Its been 25 years since Honda launched the NSX, production ran from 1990 too 2005. After a nine year hiatus the new and effectively second generation NSX was revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
After three years of intense development Honda are now confident to showcase the new NSX (New Sports Experience) in its full glory. This isn’t yet another Gran Turismo “we might build it” concept its for real.
In keeping with current trends and Honda’s own corporate philosophy the NSX is now a hybrid-supercar. As with the first generation the mid-mounted V6 is retained although its now a 75-degree twin-turbocharged V6 producing a rumored 600bhp. That power is fed through a 9-speed dual clutch transmission.
The front wheels are powered by twin independent high-output electric motors and are designed too deliver instantaneous torque response. A third and rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance.
Driver and handling assists include Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive which controls steering, braking and throttle inputs. Agile Handling Assist is advanced software that is able too apply the inside front wheel brakes to enable faster and almost lunatic levels of cornering.
And there is a four mode system that allows you to select the cars characteristics. The Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes all are pretty much familiar to modern day cars and self explanatory.
The electric motors and V6 engine are combined to provide a type of launch control with “zero Delay” when accelerating from a standstill. Honda say they benchmarked the Nissan GTR and Ferrari 458 and came out on top in a series of acceleration tests.
The NSX is constructed out of what Honda are saying is a new production technique called “multi-material layered design”. The space frame mono-cell design is made out of mix aluminium, steel and what Hodna refers too as advanced materials. The carbon fibre floor further increases torsional rigity and body panels are made from a mix of aluminum and sheet molding composite materials.
Fully independent front and rear suspension is forged from aluminium and the NSX rides on aluminium-alloys, 19-inch tyres at the front and 20-inch for the rear. Carbon Ceramic brakes are bolstered by 4-piston calipers.
Honda have yet to reveal performance details of the new NSX, it is estimated to be in the region of 550bhp and 600bhp. No price or availability dates have been made just yet but it is expected to cost around £150k GBP.