Honda NSX successor will have only 400 hp?

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 30, 2011

The Honda NSX supercar will be making its comeback as a 400bhp four-wheel-drive hybrid. The new NSX, which is being groomed as a rival to the Audi R8, will be presented at the Detroit Motor Show this January. This supercar is heavily based on the concept car that was spied on the set of the new Avengers movie.

The spy images show a coupe but it’s believed that the final production version will also be available as a roadster.

When displayed, the concept will have an Acura badge. However, it will be a Honda when it touches down in the UK where it keeps its NSX name.

It is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 that drives one axle and a couple of in-wheel electric motors to turn the other. This gives four-wheel-drive traction and more than 400bhp to the NSX. Needless to say, it will have an impressive performance. It is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in less than five seconds.

The new Honda NSX has been designed to emulate its original ancestor by bringing in a 'New Sports eXperience' to the supercar segment. When the first NSX was launched in 1989, it quickly became known as a supercar that dared to defy the conventions at the time with dramatic supercar styling, superior performance, and groundbreaking quality, usability and ergonomics.

It employed a mid-mounted transverse V6 engine wrapped in a lightweight yet rigid all-aluminum monocoque body and chassis. Its engine was also a technological wonder, employing innovations like titanium connecting rods, VTEC valve train and forged pistons.

Thanks to certain design elements like low vehicle mass, high power-to-weight ratio as well as a rigid body and performance-focused chassis -- along with outstanding ergonomics, accessible performance and superb visibility – the NSX was more than just a supercar.

It was a supercar that emotionally links the driver to the NSX, and the car to the road. In addition, the very first NSX is an epitome of the Japanese carmaker’s high levels of quality, durability and day-to-day usability – without sacrificing performance.

As an emulator of the original NSX, the new Honda NSX has taken full note of the core attributes as well as differentiators of its ancestor. As an innovator itself, the new Honda NSX is pursuing a revolutionary concept to attain a new dimension of supercar performance.

In the process, Honda combines sports car characteristic with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports eXperience. In fact, the new NSX and its every element are considered the next-generation expression of the same performance values that helped Honda create the original NSX.

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