|Redesigned RDX (left), NSX Concept (middle), ILX Concept (right)|
It’s been a rough year for Acura. The tsunami, floods in Thailand, and the competition of the North American manufacturers having a solid year. Acura brought the redesigned RDX and the entry-level luxury sedan ILX concept to the North American International Auto Show in 2012. The media snuck in some naps for the RDX and ILX presentations. We all knew why we were there and it wasn’t for those vehicles. The ILX concept is a Civic in an evening dress and the other is to make Soccer Moms feel superior to their mini-van counterparts. The shroud in the middle of the stage is what held my attention.
Takanobu Ito, President of Honda Motor Co., was on the engineering team for the original NSX 25 years ago as a much younger man. He has aged well and the original NSX is no longer in production. Honda has tried to restart the NSX a couple of times before and the concepts haven’t made it to production yet.
According to the video from Acura the electric motor is providing power to the front two wheels. The V6 is powering the rear wheels and providing most of the power and acceleration. The electric motor is there to improve the handling. The motor can provide power to the outside wheel, while using the inside one to preform regenerative braking, which helps charge the electric motor and turn the NSX into the corner with more precision.
“The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way,” said Takanobu Ito. When asked if this meant that the NSX would be able to read the thoughts of the driver and respond accordingly, Mr. Ito continued to walk away talking to the Japanese reporter who had been interviewing him. He might not have heard the question.
|Courtesy of Acura Motor Co.|