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Acura will show three new vehicles during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, including a highly anticipated concept version of the next generation sports car. Also set to debut is a new compact sports sedan, the Acura ILX Concept, along with a refreshed RDX crossover vehicle.
But it's the next-gen NSX concept that's certain to get enthusiasts running to Acura's show-stand in Detroit. Introduced in 1990, the original NSX was fine-tuned by F1 legend Ayrton Senna and featured a sophisticated V-6 engine with variable valve timing and lift control. Sharp handling, clever engineering and rock-solid reliability earned this mid-engine sports car a loyal following before sales stopped in 2005.
We've been teased with before. The 2007 Acura Advanced Sports Coupe and (Honda Sports Coupe) offered an all-too-rate glimpse into what the next NSX might look like. Rumors indicatethe new model will retain a mid-engine layout, though a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel-drive system could make their way into an NSX for the first time.
A hybrid engine will also play an important role in the Acura ILX Concept, a luxury compact sedan based on the current Honda Civic. Acura says a production version of the ILX will serve as the "gateway to the Acura lineup," thanks to a starting price estimated to fall significantly below $30,000. A range of gasoline-powered 4-cylinder engines and choice of 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission will round off the range.
The refreshed RDX is also based on a Honda product, this time the recently updated CR-V sport-utility. Acura has decided to put some distance between the `lesser' SUV by making a powerful V-6 engine standard in the 2013 RDX. A turbocharged 4-cylinder had served as the RDX powerplant until now. Sales begin in the spring.
All three vehicles will be introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show during the media preview on January 9, 2012.