Few other models in recent years have been as hotly anticipated as the Honda NSX supercar which returns in 2015 with an advanced new hybrid powertrain. The vehicle will go on sale in the UK shortly and the manufacturer has revealed more information as its release date nears.
A complex engine for blistering performance
In place of the previous NSX’s combustion powertrain is a complex new hybrid drive system. It comprises two electric motors to drive the front axle and a single electric motor linked to the crankshaft of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine. This drives the rear wheels and a total of 550bhp is delivered by a nine-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The V6 has been mounted low in the body of the supercar which helps to lower its centre of gravity and therefore enhance stability and control at high speeds.
Technically advanced underpinnings
More is also known on the NSX’s chassis and body as well as the technology that supports it. The manufacturer’s Hybrid Super Handling all-wheel drive technology features four drive modes of Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track to match output to the road or track ahead. Variable ratio steering has been added too for heightened responses when cornering.
The model rides on 19-inch and 20-inch multispoke alloy wheels which connect to Honda’s Multi-Material Body. This structure is made up of an aluminium monocoque which is reinforced by high-strength steel to make the body strong and safe. When compared to the previous NSX the incoming version is 40mm and 145mm wider. It remains low slung and aerodynamic, and the final shape was refined during testing in Honda’s wind tunnel.
The NSX will arrive in the UK as a direct rival to the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and McLaren 12C among others. The name alone will be sure to attract the attention of potential buyers and the benefit of a hybrid powertrain could make the difference for this stunning Japanese creation. Return to the Johnsons Honda blog soon for updates on the supercar or enquire with our team to find out more.