Honda has used its premium North American brand, Acura, to reveal the production version of its reborn NSX supercar.
Unveiled to journalists at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the NSX is expected to continue blazing the technologically-advanced trail paved by its legendary predecessor and is said to offer a ‘new sportscar experience’.
It shares a mid-mounted V6 and lightweight construction ethos with its ancestor, though it is clear from a glance at the spec sheet that the new Honda NSX is seriously loaded with tech that wasn’t yet invented when the original car was released in 1990.
A three-motor sports hybrid system and nine-speed dual-clutch transmission form key components of the ‘power unit’, though of course the star is the twin-turbocharged, longitudinally-mounted 75-degree petrol V6 combustion engine that features dry sump lubrication. A direct-drive electric motor also supplies power to the rear wheels and is used to ‘support acceleration, braking and transmission performance’, while two additional motors mounted up-front provide all-wheel drive capability, as well as torque vectoring across the front axle.
Key powertrain components are strategically mounted to ensure weight is kept low and central to the machine, Honda promising the NSX will have the lowest centre of gravity in the supercar class.
“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”
It’s clear that Honda engineers also took care to ensure the NSX driver had easy access to the most pertinent performance information with a dynamic TFT display, while all-round vision – traditionally an issue with supercars – has also been well resolved, with special touches such as ultra-thin A-pillars and low-mounted dash display to maximise cornering vision.
The Honda NSX’s internal frame is built from a combination of aluminium and ultra-high strength steel and is anchored by a carbon fibre floor. Honda also boast a world-first in its casting technology which gives ‘the strength of a forged material’ and contributes to significant weight saving. The NSX body features a blend of aluminium and sheet moulding composite materials.
Continental’s ContiSportContact tyres have been announced as the OEM fitment, with extensive testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and other race circuits part of the selection process. Up-front there’s 245/35/19 rubber, with 295/30/20s doing the job at the rear. Braking is via carbon-ceramic discs, clamped by six-piston monobloc calipers up front; four-pots are fitted to the rear.
Multiple drive modes are of course standard, ranging from ‘Quiet’ electric running through Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. Drivetrain motors along with the gearbox and chassis, move from mild to wild as each step is taken. A launch function primes the drivetrain to deliver ‘zero delay’, full-torque getaways.
Honda Australia has indicated interest in receiving the NSX, with its arrival currently slated for 2016. Pricing and specification will be revealed closer to the local launch date.