Acura NSX Concept to preview all-new Honda sports car

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The all-new Honda NSX sports car will be previewed at next month’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Officially called the Acura NSX Concept (Acura is Honda’s North American luxury vehicle division), the Japanese manufacturer says the concept “represents the styling direction for the next generation of Acura’s super sports car”.

The announcement follows confirmation from Honda CEO Takanobu Ito earlier this year that he was committed to producing a successor to the NSX.

The Honda NSX was a mid-engined rear-wheel drive two-door sports coupe produced between 1990 and 2005. The initial car was hailed as a technological marvel, having been benchmarked against the Ferrari 348, although slowing sales and high production costs forced an end to the 15-year nameplate.

Details of the new model remain sketchy. A mysterious Acura convertible spied on the set of upcoming Hollywood film The Avengers could hint at the styling of the next-generation sports car. Rumours also suggest the new NSX could feature a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, positioning it above the Honda CR-Z in the line-up.

Acura will unveil two other concepts alongside the NSX at Detroit. The Acura ILX Concept is a styling study that will preview a new entry-level luxury compact sedan. Scheduled for production during the second quarter of next year, the Acura ILX will feature three powertrains, including the brand’s first hybrid.

Also on display will be a prototype of the 2013 Acura RDX, the second-generation of the five-seat SUV.