Acura recently unveiled the NSX Type S for the 2022 model year, while modernizing the appearance of the racing car. This is actually the last year of production for the supercar, which leaves us after six years on the market. Indeed, only 350 copies of the final model will be produced. Do not panic, dear fans of the model: Acura has just confirmed a third generation.
This is Jon Ikeda, the vice president and brand director Acura, who confirmed the news to the American media The Drive during the event Monterey Car Week, in California.
Mr. Ikeda did not go into details about the engine or the marketing date of the next NSX, but he hinted that it might be electric. That would make sense given the rapid turnaround in the auto industry these days and the promises of electrification from Honda and Acura.
“The first NSX was gasoline powered, the second was a hybrid and the third… it’s on its way! – said Mr. Ikeda during his interview.
Reduce development costs
From a development and production cost point of view, a Acura NSX Electric Would certainly cost less than the current model, which is extremely complex due to its hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive with two electric motors.
Recall that the NSX is far from being a commercial success for Acura, which only sold some 25 units in the United States and Canada in 2020. When confronted with these statistics, Jon Ikeda replied by saying that the NSX was never designed to break sales records. Rather, it was an assertion on the part of the manufacturer. The model also served as a test bed for Acura in electrification.
“If we are planning an upcoming NSX, it’s simply because Acura wants a new NSX. ” – he said.
Mr. Ikeda, however, admitted that it will take a few more years before a next NSX appears in the range. He explained that Acura is banking on other key models for now, such as the return of the Integra, which is expected to be fully unveiled later this year, as well as its first electric SUV designed in partnership with General Motors.