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Detroit Motor Show 2013: Honda NSX Concept

Almost a production ready NSX?...

Honda has launched an updated version of the NSX Concept at the Detroit Motor Show. Shown again under the American Acura brand (Honda’s version of Toyota’s Lexus), the updated concept features many tweaks that show a car almost ready for production.

The styling has been changed subtly, but apparently every body panel is new over the concept shown last year – the changes may be very small but when you look at them side by side you notice that all the shapes and details are there, just subtly altered for a more production-ready look. There’s still more than a passing resemblance to the Audi R8 in the shape, with the low nose, sculpted wings and side profile, but they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

The wing mirrors have now got a more useful shape and there are grilles in the air intakes, all of which points to this being a much more finished product. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if the production car is identical to this concept.

Another hint is that this concept has a new interior that could be in production right now. Yes it looks futuristic and sporty, but the high centre console, large touch screen infotainment system and driver-focused binnacle all flow together to form a great looking place to sit.

The NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted V6 coupled to an electric motor to power the rear wheels, and two electric motors will power the front wheels, meaning that the new supercar will be a Hybrid. Power should be around the 400 bhp mark. What we really want though, is a stripped out, non-Hybrid Type-R model that would rival a Porsche 911 GT3...

The NSX is due to go on sale in 2015.

Images courtesy of Honda

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more