By: IOL Motoring Staff
Detroit Motor Show - It has had one of the longest gestation periods of any modern car, but here at last is the production version of the second-generation Honda/Acura NSX sports coupé, developed and built in the United States.
Which is why it has two names: It will be sold in North America under the banner of Honda's Acura premium brand, but for the rest of the world it will be badged as a Honda, when it goes on sale in the second half of 2015.
Twenty-five years is a long time in the automotive industry, and the new NSX has nothing in common with its illustrious predecessor. It has an all-new mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-litre, 75-degree DOHC V6 driving the rear wheels via a nine-speed double-clutch transmission, with a platter-style electric motor sandwiched between engine and transmission - as in Honda's cheeky little CR-Z coupé - and another electric motor driving each front wheel, completely independently of each other.
That not only provides an individually controllable all-wheel-drive system, but also enables real-time torque vectoring by increasing the torque to the outside front wheel and gently braking the inside front wheel as the car begins to understeer, seamlessly keeping the car going exactly where it's pointed.