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.
The all-new Honda NSX boasts of an exterior design that well reflects its superb supercar performance. Its exterior adopted the 'Interwoven Dynamic' overarching design theme, which exemplifies the fact that the car follows the concept of “form follows function.”
To this end, Honda created all of the car’s character lines, airflow inlets and outlets, panel shapes, panel creases as well as its overall proportions to achieve a New Sports eXperience. Furthermore, each element of the car’s exterior has been optimized to support its dynamic capabilities while moving forward Honda’s design into the future.
Every aspect of the exterior of the new Honda NSX has its own purpose, a result of thousands of hours of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as well as extensive wind tunnel testing of 40 percent-scale and full-size models.
Honda's familiar family face has been reinterpreted in the new NSX through its sculpted aluminum bonnet – along with its acutely angled slope – tapered front grille and raked LED headlights. Its characteristic multi-LED headlights are split by enlarged mesh-covered air inlets. A sharply creased character line runs from the grille to the slender A-pillars, helping emphasize front wings of the new NSX.