Sleek and impossibly low, the Acura NSX concept on display at Cobo Center will bring back a once-legendary nameplate when it goes back into production in early 2015.
The Japanese maker has struggled for years trying to come up with an alternative to the original supercar, and part of the problem was coming up with the right high-tech powertrain. Acura planners finally settled on a system they’ve saddled with the awkward name electric super-handling all-wheel drive.
It will put two electric motors up front, one for each wheel, with a third motor and a V-6 engine sending power to the rear axle. Among other things, this creates a unique AWD system without the bulky prop shaft running down the middle of the car. It also allows the driveline to shift torque to improve the way the NSX will steer through corners.