The new NSX supercar, revealed in its production form in January, will be driven by a petrol-electric system that matches a mid-mounted 3.5 litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with a trio of electric motors.
Honda claims a power rating greater than 410kW for the turbo V6, which features dry-sump lubrication, direct- and port-injection, and, Honda says, a lower centre of gravity than any of its key rivals – which will include the Audi R8.
While the V6 sends power exclusively to the rear wheels, two of the electric motors will drive the front wheels, adding power to the overall package and delivering all-wheel-drive traction in the process.
The third motor – mounted at the rear and linked directly to the crankshaft of the V6 – will add even more ‘oomph’, all of it delivered in combination with a nine-speed dual-clutch auto.
That power package isn’t the focus of today’s drip-feed delivery, however, and Honda remains quiet on overall power and performance figures.
The new NSX’s drivetrain is wrapped in a spaceframe that combines aluminium and carbon-fibre with high-strength steel, promising a lightweight and rigid design.
Honda has also chosen the NSX to mark its first-ever use of ablation casting in the supercar’s construction, which combines the advantages of traditional casting with the energy absorption of an extruded material.
Steel components will include three-dimensionally formed A-pillars, for both rollover strength and a visibility-aiding ultra-thin design.
No surprise that the new NSX’s exterior design was guided by aerodynamics and cooling, and – although details are still to come – Honda promises an “impressive” balance between drag and downforce in the body’s core design, without the need for additional active components.
There’s 10 heat exchangers, three engine radiators and two intercoolers on board for cooling the twin-turbo V6, three electric motors and complex transmission, all fed by precision ducts and venting.
Performance figures likely won’t be revealed for sometime, but reports suggest Honda is aiming for a 0-100km/h time in the neighbourhood of 3.0 seconds.
As for price, current estimates say it will cost around $150,000 in the USA – roughly equivalent with the new 488 and Audi R8, as well as the Porsche 911 Turbo.
What it will cost when it eventually makes it to Australia (which is expected to be late next year) is anyone’s guess, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on Honda’s new supercar until then.
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