To say that the new NSX has had a long, fraught journey to production would be an understatement: the on-again, off-again supercar was first introduced as a concept car back in 2007. Now, in 2015, we finally know what the production model will look like.
The hybrid mid-engine NSX succeeds the legendary first-generation model, a hand-built, all-aluminum exotic that lasted in Honda's stable for a full 15 years — so basically, the new version has a lot to live up to.
Acura notes that in the middle of development, it made a game-time decision to change powerplants — the new NSX still a hybrid, but instead of a normally-aspirated engine, it's using a twin-turbo V6 paired to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. In total, you'll get north of 550 horsepower. Inside, a center-mounted dial lets the driver choose between a variety of driving modes, including one called "Quiet" — presumably to cut the angry-sounding exhaust — going all the way to "Track" in the other direction.
Would-be buyers will be able to spec their cars online starting this summer; first customer deliveries will happen "later this year." There's no word on exact pricing, but the company's saying "mid-$150,000 range."