A month before Acura will reveal the 2012 NSX Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, a select number of journalists and dealers were allowed to view it. Also on display was the TSX replacement, . No photos were allowed. Only my bad sketches and notes could leave the room. Photos of the concept NSX will be racing along the information highway shortly after the car's unveiling January 10th.
Surprisingly, after the viewing, when I did a Google search for "Acura NSX spy photos," there was one that actually looked like the car I'd just seen. Apparently Tony Stark will be driving a convertible version of the NSX concept in the upcoming Avengers movie. The concept to be shown in Detroit is dark silver and black. It's not vibrant and flashy. And it's not simply a mid-engine sports coupe. Instead it's an all-wheel-drive hybrid, one wearing an SH-AWD badge on its rear decklid. Specifications will have to wait, as will final designs, but I can point to a few details that should make production, aside from its overall shape. This includes flying-buttress B-pillars, carbon-ceramic brake rotors and 255/35ZR-19 front, 275/30ZR-20 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
It's small and swoopy, with just two seats. Where will it fit in the world of supercars and other exotics? The first NSX had a moderately powerful transversely-mounted V-6 while others at the time had turbochargers or extra displacement. This time around, the performance of the NSX will be improved via an electrically driven front axle and a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. Clearly this new all-wheel-drive NSX is not a conventional supercar; in fact, in many ways, it resembles the BMW i8 Vision Dynamics concept.
If anyone is wondering what has happened to the front-engine NSV—the V-10-powered, luxury sports car—it has been replaced by the NSX concept. Let's hope that when it reaches production, we'll see a lot of red, yellow and white paint. Dark silver just doesn't do it justice.