The rumors have been swirling for the better part of six years and now Acura has confirmed that the next generation NSX is finally on its way.

The Detroit Auto Show will play host to three new Acura models, with the center ring occupied by a concept version of Acura's next-gen supercar. Playing second and third fiddle will be the automaker's interpretation of a compact luxury sedan, dubbed the ILX and competing in the same class as the BMW 1 Series, new Mercedes A-Class and Lexus CT200h. Power will be sent to the front wheels by either a 2.0-liter inline four or an optional hybrid drivetrain, with pricing somewhere south of $30k thanks to its Civic roots. Finally, Acura will show off a prototype version of the 2013 Acura RDX that gives current owners more of what their after, including fuel efficiency.

There aren't much in the way of hints or details in the release after the break, but we do know that the NSX will take aim at the Audi R8 with a V6 hybrid powerplant mounted amidships and sending power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The exterior will most certainly be inspired by the concept playing beside actor Robert Downey Jr. in the third Ironman installment and pricing won't be anywhere near that of the Lexus LFA – Honda wants this to be obtainable, and if C/D is to be believed, it's already been approved for 2013 production.
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Acura to Debut Three New Vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show

Acura announced today that it will unveil three all-new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including an all-new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car.

The Acura ILX Concept is a styling study of an all-new luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in spring 2012. To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid. Acura also will unveil a prototype of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger SUV. Finally, Acura will debut the NSX Concept, which represents the styling direction for the next generation of Acura's super sports car.

"Acura has a steady cadence of exciting new models coming to market and it will all begin in Detroit," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales and service. "From the all-new Acura ILX at the gateway of the lineup to the pinnacle of performance with the Acura NSX Concept, Acura vehicles are being created for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels of quality and value, with beautiful styling and the right balance of technology, performance and environmental responsibility."

All three vehicles will be introduced at the North America International Auto Show on January 9, 2012. The press conference will be webcast live on www.acuranews.com.


