- acura vice president and brand officer jon ikeda said that “[t]here’s gonna be another one” in an interview with the drive about the nsx sports car.
- ikeda explained that acura builds “an nsx when there's something we want to say,” pointing out that the first generation was gas-powered while the second generation transitioned to hybrid propulsion.
- the next logical step would be an electric nsx, but ikeda refused to comment on whether it would be an ev, simply responding with a smile.
the nsx type s, a higher-performance version of the mid-engined sports car with 27 additional horsepower and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, serves as a final act for the second-generation nsx. the 2022 type s will be the only nsx on offer next year, with just 300 units available in the united states before production ends. but now an interview with acura vice president and brand officer jon ikeda in the drive has revealed that the nsx will have a future beyond 2022, and that the iconic nameplate will likely return on an electric vehicle.
acura already hinted that the sports car could get a successor in the press release for the type s, stating that the company was “already exploring what the next generation of sports cars should be in the coming electrified era.” but the recent comments from ikeda provide more clarity on the future of the nsx. speaking with the drive at monterey car week, ikeda explained, "if you notice, we make an nsx when there's something we want to say. the first-gen was gas. second-gen was a hybrid. there's gonna be another one.”
when asked whether a third-generation nsx would be an all-electric sports car, ikeda smiled and refused to comment, the drive reports. given the car market’s general trend towards battery-electric powertrains, it would make sense that the next nsx would eschew a gas engine for a battery pack and electric motors. ikeda did not reveal any sort of timeline for an nsx successor, but we would expect it to be at least a few years away.