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Tony O'Kane | Jan, 13 2015 | 4 Comments

It's been a long and difficult gestation, but Honda's re-born NSX has finally made its debut in production form as the Acura NSX today.

And while its naturally-aspirated, rear-drive and aluminium-bodied predecessor was a segment-changing supercar, the new NSX takes a radically different approach that apes modern-day hypercars.

The NSX's V6 engine is now aligned north-south, sports two turbochargers and makes more than 410kW. It takes power exclusively to the rear wheels, but the NSX is actually all-wheel drive.

How? A pair of electric motors are connected to each front wheel, and differential thrust allows torque vectoring to be employed to improve cornering performance. An electric motor is connected to the rear axle too, for extra thrust.

The turbo/hybrid/AWD configuration borrows the best elements from current hypercars. Its turbocharged and electrically-assisted powertrain follows a similar recipe to the McLaren P1, while its electric front axle drivetrain isn't all that dissimilar to the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The NSX's nine-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox (sorry, no manual will be offered) is completely without precedent for a supercar, however. Steering and braking will also be electrically-actuated, rather than hydraulic.

The NSX will also be able to move by electric power alone, though it's not clear whether a plug-in charging capability will be offered, or how far it will be able to run in EV mode.

While the original NSX was one of the first all-alloy monocoque production cars, its successor will use a more diverse mix of materials.

The core chassis will still be aluminium, but high-strengh steel will also be employed in critical structures like the A-pillar while carbon-fibre sheeting will be used in less load-sensitive areas like the cabin floor.

Suspension arms are all-alloy and Honda will also reduce unsprung mass via carbon-ceramic brake rotors, each gripped by Brembo calipers.

Honda is still keeping precise performance numbers under wraps, but expect it to have a capability somewhat equal to the Nissan GT-R, as well as more exotic metal like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Audi R8 V10 Plus.

As for price, current estimates say it will cost around $150,000 in the USA - roughly equivalent with the 458 and R8 V10, as well as the Porsche 911 Turbo.

What it will cost when it eventually makes it to Australia (which is expected to be sometime 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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