Honda takes Acura NSX back to the future ahead of 2015 rebirth [Video]

Honda released a video showing the evolution of the Acura NSX as it tours its next-gen NSX Concept around the world's auto shows

Honda has taken the Acura NSX back to the future in a video as part of a promotional campaign supporting the NSX Concept vehicle currently touring the world's auto show circuit.

The retrospective looks back to the original Acura NSX and follows its evolution from 1990 to 2005, when its long run as a production model came to an end. Its development had been marked by the input of F1 great Ayrton Senna, helping to underscore its legendary status as one of the world's classic supercars. When the car first launched, its all-aluminum V6 produced 270 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque with Honda also pouring its own experience in F1 car design throughout its DNA. One of the areas that it distinguished itself as a supercar was its Japanese-bred reliability, where others could be much more temperamental.

More after video

The clip has a lot of footage of the NSX hitting the Nurbergring, well-known for its status as the true track test of any would-be sports car contender. Versions of the NSX featured in the clip include the NSX-R model, a tweaked variation that incorporated some performance enhancements. Also making an appearance is Le Mans 24hr track version which appeared at the famous race from 1994-1996.

Ultimately, the clip takes us to the NSX Concept, which recently made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the original NSX was a cutting-edge example automotive engineering in its day, the 21st Century incarnation version aims to be no different. Should it arrive in 2015 as is currently projected, it will feature a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, with power delivered by all four wheels. Powers is expected to be reach upwards of 400 horses.

The latter section of the video features footage of a virtual version of the NSX Concept hitting the track in the PS3's Gran Turismo 5. So, if you have a PS3 and Gran Turismo 5, you can get a taste of what the NSX Concept would be like to drive right now...which is also about the only place that most of us will also get to experience the real thing, even when it does arrive in around three years from now.