From the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Acura Canada’s Emile Korkor introduces the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype and some of its innovative new features. Emile mentions the 2014 Acura MDX clocked a time 8 seconds faster than the current MDX, and will still deliver improved overall fuel economy. Though not specified, we can assume he is referring to its Nürburgring track time, where both the 2nd generation and the new 3rd generation MDX have spent time in development.
After making a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, the globetrotting NSX Concept had landed in Toronto this week to make its Canadian debut at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show. It brought some added hype for Acura, anticipating some of that extra attention would carry over to the all-new 2013 Acura ILX and RDX. Acura Canada released a video today, with Sr. Product Planner Emile Korkor introducing the new models and the NSX Concept:
The actual NSX Concept unveiling is shown below, captured in a YouTube video from MOTRface.com.
See the Acura lineup at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto which runs from February 17 – 26.
Official release from hondanews.ca:
Acura Unveils NSX Concept, All-New 2013 Acura ILX Sedan and Re-designed 2013 Acura RDX at Canadian International Auto Show
TORONTO (February 16, 2012) – Today, Acura unveiled three new vehicles that are central to the future direction of Acura. The NSX Concept, a first glimpse at the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar, made its Canadian debut alongside the all-new ILX luxury compact sedan, designed as the new “gateway” to the Acura brand for consumers interested in moving up from mass-market vehicles. These two “bookends” of the Acura brand were joined by the totally redesigned 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle.
“Today is an important day for Acura in Canada,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada. “We are introducing two vehicles that will have an immediate impact on the luxury market this spring and one that will redefine what a supercar is. With beautiful designs and innovative technology that will improve the driving experience for everyone, I’m proud to introduce the vehicles that will be the foundation of our next 25 years in Canada.”
About the Acura NSX Concept
The dynamically styled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from Acura. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies for Acura, including a new, innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.
Utilizing a unique two Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Acura anticipates the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, a powerful next-generation VTEC® V-6 engine with direct injection works in concert with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding fuel efficiency.
“The new NSX Concept is the ultimate expression of Acura’s vision to create a true synergy between driver and machine,” said Mr. Chenkin. “With innovative technologies like the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the NSX will make the driver at one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”
While most supercars opt for brute force delivered from a large engine, the NSX Concept champions the true racing philosophy of an extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio.
“Like the original NSX, we will once again achieve high performance through engineering efficiency,” added Mr. Chenkin. “We the fun-to-drive spirit of the NSX will be a primary focus; we believe that a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities, too.”
The new Acura supercar, expected to debut in the next three years, will be developed by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and manufactured in Ohio.