Official: Honda developing new NSX sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: the new Honda NSX project received green light! According to Autocar, who spoke with Honda's R&D chief Mibe Toshihiro, the work is underway and the car could be on sale as early as next year. Although there are no details regarding the new car, Mibe Toshihiro told our sources that Honda was ready to start work on the next generation of its electric and hybrid vehicles and suggested that the new car will be evaluated as part of that project.

The old NSX weighed 1350kg and had 290bhp, but its successor is expected to be very different comparing it with the iconic model because it has to take on cars such as the Nissan GT-R.

A concept version of the car might arrive at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, while a production version of the car could debut early in 2012. Still, timescales for the project are said to be flexible as Japan has to recover from the earthquake in March.

"We are now at a point where we can consider the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles," said Toshihiro, according to Autocar. "President Ito has already mentioned a new NSX, and we have looked at that in the R&D department. It would be an interesting project - electric or hybrid vehicles can be fun as well as economical. More than that I cannot say."

The Japanese-made Honda NSX or also known as Acura NSX in Hong Kong and North America actually means “New Sports eXperimental”. This very expensive car has an all-aluminium chassis and body, RWD layout and a mid engine. The C32B V6 engine has been renowned for its 290bhp and 224ft.lbf of torque.

In 2005, Honda stopped producing the NSX after fifteen years. They built the last European version around September while the North American version was last produced around December of the same year.

Many people were awed by the NSX’s futuristic design when it first came out in 1990. Needless to say, the NSX was pitted against the most popular brands such as the Chevrolet Corvette and other European cars during that time.

The impressive outcome and timely release of the NSX was able to show off Honda’s amazing technology. Honda was also able to introduce Ayrton Senna’s design along with the advanced titanium connecting rods on the NSX.

In 1991, Wheels Magazine Australia named the Honda NSX as the Car of the Year. After many years, the NSX has built a solid fan base due to its outstanding style, body type, and drivetrain as well as the car’s impressive handling. Though for some people back then, the extent of its engine powers were not so impressive. As time passed by, the NSX proved to deliver the highest (naturally aspirated V6) specific output per litre.

It was the 20th day of July, a few days after Honda announced that it would stop producing the legendary NSX, when Takeo Fukui (Honda CEO) said that they are actually developing a new breed of NSX in the near future. This NSX is said to be available in 3-4 years. Many believed that the all-new NSX would come up with a V10 motor (similar to the Formula 1 supercars). They also think that the Acura RL’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive technology will be used on the new NSX model. Looks like some of these are actually coming out real soon.

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