New NSX - latest


It's not quite deposit time yet, but the new Honda NSX is moving closer to showroom status with news that the production car is going to be shown off January next year at the Detroit motor show.

Acura branding due to US manufacture
Acura branding due to US manufacture
The information, given to PH via someone with (very) close ties to the company, is the latest proof to doubters that Honda really will be replacing its supercar, last on sale in 2005.

Expected to look very similar to the concept revealed in January early this year, the new car will be powered by a direct-injection V6 VTEC engine as well as two in-wheel electric motors.

This hybrid system will send power to all four wheels in a system known to Honda as SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). What we don't know is whether this will position the in-wheel motors in the front or back, but the mid-mounted V6 does provide options.

If three engines sounds like a recipe for lardiness, Honda's CEO has promised "an extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio".

But just as your waiter falsely raises hopes with the premature delivery of the steak knife, Honda is still saying the on-sale date for the car is 2015. That's a painful amount of time to wait given it first raised the possibility of a replacement back in 2007 with the V10-powered Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept.

Dear Honda: more of this please
Dear Honda: more of this please
The American connection (Acura is, of course, Honda's answer to Lexus in the States) is significant in that the new car is being developed and will be built in Ohio instead of Japan as with the last one. Given that it's high on impossible these days to make any money on a car made in Japan, this does suggest that this time Honda wants to sell more than 19,000 of them.

If you can't wait there's always the old one to consider. We have a buying guide here and here's one in the Classifieds. OK, £27,000 for an auto is steep, but with values as firm as they are it'll likely not lose you much between now and 2015.

 

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  • Kozy 02 Nov 2012

    rampageturke2 said:
    vtec belongs in grocery getter civics not performance cars
    Obvious troll is obvious...

  • Grovsie26 02 Nov 2012

    desertwind said:
    Regarding Swindon, I bought an FN2 CTR and it was fine. But, I didn't like the torque steer so I sold it (deciding to retain a low mile S2K in my stable instead).
    I am about to receive an '03 NSX which I am importing from the USA and will keep that and the S2K. Both are modern classics.
    I have started to save my pennies for the next NSX, but am not that enthused about the powertrain, so I might opt for the upated R8 V10 instead (as close to the HSC V10 as possible).
    You had torque steer from a CTR with 145lbs/torque? You sure? LOL.

  • melvster 30 Oct 2012

    desertwind said:
    Regarding Swindon, I bought an FN2 CTR and it was fine. But, I didn't like the torque steer so I sold it (deciding to retain a low mile S2K in my stable instead).
    I am about to receive an '03 NSX which I am importing from the USA and will keep that and the S2K. Both are modern classics.
    I have started to save my pennies for the next NSX, but am not that enthused about the powertrain, so I might opt for the upated R8 V10 instead (as close to the HSC V10 as possible).
    Lucky you, i take it LHD does not bother you. NSX's seem to be pretty cheap in the sates, i occasionally look on NSX Prime now and again, it is a shame a lot of the cars over there are modified, an NSX should be left alone IMO. Have you gone for a Coupe or Targa and what colour combination have you chosen ? look forward to some pics.

  • desertwind 30 Oct 2012

    Regarding Swindon, I bought an FN2 CTR and it was fine. But, I didn't like the torque steer so I sold it (deciding to retain a low mile S2K in my stable instead).
    I am about to receive an '03 NSX which I am importing from the USA and will keep that and the S2K. Both are modern classics.
    I have started to save my pennies for the next NSX, but am not that enthused about the powertrain, so I might opt for the upated R8 V10 instead (as close to the HSC V10 as possible).

  • Verde 27 Oct 2012

    Accepting the risk of rathole'ing this thread, I've got to ask about this electric motor configuration and it's affect on handling performance. Where are the front motors mounted? On the centerline and connected to the front wheels via half-shafts? On the hubs and directly connected to the wheel assembly? The long-standing goal to achieve great handling is to reduce unsprung weight. It seems like either of these designs are going in the wrong direction with the in-hub design adding unsprung weight in the extreme. Will these electric-powered front wheel designs handle horribly?
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    renrut said:
    Talking more about the tech - I'm guessing the electric motors will power the front wheels to give a little extra traction when necessary but also assist with regen braking, with the V6 powering the rear.

    And high revs available prefereably north of 10K...

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