Inside the latest iteration of Acura’s NSX Concept

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Red and black suede, aluminum, and carbon fiber abound in a relatively simple interior purposely designed to minimize clutter and place the emphasis on driving.

At last year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Acura revealed the NSX Concept to much acclaim in the media and general public. At the NAIAS in Detroit this year, Acura gave an encore, unveiling the second iteration of the NSX, this time showcasing “one possible direction” for the next-generation supercar’s interior design and packaging.

“We didn’t have an interior last year, and people were asking about that,” Jon Ikeda, Chief Designer, Acura Design Studio, told AEI on the show floor. “Obviously, it’s a little bit different. There are ideas on the vehicle that we’re working toward in the studio for the real car.”

Based on the “expected underpinnings” of the supercar Acura will bring to market two years from now, the new NSX Concept reveals an interior design based on the core principle of “human connected space,” Ikeda said. In other words, the main focus for designers at Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles and Raymond, OH, was “the synergy between man and machine.” This synergy involves three core areas: performance, connectivity, and styling.

Red and black suede, aluminum, and carbon fiber abound in a relatively simple interior purposely designed to minimize clutter and place the emphasis on driving. To that end, driver visibility was a key consideration in the vehicle’s design, according to Ikeda. Information is relayed via two LCD screens—one in the gauge cluster and another in the center console.

These elements, along with paddle shifters and contoured sport seats, are meant “to support the psychological and emotional aspects of driving a supercar at the limit,” said Ikeda. “From an interior design viewpoint, the key is that the car does not get in the way.”

Other technical details of the next-gen supercar, provided at last year’s NAIAS and still holding true, include the powertrain combination of a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a new high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring AWD with hybrid efficiency via three electric motors—one motor integrated with the V6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels—along with a new dual-clutch transmission (DCT). According to Acura, the AWD system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve “unparalleled” driving performance.

The NSX supercar will be built at a new production facility in central Ohio.

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