Acura NSX Type-R could be Acura's answer to the Ford GT

Acura revealed the 550-hp 2016 Acura NSX this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but there are already reports that a more powerful NSX Type-R is in the cards.


This week two supercars debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show – one was expected, but another stole the show. It had been rumored that Ford was working on a new GT supercar and Ford started the Detroit Auto Show off with a bang by pulling the covers off the new GT, unfortunately the dust hadn’t settled by the time that Acura pushed the start button on the 2016 NSX. For the most part it seemed that most of the media at the show was more excited about the Ford GT, but Acura may have something else up its sleeve to put the NSX on top – the NSX Type-R.
2016 Acura NSX

For starters Acura basically told the media that we can expect more high-performance versions of the NSX, since it opted at the last minute change to a new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 instead of the earlier transverse naturally-aspirated V6. The switch up to the mid mounted engine apparently leaves more space for higher performing engines.

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If that story isn’t enough proof that a NSX Type-R is in the works, Acura NSX chief engineer Ted Klaus hinted to Auto Express at the show about a higher performing NSX. “I think everyone who loves cars wants to see a version that we say is pure red.”

2016 Acura NSX Exterior

The NSX Type-R is still a bit away, but for now we still have to wait for Acura to officially confirm how much power the standard 2016 NSX has. At the show Acura only confirmed that the NSX will have at least 550 horsepower when it arrives later this year, which is already below the 600 horsepower Ford GT. Pricing for the NSX also hasn’t been released, but Acura is expecting a price tag around $150,000.

2016 Acura NSX Exterior

Source: Auto Express