Honda’s all-new NSX supercar won’t reach its first customers until the middle of next year, owing to a delay of around six months.
Reports suggest the Acura version of the NSX to be sold in the US is the cause of the delay, as a late change to the engine layout will force a rethink on the production line.
Still, the eager early owners who have already put down a deposit in anticipation of the NSX will probably excuse Honda for the delay now that they know exactly what they’re getting…
Honda has previously confirmed the NSX will be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid setup with power reaching all four wheels.
The floor will be made from carbon-fibre as part of a multi-layered structure which includes high-strength steel and aluminium, and the whole package weighs in at around 1730kg. The new NSX is 4470mm long.
Power comes from a 373kW/550Nm twin-turbocharged petrol V6 matched with three electric motors and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All told, NSX drivers will have a combined 427kW and 644Nm under their right foot.
One of the electric motors is mounted between the petrol engine and the transmission, and its job is to support braking, acceleration and gear changes. The remaining electric units are connected one each to the front wheels.
Four selectable modes will be available to the driver, including Sport, Sport Plus, Track and an all-electric mode, which offers emissions-free driving for a short distance.
The front wheels are 19-inch in diameter with 20-inch wheels at the rear, and six-piston callipers up front and four-piston at the rear take care of stopping.
The NSX will hit 60 MPH (96km/h) in about 3.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 307km/h.
Pricing for the US market is tipped to start at around US$170,000 (AU$235,000). The NSX has been confirmed for an Australian launch, but exact timing, pricing and specifications are yet to be finalised.
Beyond the first-up coupe version, Honda is tipped to be working on a convertible NSX along with a dedicated racing version for further down the track.
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