Honda Super Sports Concept coming to Detroit, will preview the new NSX

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 29, 2011

Honda is currently developing a Super Sports Concept that is likely to be a top-of-the-line sports coupe. This will arrive after the Small Sports EV Concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. This Super Sports design is expected to be displayed this January at the Detroit Auto Show. This will be a halo model that implies that it will be the spiritual successor to the NSX.

The fact that there are two concepts goes with what Honda chiefs have said would be a range of sports models.

Manabu Nishimae, the President of Honda Motor Europe, said that the company is developing these products for those customers who want Honda sports cars.

Nothing official has been said about the engine transmission of the Super Sports concept but it’s likely to be a high-performance hybrid or electric powertrain to comply with Honda’s thrust towards the further electrification of its range.

Another possibility is an all-wheel drive system. It is believed that the Small Sports EV Concept shown off at Tokyo will arrive at showrooms by 2013.

Honda has chosen Europe to be the venue where it will be unveiling its new NSX Concept. With this concept car, Honda hopes to set a new direction in both the technology and the design of its next-generation of supercars. With a dynamic style, the NSX Concept shows what the brand has in store for its upcoming great performance vehicle.

Inside the NSX Concept are a number of innovative technologies like the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive system or SH-AWD. According to Honda Motor Co., Ltd., President and CEO Takanobu Ito, the SH-AWD equipped in the NSX is the best example of synergy between machine and man. With this, he added, it ensures that the driver becomes one with the car as it can improve dynamic driving qualities without it getting in the way.

Aside from having its V6 engine mid-mounted, there is also the use of lightweight materials. Indeed while other supercars generally go for brute force by having a large engine, the NSX Concept instead follows what is known as true racing philosophy which is to utilize an advantageous power-to-weight ratio.

By having the 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit that has an adjustable bilateral torque control system, it allows the hybrid all-wheel-drive system to immediately get positive torque, or even negative torque, to the front wheels while cornering. The brand thus believes that the handling performance in the NSX will be unlike any of those offered in prior AWD systems.

The SH-AWD system offers excellent handling benefits while there is also the VTEC V6 engine that offers direct injection. The dual clutch transmission, when paired with the transmission housing and integrated with the third electric traction motor, results to a combination that gives the NSX acceleration similar to a supercar. But then, it delivers amazing efficiency.

President Ito said that similar to the first NSX, the brand hopes to show high performance by having engineering efficiency. President Ito is sure on this as he was a member of the development team that made the first NSX. He added by saying that for this new period, Honda is putting emphasis on the essence of the NSX which is that it is fun to drive.

In addition, he continued, a supercar should always be able to positively respond to the environmental responsibilities. Sales of the NSX are slated to begin over the course of the next three years with Honda R&D Americas undergoing the development and actual manufacturing to be done at its facility in Ohio. The NSX Concept is aimed at true sports driving fans, no matter where they may be in the world.

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