Next-Gen Acura NSX Might Go Electric

3 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 8

Acura EV Concept

Could zap to 62 mph (100 kph) in only two and a half seconds.

For last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Acura developed a four-motor EV Concept with no less than 1,000 electrified horses. It went on to finish third overall at the hill climb in Colorado and was billed as the “world’s first supercar with four-wheel independent torque allocation.” Fast forward to present day, Honda’s man in charge of research and development, Sekino Yosuke, told Autocar the NSX-influenced concept was more than just a race car as the knowledge gained during the engineering process will be put to good use into a road-going model.

Acura NSX Time Attack 1 and 2 Vehicles

Honda’s R&D head honcho admitted studies are already being conducted to find a way to implement the technology into a car you can actually buy, one that would carry over the amazing four-digit horsepower of the concept.

The full electric race car tipped the scales at around 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds), so a production model would end up substantially heavier. Despite the added fat, early estimations are indicating the next NSX could do 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in just 2.5 seconds and complete the 0-124 mph (0-200 kph) run in 6.2 seconds.

As far as range is concerned, the concept’s battery pack has enough juice for around 200 miles (322 km) if you don’t push it too hard. While a potential street-legal car would not be able to match that because of the extra weight commanded by the mandatory safety features and other extra hardware, range could actually end up higher assuming battery tech will evolve in the coming years.

Taking into account the NSX has only been around since 2016, a successor is not expected to arrive before the end of the decade. With convertible and Type R derivatives en route, it likely means an entirely new one won’t see the light of day until 2023, at least. Hopefully, Honda and Acura won’t tease the third-gen NSX for years and years as it was the case with the current model…

Source: Honda via Autocar

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8 responses to "Next-Gen Acura NSX Might Go Electric"

  1. CLIVE says:

    For 150-200k the current car is ridiculous so not sure why it matters. Acura seriously has its priorities screwed up.

    If Honda didn’t own them they’d be out of business by now.

    1. Christopher Raymond says:

      The NSX is not Acura’s problem… its all of the snoozers that make up the rest of their line up.

  2. Just_Chris says:

    As good as the Honda FIT is there is a big part of me that would prefer them releasing this, even at the 150-200k mark, as a compliance car. If thy could get the price closer to $100k and keep the crazy performance then I am sure they could sell enough to make money and meet their compliance.

  3. speculawyer says:

    The current car is such a disaster. They spend massive piles of money developing a car that was obsolete before it hit the market.

    It is comical.

  4. Don Zenga says:

    If Acura Hybrid costs $160K, then the electric version will cost $400K. It makes much better sense to buy a top of the line Model 3 for $130K and enjoy the drive with the family.
    The car that we looked for mass sales is Model 3 and its coming tomorrow.

    1. CLIVE says:

      Model 3 is a car

      Hardly a sports car

      The S for $130k must be what you are talking about.

  5. Gibber says:

    Agreed, Acura was three years late to the game with a car that was only mid-pack to begin with, the Nissan GTR still eats it’s lunch (price and performance) and look how long in the tooth that car is, not to mention that for $150k I can buy a Porsche GT3.

  6. Jake Brake says:

    If you can make the NIO EP9 performance cost 100k then you have a winner.

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