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Mike Stevens | Dec, 18 2014 | 1 Comment

Honda has confirmed that its reborn NSX hero will make its production debut next month, some four years since it first appeared in concept form.

The new NSX has appeared a number of times since late 2011, when it first rolled into public as a roadster driven by actor Robert Downey Jr ahead of the first Avengers film.

Even before that, in 2007, Honda revealed an NSX concept that was ultimately cancelled - but not before yet another version of the coupe was produced exclusively for Japan’s Super GT racing series.

But, while that earlier version was to be powered by a very super V10 engine, shifting priorities in the supercar fraternity has seen Honda move to a petrol-electric hybrid system - just as McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari have all done with their own hero cars.

Exact details for the production NSX are still to be confirmed, but the most recent concept was known to feature a mid-mounted petrol V6 engine mated to an electric motor-driven SH-AWD system - the latter adding both power and all-wheel-drive stability.

Honda says we can expect a largely aluminium and carbon fibre body, and while it hasn’t confirmed figures, we can likely expect 0-100km/h times in the realm of 4.0 to 4.5 seconds.

Recent reports have also suggested that Honda is pushing to deliver Ferrari 458-rivalling performance at an Audi R8 price point.

Striking such a balance could make the NSX something of a performance bargain, although some may be deterred by the idea of paying Audi money for a Honda.

This begs the question: if the new NSX can match Ferrari's 458 on the track, just how much should buyers expect to get it for?

MORE: New Honda NSX: R8 Price, 458 Performance?

 

Australia

Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins last year confirmed that a local launch for the new NSX is on the cards.

“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.”

It may not be here immediately, however. Honda is coy on local launch timing, but a spokesperson has told TMR that the NSX should arrive within the next two years.

MORE: NSX Revealed Again In Detroit
MORE: NSX Confirmed For Australia

 
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