Finally, after several years and two concept cars shown at different car shows, Honda has unveiled its production-ready NSX supercar.
Honda has revealed some information about the engine and drivetrain, but, no performance figures have been qouted. However, let’s look at what we do know.
Behind the cabin is a longitudinally-mounted, 75-degree DOHC, twin-turbo V6 engine. It is connected to a 9-speed dual-clutch tansmission. Being a hybrid, there is also three (!) electric motors. One of these is siutated between the engine and the transmission. This allows the electic motor to assist with acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The other two electric motors are connected to the front wheel, resulting in an all-wheel drive supercar. According to Honda the drivetrain is “intergrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body”.
The NSX is made up of a space frame, manufactured from aluminim, ultra-high strenght steel as well as other advanced materials. This is all anchored on a carbon fibre floor. The body panels are made of a combination of aluminium and sheet molding composite.
Front and rear the NSX featrues fully independent, all-aluniumium suspension. Up front is a 245/35Z R19 (19x8,5) tyre and wheel combination. At the rear it is 295/30Z R20 (20x11). Six-piston calipers at the rear and four-piston calipers at the front together with carbon-ceramic discs will provide the stopping power.
The NSX will be build in Ohio in the USA.
Below are the dimensions of the two concept cars as well as the production car.
|NEW NSX||2013 NSX Concept||Difference||2005 NSX||Difference|
|Length||4 470 mm||4 390 mm||+3,1||4 425 mm||+1,8|
|Width||1 940 mm||1 915 mm||+1,0||1 810 mm||+5,1|
|Height||1 215 mm||1 200 mm||+0,6||1 170 mm||+1,8|
|Wheelbase||2 630 mm||2 610 mm||+0,8||2 350 mm||+11,0|
|Front track||1 655 mm||- -||- -||1 510 mm||+5,7|
|Rear track||1 615 mm||- -||- -||1 540 mm||+3,0|
Overseas' customers will be able to start ordering the car this coming winter, followed by deliveries before the end of the year. We strongly suspect the NSX will also be heading to South Africa, although that might only happen early 2016.