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      blatinotop4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      The picture above isn't the NSX. Jeff @ VTEC has seen the NSX and the car is a mid-engine rear like the "The Avengers" movie concept. The car pictured above is a front engine rear drive. Hopefully we will see this soon going against the Infiniti G, Audi A5 and others after they kill off the TSX and the ZDX in 2012.
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        @blatinotop4u
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          blatinotop4u
          • 3 Years Ago
          The Acura ILX is replacing it. Autoblog trying to say the TL name is the one to get chopped if Acura keep the TSX name. I doubt if they keep TSX name. It hasn't been around longer than the TL. Plus rumors been swirling for about 2 years that the TL and Accord were going to get slightly smaller.
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      RB30
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda. Just make a road version of the HSV-010 That's all you need to do
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        @RB30
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      John Le
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG noob mistake: it's they're not their
        John Le
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Le
        " gives current owners more of what their after"
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Le
        Like you don't make simple mistakes like this. Oh look, you forgot punctuation.
      jumpmanjay
      • 3 Years Ago
      "gives current owners more of what their after" they're or they are ...and the car wasnt shown in ironman 3, it was shown in the avengers.
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      fivesix7eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Found these images on Motor Trend's website: http://image.motortrend.com/f/34841003+w786+ar1/honda-NSX-successor-front-three-quarters-view.jpg http://image.motortrend.com/f/34841006+w786+ar1/honda-NSX-successor-rear-three-quarters.jpg Based on the description at vtec.net I'd guess that the render is somewhat accurate. If the NSX Concept looks anything like it then Honda is in the right direction. Also note: "Acura wouldn't tell us anything about the engine or powertrain, but off the record they were quick to tell us that the announced Electric SH-AWD system with 3.5L DI V6 was clearly not potent enough for this car. It should be noted that THAT powertrain, with its 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and 3 electric motors, develops a peak output in the neighborhood of 400hp. Obviously with the MR layout, Honda has to engineer a very specific setup for this car, and we're assuming it will essentially be a reversed layout compared to the FF-oriented design which was revealed previously." http://vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=1020643
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          fivesix7eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          i've been had. It seems that Motor Trend pulled an Auto Blog and linked old pictures to a new article: http://www.motortrend.com/future/future_vehicles/1112_new_acura_nsx_entry_level_sedan_concept_heading_to_detroit_show/ Jeff@TOV also confirms that what Honda revealed looks nothing like the Motor Trend pictures: http://vtec.net/forums/one-message?message_id=1020765&news_item_id=1020643 "Acura showed us the actual NSX Concept which will be revealed in Detroit next month. Unfortunately there was no photography allowed, but I can tell you that this will be one of the biggest reveals for Acura in recent history. Basically this is the car that was spied on the "Avengers" set late in the Summer, but it's clearly been further developed and it's also in hard-top form. Finished in a sliver paint, the concept is absolutely stunning, and carries on the NSX tradition of a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. The design is muscular, futuristic, and sharp, and vaguely similar to the Audi R8."
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's what it says about the next gen NSX to be appeared in Detroit according to InsideLine: "Just the Facts: Acura at long last plans to unveil a prototype of its long-awaited next-generation NSX supercar in just four weeks at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Unlike the earlier NSX, the new Acura performance flagship will feature a V6 hybrid powertrain. The NSX prototype that will be shown in Detroit will be an exterior design "buck" only, with no interior. LAS VEGAS — Let the speculation end now: Acura at long last plans to unveil a prototype of its long-awaited next-generation NSX supercar in just four weeks at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Some quick highlights on the 2013 NSX, shared with us by Acura executives: It will be a midengine two-seater, like the original. Unlike the earlier NSX, the new Acura performance flagship will feature a V6 hybrid powertrain. The new NSX will be similar in proportion to the original car, but with more aggressive styling. The next-generation NSX is expected to share Honda's new SH-AWD hybrid system with the 2013 successor to the Acura RL sedan. The system mates a high-output V6 engine with a pair of electric motors and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Honda says the V6 hybrid system, which drives all four wheels, will provide "acceleration equivalent to V8 engines," with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. The NSX prototype that will be shown in Detroit will be an exterior design "buck" only, with no interior. It will ride on five-spoke alloy rims shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires — 255/35ZR19 front and 275/30ZR20 rear. The front end of the new car resembles that of the movie car Acura built for the new Avengers movie currently in production. The prototype features a low nose, low cowl and thin A-pillars, much like the original NSX, but is wider, with edgier styling." If the front end part is true, then I really hope they are going to slightly revise it as it looks a bit too primitive and missing headlights.
        You guy
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        @Dennis Baskov
        The Avengers. Tony Stark.
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          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          Assuming that they are open for feedback. Look at what Toyota did with FT/GT - 86 at the last minute, I don't think most fans/or those who were interested in it before, liked that. However the Execs word on keeping car to its' roots and making it more aggressive, sounds promising. Let's see if their first take on a real concept can live up to the previous gen NSX.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad it won't happen.
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        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Downvote me now, I told you so later.
      bduddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't worry, they'll find some way to screw it up. Oh, Honda, where have you gone...
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have rather mixed feelings after reading this. My suggestions to Honda 1) It is okay if you base the ILX off the Civic, but PLEASE do NOT simpply rebadge the Civic and call it a day. Maybe give us the Euro Civic and spice it up with new engines, upgrade the interior and call it the ILX. A 2.4 with around 200 ponies sounds good for the base model, with the 2.3 turbo from the RDX as the top engine, but boosted to 270-ish hp. Also, give us a coupe version and call it the Integra. 2) RDX sounds pretty good as it is. Maybe offer the 3.7 V6 as an option? 3) According to several reports, the NSX will be a front engined hybrid. This just PROVES that Honda Honda isn't taking the NSX succecsor seriously. A front engined hybrid would simply not be worthy of the NSX name- the original was a mid-engine. If Honda wants to be taken seriously at ALL in this segment, they need to make it a mid engine option and make it go after the 911/Corvette/GTR. Maybe with a high revving version of the 3.5 with 370 hp, a turbo version of the same engine with 450 hp, and a turbo, high-revving version of the 3.7 V6 with, say, 560 hp. If Honda wants to be taken seriously at all, and wants to improve Acura from it's current state, it really needs to put in a lot of effort. The TL SH-AWD and RDX, and maybe the MDX, are competitive, and that's about it. I'd really like to see Acura shine again, to be young, innovative, and sporty, just like it was in the 90's.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Whoops. Didn't read the aticle closely enough. "but we do know that the NSX will take aim at the Audi R8 with a V6 hybrid powerplant mounted amidships" There go all my worries about it being front engine. Still, it would be much better if it were NOT a hybrid. A hybrid sports car is an oxymoron. If done incorrectly, this could end up being the next CR-Z.
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          @Justin Campanale
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        lostjr
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        @Justin Campanale
        The movie car and rendering look mid-engine. The spy shots _really_ look front engine. It might be your "several reports" are correct?
          lostjr
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          @lostjr
          Sorry, I see these photos are out of date and not relevant.
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      Ermir Shkurti
      • 3 Years Ago
      The profile of the NSX looks too much like an LFA. Maybe Acura and Lexus are sharing the chasis and the bodywork but I think Acura will use aluminum and steel instead of carbon fiber and different transmission and engine to cut the costs down. Cant wait...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ermir Shkurti
        The car shown is a front-engined car that Honda was developing, but trashed a couple of years ago. This car became the HSV-010 SuperGT GT500 race car. Read the article. "...but we do know that the NSX will take aim at the Audi R8 with a V6 hybrid powerplant mounted amidships."
        Dayv
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        @Ermir Shkurti
        Acura and Lexus, by which I mean Honda and Toyota, don't have a habit of sharing their tech with each other.
        simbadogg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ermir Shkurti
        what?!?!
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