Honda’s NSX has arrived in Detroit, mixing futuristic lines with an advanced hybrid powertrain. Touted as a Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT rival, the new Honda packs more power and more presence than the iconic performance car with which it shares its name.
Read on to learn all the key details and features of the new car.
Little more than the name links the two cars, because the new NSX (built in Honda’s plant in Ohio from 2016) features a complex hybrid powertrain. This is made up of two independent electric motors that drive the front axle, and a single electric motor that’s linked directly to a twin-turbo V6, sending drive to the rear wheels through a nine-speed DCT gearbox.
The car sits low on 19- and 20-inch multispoke alloys, and features Honda’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-wheel drive tech. This comprises an integrated dynamic system which cycles through four modes: Quiet (presumably full-electric), Sport, Sport + and Track modes.
Carbon ceramic brakes provide the stopping power and a rear diffuser cleans up airflow under the car.
Performance remains unconfirmed, but taking into account its rivals, a sub-4sec 0-100km/h time and top speed approaching 320km/h are our guesses – Honda has previously said it’s aiming for Ferrari 458 Italia levels of performance. With hybrid grunt and forced induction, the torque window should be wide and peak power somewhere close to 447kW.
Prices will remain unconfirmed until closer to production, but a tag somewhere around US$150,000 seems likely. Honda Australia is putting its hand up for the car, and has previously stated that local pricing could reasonably mimic the previous car’s $245K ask.