NZ Performance Car - - Insideline -

Fi­nally the news all Honda fans have been wait­ing for, a date for the of­fi­cial re­lease of the Acura/Honda NSX pro­duc­tion model. The NSX was re­leased at the Detroit Mo­tor­show in early Jan­uary this year, con­firm­ing plenty of the awe­some fea­tures which had just been spec­u­la­tion un­til now. It will use a 75-de­gree DOHC V6 en­gine, with twin tur­bocharg­ers and three elec­tric mo­tors in a set-up dubbed the ‘Sport Hy­brid sys­tem’. With this com­bi­na­tion of tried and tested tech­nol­ogy and pi­o­neer­ing elec­tronic wiz­ardry, the NSX is said to pro­duce a GT-R–beat­ing 410kW (550hp). But if it hopes to com­pete with the lat­est from Nis­san, it would need to be all-wheel drive. And it is.

The car gets a nine-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, so gear changes should be seam­lessly con­ducted via the steer­ing wheel–mounted flappy pad­dles. But the chas­sis is what gets us most ex­cited, as the last NSX was com­pletely state-of-the-art, so find­ing out what was be­neath this model’s skin was some­thing we couldn’t wait for. It will be con­structed out of alu­minium and steel, with a car­bon fi­bre floor. The body pan­els are made of alu­minium and a fi­bre­glass-like sheet mould­ing com­pound. The 19- by 8.5-inch wheels up front and 20- by 11-inch wheels down the back are wrapped in 245/35 and 295/30 Con­ti­nen­tal Con­tiSport­Con­tact tyres. Brak­ing is taken care of by six-pot front calipers and four-pot rears, clamp­ing onto car­bon-ce­ramic discs.

The in­te­rior is ex­tremely lux­u­ri­ous — Honda has cer­tainly come a long way since the early ’90s. There is plenty of leather and alu­minium in­side the cabin, and an ex­tremely fancy steer­ing wheel with ev­ery con­trol you could ever need right at your fin­ger­tips. You will even get a dial to ac­ti­vate dif­fer­ent modes to al­ter the han­dling. But as we re­ported last is­sue, pre­sales went nuts over­seas, and they sold out even be­fore a price or spec sheet had been re­leased, so you won’t be pop­ping down to your lo­cal Honda deal­er­ship for a test drive any time soon.

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