Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Seán Ward0
New Honda NSX Uncovered
Like the original NSX, it will have a mid-engine, two seat layout, and have a V6 engine powering the rear wheels. Unlike the original, though, it has two electric motors, one to power each of the front wheels.
Honda calls the system SH-AWD, which stands for Super Handling All Wheel Drive.
It will have a six-speed, twin-clutch paddle-shift transmission, and will hopefully stick to the principles that made the original such a huge success, and such a shock for the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Covers were lifted this morning by Honda’s CEO Takanobu Ito, who led the NSX project 25 years ago.
“That was the biggest engineering challenge of our lives,” said Ito. “The key attributes had to be power and weight, which is why we ended up making it out of aluminium.
“In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.
“The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”
Power figures have yet to be announced, but Ito says that it will stick to the principles set down by the old NSX: “Engineering efficiency and light weight.”
Sales will start in the USA under the brand name Acura in early 2014 and to Europe under the Honda name later in the year.