehicles in Japan. It is as much as leaders like Ikeda and people who perceive the U.S. market to pull the corporate towards the performance-minded engineering philosophies Outdated Man Soichiro based his enterprise on.