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.