Return of the supercar
Honda wants to bring the reborn Us-built NSX down under
THE back-from-the-dead Honda NSX should be confirmed for Australia within months.
The new-age supercar is being raced towards production in the US, complete with a new high-tech factory and— for the first time— an American engineer in charge of development work.
Having shown an NSX concept many times in recent years, Honda is now providing details about the factory in Ohio that will build the car and information on Ted Klaus, the engineering team leader.
It has also opened an order bank in Britain and is promising an early decision on the car for Australia.
I’mat the front of the queue to get it back,’’ Honda Australia director Stephen Collins tells Carsguide. We’re not in a position to confirm anything as yet. But we’re a fair way down the track with it.’’
The new-age NSX will again be a mid-engined supercar, with a V6— as in the 1980s original— and all-wheel drive.
Klaus says: We have a very clear understanding of the high expectations luxury buyers around the world have for a supercar, and our challenge is to exceed them and create new value for the customer.’’
He reveals the car will be built by a specially trained, 100-strong workforce at the new Performance Manufacturing Centre near Honda’s existing Accord factory in Ohio. Engines will be built nearby in another dedicated NSX plant.
The return of the NSX comes almost exactly a decade after production of the original ended. It was built from 1999 at Honda’s Takanezawa factory before production shifted to Suzuka until 2005.
In Australia, fewer than 300 cars were sold and none of the later models was brought here.
We’ve got a solid history with sales of the firstgeneration NSX. I think we sold about 280 of those cars,’’ says Collins. Give that, and the strength it would provide to the brand, and our history, I’m pretty confident.’’
He says the essential business case for the car is already under way and the chances for Australia are boosted by strong early interest from Britain, which is driving development of right-hand drive cars.
Despite the NSX not being confirmed, Collins is preparing a customer plan for the car. That means a priority wait list and dedicated NSX dealers.
I would anticipate that, given its low volume and the special nature of the car, we’ll have some sort of ordering system in place,’’ he says.
Last time we had about a dozen dealers. Given the nature of the car it would be fairly specialised.’’
Yes to NSX: Honda will take special orders for the reborn icon