New Honda NSX: Audi R8 Price, Ferrari 458 Performance? Photo:
Mike Stevens | Oct, 09 2014 | 13 Comments

The Honda end of the internet has been abuzz with talk in recent weeks of the brand’s more affordable performer, the upcoming Civic Type R hatch.

You could be forgiven then for forgetting that another hot Honda is on the horizon, the new NSX supercar.

Honda’s reborn coupe, spied testing in recent weeks, is expected to hit showrooms in either late 2015 or early 2016.

But, while that debut is at least a full year away, new details have surfaced online that shed new light on a trio of key factors: position, price and performance.

If these reports are to be believed, the new NSX won’t be cheap, but the company believes its performance will more than justify a prestige-level price tag.

And, after all, the new model will be sold in the US as an Acura - Honda’s Lexus and Infiniti-rivalling premium brand.

Speaking with the UK’s What Car this week, NSX development boss Ted Klaus offered a hint of what buyers can expect.

Price? “I think we are aiming within the range of the Audi R8,” Klaus told the Magazine.

Performance? “We have to achieve the type of acceleration that the customer is achieving with the Ferrari,” Klaus said, and while he does not specify a model, What Car claims he is referencing the 458 Italia.

In Australia, the R8 begins at $279,500, where it does battle with models like the Porsche 911 and, it is expected, the new Mercedes-AMG GT.

It’s a price range that isn’t far off the roughly $250,000 price tag that local Honda boss Stephen Collins has hinted at in recent months.

With the first NSX also wearing a $245,000 price tag back in the day, this figure could even be considered a pleasant surprise - particularly if the new supercar can come close to the Ferrari 458’s performance.

There is still very little known about the new NSX’s final mechanical package, however. For now, the carmaker has confirmed only that it will be powered by a 230kW+ petrol V6 matched to electric drive motors and a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Likewise, acceleration data has not been revealed, although a figure in the low four-second range appears the most popular rumour.

All of this will be packed into a lightweight body loaded with aluminium and carbon-fibre - the right ingredients for taking on Europe’s elite performers.

Watch for more details on the new NSX to surface over the coming year as Honda nears its late 2015 or early 2016 unveiling.

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