Report: Honda restores plans for NSX successor

Article by Christian A., on November 25, 2010

A source said that Honda didn’t let go of its plans to build a successor to the NSX and that the project wasn’t completely shelved. This source said that instead, the NSX is in a different form and that its flagship two-door has been given a more market-friendly and eco-friendly sports-car approach.

It can be recalled that the V-10-powered post-NSX concept had come during the economic crisis and reportedly had to be cancelled.

The source said that the technology that will be used will be completely different than Toyota's THS-II hybrid system and that it will enable Honda's new sports coupe to be driven with “either a clutch and an engine only, the engine and motor only, or the motor only.”

It will also have a manual transmission option. It is also believed that it will use modified Accord platform, and that it will be powered by either a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6.

But other sources have said that it’s likely to feature the 3.5-liter V-6 because a patent application spied in Japan specifies a "V6 powertrain developing upwards of 400hp."

A source said that Honda doesn’t consider the CR-Z to be a sports car but rather as a sporty coupe and a step towards the hybrid-sports direction. This source added that to qualify as a sports car, it needs to have the potential of an NSX or an S2000, which is what Honda is aiming for.

It has been two decades and a half since the first NSX supercar made its appearance and stunned the world with both its design and speed. Now, the successor of this paradigm-shifting supercar has been revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show).

Finished in stunning NSX Red finish and powered by a twin-turbocharged engine, the Acura NSX unveiled at Detroit was intended to fully reveal the final production version of the mid-engine sports hybrid supercar, including its exterior and interior styling as well as inherent specs. Due to arrive to customers’ garages later this year, the new Acura NSX could be ordered starting in the summer.

Just like the first-generation model, the new Acura NSX was developed and designed to inject a "new sports experience" to the supercar segment, thereby contesting the common norms and beliefs about supercars. Since the development of the new Acura NSX focused on creating a "human-centered supercar" -- the driver is the main consideration in the design. This supercar features a ground-breaking hybrid powertrain, as well as exceptional body and chassis that are tuned to respond intuitively and immediately to the inputs of the pilot.

Serving as the core of the new Acura NSX is a new powertrain that includes a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine, a three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system, and a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). This powertrain is complemented by a lightweight yet ultra-rigid multi-material body.

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