2016 Honda NSX - Main

As promised, Honda has finally unveiled the second-generation Honda NSX in its spectacular production-bound form at the North American International Auto Show 2015. With updated design and specs, the mid-engine hybrid sports car is open for bookings again after Honda stopped accepting orders last year.

Compared to the concept, which had been teased time after time during its development stage, the production NSX bears quite a number of changes in terms of styling and mechanicals. The car has been tested extensively at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Ohio, leading to significant changes from the 2013 concept to the final body design.

For instance, the front fascia gets a reworked bumper with new intakes on both sides, new hood vents and front splitter as well as sharper headlight design. Moving to the sides, the size of the intakes at the C-pillar has has been increased to collect more air for the engine. The rear section retains the boomerang-shaped taillights but sports restyled bumper along with an Aventador-style central tailpipe.

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Not only that, the NSX has also grown in size. Measuring at 4,470 mm in length, 1,940 mm in width and 1,215 in height, the production model is actually 80 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 15 mm taller over the concept. The wheelbase has also been increased from 2,610 mm to 2,630 mm. That said, measurement of front and rear tracks remain unchanged.

Beneath the handsomely sculpted aluminium/sheet moulding composite (SMC) body panels is a space frame that is made of aluminium, ultra-high strength steel and “other advanced materials.” The structure is anchored by a carbon fibre floor, resulting in a more rigid construction.

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The cabin a.k.a Human Support Cockpit has been completely revamped to provide better visibility and use of space and ergonomics. The seats are said to feature immense holding performance while the A-pillar is made as thin as possible to avoid view blockage. The cabin is also fitted with a low-mounted instrument panel, which holds the TFT LCD display and a Power button that readies the hybrid drivetrain located in the centre console.

At the heart of the NSX is the quirky-named Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that consists of a twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors – one on the rear axle to assist in acceleration, braking and gear shifts and two on on the front axle to provide dynamic torque vectoring. Coupled to a new nine-speed dual clutch transmission, the drivetrain makes a combined output of more than 550 hp.

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It employs a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension and carbon ceramic brakes with six and four-piston monoblock calipers. The NSX wears 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) aluminium alloy wheels shod with ContiSportContact tyres.

As confirmed back in 2013, production of the Honda NSX will be carried out at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Ohio with first deliveries expected later this year.

 



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