Next-gen Honda NSX to go on sale in 2014

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 7, 2011

At the set of the new Avengers movie in Central Park, New York, was where a new Acura-badged Audi R8-sized supercar was spotted. These spy shots prove to fans everywhere that the Honda NSX supercar is back. This Acura supercar actually previews a successor to the Honda NSX. Robert Downey Jr. was seen behind the wheel of the sports car.

Recently, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito gave hints about the arrival of the NSX. He said that the company’s plans to build an exotic sports car are proceeding. Ito said about six months ago that Honda wants to relaunch a high-performance sports car such as the NSX.

A Honda insider said that the Dual Note 4WD hybrid concept (shown in the photo gallery) from the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show was where the company unveiled the technology that will underpin the NSX, says AutoExpress. A 3.5-litre V6 was used to drive the rear wheels and in-wheel electric motors to turn the fronts, delivering more than 400bhp. Honda is still hard at work at perfecting the technology a decade later.

A source said that Honda aims to create a supercar that “breaks the mould while creating a new technological package.” Honda is developing a VTEC V6 engine of between 3.5 to 3.7 liters while lithium-ion batteries will power the twin electric motor set-up.

A plug-in recharge system will be used for a small electric-only range. As a result, torque is given a major boost and it shows off the high-revving quality that has made Hondas popular. Set to go on sale by 2014, this vehicle will have a weight-saving aluminum body and is priced at £65,000, which pits it against a Nissan GT-R.

The long wait is over! After around 25 years since the first NSX supercar was introduced to the automotive world, Acura has now unveiled the production version of the next-generation Acura NSX to the global media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, where the brand also revealed key details of its design and performance. Developed and produced in the United States, the new Acura NSX production model – in NSX Red finish – is the final embodiment of the design, styling and specs of the brand’s mid-engine sports hybrid supercar. Introduced at the Detroit auto show under the theme of "Precision Crafted Performance,” the new NSX represents the apex of Acura performance and prestige.

As the brand’s original tagline, "Precision Crafted Performance” served as a guiding force in the development of the original NSX and was considered a crucial piece of its launch. Driven by this theme, Acura wanted to make sure that the next-generation NSX features a clean-sheet design. Thus, Acura’s global design and engineering team -- led by its engineers at its development center in Raymond, Ohio – spent around three years of intensive development for the next-generation Acura. After all, the goal for the NSX was to bring a "new sports experience" into the supercar segment, thereby challenging the usual beliefs about supercars.

Acura was able to achieve this by employing a new twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine, a three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system and a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). Acura also made use of a lightweight yet ultra-rigid body made from several materials while employing world's-first material applications and manufacturing processes. As a matter of fact, Acura developed the new NSX under the concept of a "human-centered supercar" that places utmost priority on the driver in any element of the design. When launched, the next-generation Acura NSX is expected to leverage its high-tech features and highly innovative hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to provide intuitive and instant response to inputs.

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division, remarked that they were committed to create a new NSX that stays true to the heritage of NSX, delivering a new driving experience in which every part of the supercar respects its driver. He added that the NSX offers an intense and immediate emotional connection between it and the driver. Acura will commence taking custom orders for the new NSX super in the summer, with initial deliveries to customers to take place later this year.

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