Contrary to rumors, the NSX project has not been put on hold. In fact, Honda is moving forward with creating it albeit with a slight change to go for a more environmentally friendly approach.
'Super Hybrid Sports' is what Honda is calling its new project, which according to sources, will be directly competing with Toyota's FT-HS hybrid sports car.
The NSX was last seen at Nurburging last year where it impressed with its lap times. Previously indicated to power the NSX was the 600PS 5.5L V10; however, currently slated to be installed is a new powerplant seen to be the next generation 'valveless throttle' 3.5L V6 coupled with a hybrid system (from the next-gen Legend/Acura RL).
It is expected to produce about 450PS that would place it on the same league as the Toyota FT-HS. Honda is hoping to win over Toyota in the fuel efficiency department.
Honda will have to work on the expected weight deficit due to the SH-AWD system, which will be bolted to an aluminum platform and feature a rear transaxle just like the R35 Nissan GT-R.
Sources say that the next Honda Legend/Acura RL will have the same platform but will be made of steel. The release date and the pricing have yet to be announced.
The NSX was slated for a 2010 debut but the change in direction has pushed it back. Understandably, some fans are questioning whether it was a good decision to replace the V-10, which could have placed the NSX on the same standing as the fierce GT-R. Sound off below.