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by Tim Beissmann

Honda has officially revealed the Acura NSX Roadster that will star in the new Marvel Comics film The Avengers.

The movie car shares much in common with the NSX hybrid coupe concept that was first revealed in January at the Detroit motor show, sparking speculation that Honda is readying a production version of the convertible sports car.

Earlier this year, Honda said it would begin production of the NSX in Ohio, US, within three years, pointing towards a launch date late 2014 or early 2015.’

Fans of the roadster will likely have to be even more patient, however. If Honda does decide to make a convertible NSX, it’s not expected to enter production until sometime after the coupe, potentially later in 2015 or 2016.

As revealed in spy images from October, the Acura NSX Roadster will be driven by Robert Downie Jr.’s character, Tony Stark, in the new superhero film.

The NSX coupe concept is a philosophical successor to Honda’s original super sports car, teaming a mid-mounted V6 engine with lightweight materials and high-tech engineering.

The NSX concept features Honda’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (super-handling all-wheel-drive), which sends power from an electric motor to the front wheels and drive from the direct-injection V6 through a dual-clutch transmission to the rear.

Honda says the reborn NSX, which returns to production mid-decade after a 10-year hiatus, will offer “supercar acceleration [and] outstanding efficiency”, and will represent the ultimate expression of synergy between man and machine.