Honda gave us a preview of Acura’s new supercar with their NSX concept at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and now fans of the car have something new to be excited about. The NSX concept was the preview of the much anticipated successor to the NSX supercar, but unlike the original NSX that was solely powered by a V6 engine, the NSX concept featured a new hybrid drivetrain. Honda CEO President Takanobu Ito recently confirmed that the same hybrid system will be used in the next Acura RL flagship sedan.
While we have to wait at least three years for the arrival of the NSX, the hybrid system with its dual electric motors and 3.5L V6 direct-injected engine will first find a home under the hood of the 2013 Acura RL. “The technology has outstanding handling,” Ito said. “The thinking behind the RL and NSX systems is the same, but the NSX’s will be more sports-car focused.” While the NSX’s V6 rides midship with the two electric motors powering the front wheels, the system will be flipped in the RL, with the V6 at the front and the electric motors powering the rear wheels.
The next-generation Acura RL is expected to debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show and will likely also get a non-hybrid version when it is released. The Acura NSX and RL are not the only hybrids that Honda is planning on adding to its Honda and Acura lineups. This spring, Acura’s first hybrid arrives with the ILX compact sedan and early next year the Honda Accord is going to get a plug-in two-motor hybrid system.
Via Automotive News