The new ZDX signifies Acura’s first major step into electrification, but that’s just the beginning. Acura also debuted a new concept car in Monterey alongside its first production EV, which could portend a future electric sports car. This is the Electric Vision Design Study, and it bears a striking resemblance to the now-discontinued NSX sports car. Sculpted alongside the ZDX at the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, the front is equipped with slim vertical headlights that nearly mimic the look of Acura’s IMSA Prototype racer. There’s a corresponding light bar that extends across the slightly pointed nose as well, and an illuminated Acura badge on the hood – all in a fluorescent green color. “Our Acura design team in Los Angeles is dreaming up the future of Acura Precision Crafted Performance in the EV era,” notes Dave Marek, Acura’s executive creative director. “This latest expression of an all-electric high-performance model is inspiring everyone in our design studio to push the boundaries ad we wanted to share the fun with our Acura fans.”
A six-speed sequential transmission with adjustable gear ratios transfers power to the rear wheels from the four-cylinder gasoline engine of Ford origins at 8,000 revolutions per minute. The revised Mono, according to BAC, is one of the fastest-accelerating ICE road cars ever, reaching 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.7 seconds (reduced by 0.1s).
One of the finest ways to have fun while wearing clothes is with the Mono, which has 546 horsepower per metric ton and a 41:59 front-to-rear weight distribution. It may be ordered with a variety of Pirelli tires, including a Trofeo R tire made especially for the Mono. Additional suspension and chassis improvements have improved handling, and the engine now has a new carbon airbox and individual throttles bodies.
Come 2024, BAC will introduce a turbocharged version expected to use an adaptation of Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine found in the Focus ST. It will allow the Briggs Automotive Company to sell the car in markets where there are stringent emissions regulations.