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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 19 2013 | 6 Comments

HONDA NSX FOR AUSTRALIA

Honda Australia has officially confirmed that it will be bringing the next-generation Honda NSX to local showrooms.

The news means that Honda's Australian range of sporty road cars will triple by the time the NSX arrives, with the NSX to join the established CR-Z and the incoming Civic Type R.

It will be a return to form for the Japanese manufacturer, which at its peak in the 1990s offered no less than five distinct sports models - CRX, Integra, Prelude, S2000, Civic Type R and, of course, the original NSX. Production of the last NSX ended in 2005.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce today that the NSX is coming to our shores," Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said.

"It was a revolution when it was first launched back in 1990 and this generation aims even higher.

“The NSX has a rich history around the world and diehard fans of this supercar have been waiting a long time for the new model to come to production.

"We can’t wait to offer this vehicle to our customers.”

Honda is coy on local launch timing, but a spokesperson told TMR today that the NSX should be here within the next three years.

With a new Mazda RX-7 expected around that time, along with the next-generation Nissan GT-R, the middle of this decade should prove to be a very interesting time for Japanese sports cars.

Mazda's new MX-5 is also expected to arrive in the next couple of years, and Nissan's successor to the 370Z isn't far away either.

Given the NSX's anticipated popularity in the North American market (where it will be badged as an Acura), production will initially focus on left-hand drive models. Right-hand drive production will commence in the months following.

What can we expect? Try a naturally-aspirated V6 engine putting out around 230kW, augmented by electric drive motors and a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Like most modern supercars, the new Honda NSX will make use of a sophisticated twin-clutch transmission.

Straight-line performance is expected to be in the low four-second range, while the NSX's lightweight aluminium and carbon-fibre construction will keep it light on its feet in corners.

More details - including a solid launch date - will be revealed closer to the NSX's production debut. In the meantime, head here to listen to what Honda's new halo car will sound like.

 
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