The wraps have finally been taken off the production version of the new Honda NSX, 25 years after the debut of the original ground-breaking supercar.
Power comes from a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 petrol engine driving the rear wheels via a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission with rev-matching, between which sits an electric motor.
This is combined with the output from a further pair of electric motors driving the front wheels to create not just exceptional performance, but also precise control, with a zero delay launch and a dynamic torque vectoring function. Honda calls it SH-AWD, or Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.
The new NSX project has been led by the team at Raymond, Ohio, while the car will be built at the company’s Marysville facility.
Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX, said: “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. The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”
In comparison to the NSX concept that has been shown before, the production version is three inches longer, one inch wider, and with a more cab-forward design than has been seen before.
Airflow management has been a particular focus of the team, both with regard to cooling and stability-enhancing downforce.
This has led to various new vents and aerodynamic features, such as the bonnet vents, wing vents, modified side air intakes and a rear deck spoiler.
In the cabin, the NSX uses a TFT display for the instrument cluster which can be configured to suit the driver’s mood.
A power button is sited in the centre console to ready the hybrid powertrain, together with a Dynamics System dial to alter the vehicle’s parameters and behaviour.
Four modes are offered: Quiet provides an electric-only driving mode, while Sport, Sport+ and Track modes offer ever-increasing levels of performance and driver involvement. A launch function is also provided.
The company also says that ingress and egress have been improved substantially over the old model.
Although sold as an Acura in the US, the new NSX will be badged as a Honda in Europe.
Production is expected to start this summer, with first deliveries due later in the year.