Honda (UK) opens pre-order bank for latest NSX

Article by Anita Panait, on April 19, 2013

Honda (UK) has launched a pre-order bank for the new Honda NSX to keep up with the exceptional demand for the supercar. By making a deposit of £5,000, interested buyers could become one of the first persons in the United Kingdom to drive a brand new NSX when it is rolled out in the country in 2015. Honda unveiled a dynamically-styled NSX Concept at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012, providing a glimpse of how the carmaker’s next performance vehicle would look like.

NSX Concept features a low and wide stance and comes with a dynamic proportions underscored by simple yet modern surfacing as well as edgy details that exudes attitude of a true supercar. The NSX Concept features an interior that comes with excellent outstanding visibility and a strong driving position.

The vehicle boasts of the “Simple Sports Interface” that reduces interior clutter, thereby allowing a driver to enjoy the driving experience. Just like the original NSX, the new supercar is developed by designers to deliver synergy between man and machine.

New NSX has a mission to deliver an all- new sports car experience that mixes supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance.  The NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 engine paired to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

The powertrain will be installed with a distinct 2-Electric Motor Drive Unit that comes with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that will allow it to provide negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, which Honda expects will deliver handling performance not shown by previous AWD systems.

Honda has tasked the development of the new NSX to a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. Honda will build the new NSX at a new production site in central Ohio.

According to Michelle Christensen, NSX exterior design project leader, the new NSX is result of the so-called 'Interwoven Dynamic' design, allowing it to ideally blend the form of an exotic sports car and function of a supercar.

Featuring low and wide proportions, the body of the new NSX is fitted with modern surfacing, an assertive front end as well as tail lights that pay tribute to the original NSX. The NSX also features signature side intake and floating C-pillar that doesn’t only guide air for the mid-mounted engine but directs airflow over the rear deck for higher downforce.

Compared to the NSX Concept unveiled in 2012, the new Honda production car is longer by three inches and wider by an inch to allow the fitment of the new twin-turbo V6 engine and its nine-speed DCT. This configuration resulted to a production version featuring a slightly more cab-forward package than the NSX Concept.

Honda shaped all elements of the exterior body design to allow for a total airflow management for the vehicle systems cooling and downforce. To ensure that everything works fine as designed and to further refine its styling, the new NSX was made to undergo extensive wind tunnel testing in Raymond, Ohio. These tests allowed Honda to tweak the body design to its final form -- new front fender vents, modified hood vents, revised side air intakes and an optimized deck spoiler.

Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader, remarked that in line with the 'human-centered supercar' development concept, Honda designed the new NSX with an unprecedented focus on the driver. He added that just like the original NSX, the latest model comes with a 'Human Support Cockpit' that could provide outstanding driver control, visibility as well as packaging. Moreover, this driver-focused cockpit has been advanced to meet the performance level as expected of a modern supercar.

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