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Mike Stevens | Jan 10, 2012

How many years has it been? Since retiring the fan-favourite NSX in 2005, Honda has rolled out two promising concepts and one race car - the latter born out of an almost-there road-car project that met its end when the global financial crisis struck.

But, this one. This one is for real, Honda says. The time is right, the market is ready to embrace low-volume sports cars again, and the technology is there.

The NSX Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show this week is inspired by the roadster concept that has already been spied on the set of the Avengers superheo film, and Honda says it's coming to market in 2015.

In true Honda form, power for this new concept is provided by a mid-mounted naturally-aspirated V6, but this time there is also Honda's new electric super-handling all-wheel-drive system, driven by wheel-mounted electric motors.

"This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura's idea to create synergy between man and machine," Takanobu Ito, Honda President and CEO, said.

"The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way."

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Power figures haven't been revealed, but if th V6 is the new engine announced late last year, we can expect at least 231kW - plus whatever boost the electric motors bring to the table.

Tucked into a lightweight body loaded with aluminium and carbon fibre, the hybrid powertrain should give the new NSX a 0-100km time in the low four-second range.

Ito, who led the development of the original NSX as an engineer at Honda, said that the new model will focus on achieving high performance "through engineering efficiency".

"In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities."

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