Honda NSX successor will go hybrid and receive an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 2, 2011

Honda is developing a new concept that suggests a top-of-the-line sports coupe. It’s believed that this Super Sports concept will arrive after the Small Sports EV Concept that is displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. According to Yoshikazu Kigoshi, general manager for Honda research and design centre, the Super Sports concept is described as a “halo model” that will succeed the NSX.

The Super Sports concept will be introduced next January in Detroit. It will probably be equipped with a 300bhp-plus, all-wheel drive, petrol-electric hybrid system named ‘Super-Handling AWD’ (SH-AWD).

This car is powered by a new 3.5-litre V6 petrol motor that will propel the front wheels and an electric motor that will power the rear wheel. This car benefits from a torque-distribution system on the electric rear axle and boosts handling safety and response.

It’s a possibility that a new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox will be offered as standard equipment. Kigoshi said that the Super Sports would have an Acura badge in America but is expected to still arrive in countries (including the UK) that don’t have the Acura brand badged as a Honda.

Several weeks from now, this aggressive-looking big coupe will arrive. The three new concepts at the Tokyo motor show clearly suggests the brand’s more cohesive and range-wide future design direction.

Toshinubu Minami, the Creative director of Honda design and the designer of the Super Sports concept, said that the halo model would have the same Honda face as the Tokyo concepts, explaining that there has to consistency but that they’re not identical.

Honda NSX Concept provides people with a preview of what future performance vehicles from the Japanese carmaker are going to look like. It uses light materials and a V6 engine, as well as a variety of new technologies including the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd president and CEO Takanobu Ito says that the new NSX is very much like the first NSX where you get high performance by efficient engineering. It mixes a fun drive with a supercar that is also environmentally friendly. Ito was part of the first NSX’s development team

Unlike other supercars that give you high output from a big engine, the NSX Concept uses the best power to weight ratio to deliver top-notch performance. It has a one of a kind dual electric motor drive unit that features bilateral control system. The all-wheel drive hybrid system can instantly create positive or negative torque when cornering. This helps makes the new NSX easier to handle than previous AWD vehicles from Honda.

You also get the next-generation VTEC V6 engine. The powerful direct-injection engine works with electric traction motor and the dual clutch transmission to give you the fastest acceleration while also saving on fuel.

This SH-AWD system, according to Ito, will help the NSX driver feel one with vehicle, playing up the synergy between the machine and the man.

Topics: honda, honda nsx, awd

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