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The long awaited replacement for Honda’s legendary NSX sports car has been officially announced for a 2015 release and orders are already being taken for this highly anticipated successor.
The new NSX, which will either be badged Honda or Acura depending on your geography, has been rumoured and expected for many years and finally broke cover at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012. The NSX is being developed in the USA with engineering teams in California and Ohio. The latter will host production of the new NSX at the so-called Honda Performance Manufacturing Centre.
Development of the car has centred on the same objectives as the original: high performance through engineering efficiency, which is even more relevant today as it was when the original NSX was in production.
The NSX’s power plant is expected to be the same 90-degree, direct-injection V6 that Honda is developing for its return to F1 in 2015. The V6 will be mid-mounted and coupled with two electric motors on the front axle, combining to give Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) which should provide plenty of power for the lightweight chassis and allowing the forward electric motors to manipulate the torque at the front wheels and sharpen handling.
Honda UK are already accepting deposits of £5,000 despite the final price still being a mystery, however, the NSX will be competing directly with the higher-end 911’s and Audi R8 so a price tag of around £100,000 is to be expected. Although this hasn’t deterred the 20 customers who have already paid their deposits in the UK.