First Australian buyers of the hybrid supercar can expect delivery early next year and the five specialist Honda NSX dealerships are already holding orders.
Honda’s facility in Marysville, Ohio employs 12 patent-pending technologies to produce a specialist sports car like the NSX with groundbreaking techniques in welding, body construction, painting, final assembly and quality confirmation.
Even with a fully robotic MIG welding process for the aluminium-intensive space frame, each Honda NSX requires 14 hours of specialist hand assembly by 16 technicians. Every bolt is hand started by a technician and body panels are installed manually from the inside out to ensure symmetrical side-to-side fitment.
The 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear direct-drive electric motor are assembled at Honda’s facility in nearby Anna, Ohio.
Each engine is machine balanced and bench-tested for the equivalent of 200kms before installation.
The front-mounted Twin Motor Unit which provides the world’s first electrically-powered torque vectoring is installed in Marysville.
Honda doesn’t quote a zero to 100km/h time for the NSX, preferring to simply say the $420,000 (plus on-road costs) hybrid supercar achieves that mark in under three seconds – so it’s probably faster than the Ferrari 488 (3.0 seconds) and on the same page as the Lamborghini Aventador LP750 (2.8 seconds)…impressive by any standards.
And, really in that context, Honda’s supercar is somewhat of a bargain.