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Revealed: Acura NSX Concept Evolution - Detroit 2013

By KBB.com Editors on January 15, 2013 10:32 AM
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Representing the latest stage in its pre-production development cycle, the Acura NSX Concept Evolution showed its oh-so-subtly revised self in Detroit. Acura provided no specifics on any points of visual departure, with Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, prefacing the reveal by noting: "This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling." However, a closer inspection of the transitional NSX Concept's exterior shows a host of detail revamps on what really is a fundamentally unchanged package.

          See: Acura NSX Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Still fitted with the same potent Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system found in the original that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Show, the updated version of Acura's supercar-to-be does boast minor fascia modifications accompanied by the arrival of black honeycomb inserts in its grille and rear valence areas. Restyled taillamp lenses and a more finished rear diffuser plus the fitment of even less-attractive alloy wheels and a new paint job appear to round out this limited roster of modifications.

Of arguably more significance, the latest Acura NSX Concept exercise also sports a recast interior with elements that the design team is reportedly considering for the production model. Based on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme, it reflects Acura's directed focus on optimizing "the synergy between man and machine." In addition to improving external sightlines and the basic driving position, this redone interior introduces an intuitive "Simple Sports Interface" that minimizes interior clutter and allows the person behind the wheel to remain more directly involved with the job at hand.

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"Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, our intention is to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a super car at the limit, because we are insistent about delivering on the synergy between man and machine," said Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "Importantly, this will be true of all Acura vehicles moving forward."

Given that a production version of the Acura NSX remains about two years off, we suspect this is only the first in a number of NSX Concept evolutions we'll see before the car finally does arrive in showrooms.

 

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