It seems like forever ago that the all-new plug-in hybrid Acura NSX hybrid supercar debuted, and if you can believe it, we’re still awhile away from production beginning. In the midst of all this waiting, Gearheads.org* got to wondering… what might an Acura NSX Type-R look like? Thanks to photoshop, now we have a decent idea.
Since the Acura NSX Concept debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, a number of other high-profile hybrids haven’t just debuted, but actually went into production. A perfect example is the BMW i8, which is in so much demand that BMW is actually going to increase production to reduce wait times from as much as 18 months right now. There’s already talk of a faster, more powerful version of the i8 to celebrate BMW’s centennial, but the new NSX? It’s nowhere to be found.
So maybe it’s wishful thinking on Gearhead’s part, but if Acura were to roll out a more-powerful NSX Type-R alongside the “regular” NSX, it would certainly make up for some of the ground lost to production delays. To be sure, Acura could use a sales boost, and while the NSX is likely to be a low-volume car, it’s also a high-profile one that could get people talking about the brand again. The SH-AWD system used on the NSX is shared with the new Acura RLX (also know as the Honda Legend in Japan), which could be a major marketing component, and there are plans to take the new NSX racing shortly after production begins.
Will an Acura NSX Type-R also be on the table at debut, or is this rendering the closest we’ll ever get?
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