Nsx: a Glimpse of Where Acura is Headed

by : Correy Putton

One of the startling cars displayed at the 2007 North American International Auto Show is Acura's NSX, a V-10 powered Advanced Sports Car concept from the automaker. The strikingly designed concept gives enthusiast the glimpse of where Acura is headed.

"NSX" is an acronym for "New Sportscar eXperimental." The car was formerly introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989 and at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1989. Now, with the new concept, Honda summed up the excellent features of its previous cars and entertained breakthroughs to come up with a stunning car in NSX concept.

NSX Advanced Sports Car showcases exotic design that marked a milestone for Acura's style. According to the automaker, NSX is headed towards a new level of styling that will form part of Acura's forthcoming lineup. integrated in the concept follows a unique engineering that complements its powerful performance. The concept car also boasts of its V-10 engine that makes it more powerful than other vehicles in the clan. In addition, it is also equipped with rear-wheel-drive based version of the exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)).

The exterior of the NSX Advanced Sports Car flaunts a dynamic fusion of passion and sophisticated auto technology. Its hood features deeply sculpted lines and embossed air vents, both of which hint at the potent engine beneath. To evoke movement and power, exterior lines run the length of the car's body, creating a flowing effect from the front headlights to the rear wheel arches.

"Our intention was to design an exotic sports car that gracefully combines advanced technology and strong emotion," said Jon Ikeda, principal designer, Acura Design Center. "The technical, machined surfaces and keen-edge design are balanced with sweeping curves and dramatic lines, all of which results in the ultimate exotic sports car."

Acura NSX Advanced Sports Car retains the gentle cues of the NSX, its predecessor. In addition, the car also features slim LED headlights that were made wider to imitate striking pop-up headlights from the first generation NSX. The wraparound rear taillights and the all black cockpit are all part of Acura's new styling.

The car is also accentuated by performance tires mounted to polished aluminum wheels. To accent the wheels, Honda used ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs and eight-piston calipers. To emphasize aggressive design, bold wheel arches and flares were added to the car. Other styling hints are influenced by modernism. It is resorted to by the automaker to boost its elegance and overall aura. To boost the car's interior design, the automaker constructed the cabin in tinted glass. The door handles, same with the cabin, is also flush mounted. Said design move paved way for a fresh, clean and aerodynamic look.

"The Acura brand will always be a home for people who love to drive," said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "As we advance toward building a car like this, I can tell you it will feature advanced technology matching our passion for performance."