Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Version 2.0: Updated Acura NSX Concept Shows Possible Interior Design – 2013 Detroit

The Acura NSX concept wowed us at the 2012 Detroit show with its stunning sheetmetal and high-performance powertrain, but its interior wasn’t ready for primetime. This week, a second version of the NSX concept made an appearance at the 2013 Detroit auto show with minor exterior tweaks and a possible interior setup, previewing what the cabin could look like before the supercar goes into production.

We caught up with Acura’s head of design Jon Ikeda, who told us his team has narrowed down the NSX’s interior possibilities to two variations. Ikeda says the interior on display at the 2013 Detroit show can be summed up as a “Human Connected Space.” Cryptic design jargon aside, the driver-focused interior is highlighted by a black and red color scheme and materials that include leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber. Ikeda says the interior will be comfortable yet lightweight, and the heavily bolstered seats — which are constructed of a carbon-fiber shell and soft red leather seating surfaces – appear to meet that goal. The dashboard is simple, with none of the double-stacked trickery used for the instrument panel in the 2013 Honda Civic.

Otherwise, the NSX concept 2.0 is essentially the same as version 1.0. Ikeda did say that the updated concept sits just a tad lower to the ground. The rear end still features boomerang-style taillights connected to each other by a red bar. The massive V-shaped air scoop (to cool the mid-mounted gas engine) still dominates the side view. The jewel style headlights remain up front as does the power plenum grille and gaping air dams.

Acura didn’t release additional info on the powertrain, which at this point still comprises of a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V-6 (mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission) and electric motor driving the rear wheels; two additional motors power the front wheels. We still have to wait about two long years until the NSX arrives, but until then enjoy the latest iteration of Acura’s supercar.

For all the latest news, photos, videos, and much more direct from the 2013 Detroit auto show, head to our 2013 Detroit auto show coverage page here.