Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Acura NSX- will we see it in Kuwait?



HIGH-PO HYBRID: TWIN-TURBO V-6 + THREE ELECTRIC MOTORS = “NORTH OF 550 HP”

The NSX is powered by Acura’s first turbocharged engine since the original RDX crossover and is only the company’s second foray into forced induction in its U.S.-market vehicles. Acura (and parent company Honda) has long preferred noodling with its VTEC valvetrains rather than turbo- or supercharging its four- and six-cylinder engines in order to boost their output. But these days—especially with supercars—natural aspiration is simply not enough. Therefore, not only is the NSX’s 75-degree, dry-sump V-6 twin-turbocharged, but the engine is supplemented by three electric motors, one sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and one at each front wheel. Acura did not reveal the displacement of the V-6, nor output figures for the engine or the electric motors, but Acura spokesperson Jessica Fini confirmed that total system output will be “north of 550 hp.”

With hybrid power going to the back wheels and pure electric power up front, the NSX features a so-called “Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive” system, much like that in the RLX hybrid, only reversed. As such, the car uses front-axle torque vectoring and a launch mode for ultimate stoplight getaways. Also, like the new TLX, the NSX gets Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System, which aligns powertrain and chassis responses, as well as engine sound, along preset levels: The settings include Quiet (which relies solely on battery power at speeds up to 50 mph), Sport, Sport+, and Track, the last unlocking “the full spectrum of its performance capabilities.”

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