What should we expect?
It’s been quite a while since Honda had the NSX nameplate in production, with the last models rolling off the line in 2005. When it was first revealed that an all-new edition would be a hybrid, we could have been forgiven for thinking that the manufacturer wasn’t exactly living up to this car’s iconic heritage. However, with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder showing us exactly what can be achieved nowadays with a hybrid powertrain, there’s plenty to look forward to with the coming release of the Acura supercar.
Why should I wait for the 2016?
If you’re in the market for a cutting-edge sports car, you may want to keep your powder dry until full details and reviews of this offering are available. It may not outperform a Ferrari 458 or a Lamborghini Huracan when we get our hands on it, but if you want a high-performance sports car that is completely contemporary, won’t kill the planet and comes at a relatively good price, this will be worth the wait.
What about the styling?
If you have even a passing interest in the new car, you probably have seen loads of pictures of it on the Internet already. The shape is everything you would want from such a car, and it carries on from where the old model left off without looking retro. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like a sensible rendering of something like a Lamborghini.
What about the mechanicals?
While the exterior is every inch a traditional sports car, what’s going on under the hood is anything but conventional. The car will be built on a mid-engine platform that is all-new and totally unique, with a longitudinally mounted, twin-turbo V-6 engine behind the passengers and its electric propulsion system in the front. We expect to see a dual-clutch automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor, along with a pair of additional electric motors — each being assigned to an individual front wheel. While it will feature a system that looks a lot like the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) in the RLX Sport Hybrid, we’ve heard that the NSX system will feature a lot of unique parts rather than being just a flipping of the RLX unit. Expect a total power output of something around 500 horsepower, which shows just how far from a normal hybrid this car is going to be.
What will the fuel economy be like?
When we hear the term “hybrid,” we obviously think of fuel economy first and foremost. Although we’re sure this vehicle will deliver impressive fuel consumption figures when driven carefully, don’t expect 40 mpg when your foot is to the floor. Compared to something like a Ferrari 458 Italia, the NSX’s mileage will probably seem impressive. However, this is no Nissan LEAF, that’s for sure!
Will it have new features?
While many “new” cars these days are built on a common platform with other models, this will be truly all-new from the ground up. However, we should expect to see a lot of safety, connectivity and infotainment features that are already appearing in cars like the RLX. Despite its performance credentials, we don’t expect the NSX to be a stripped-down racer that’s lacking in creature comforts and refinement.
What will it cost?
There’s been no official word about pricing, but most commentators expect it to come in at somewhere around the $100,000 mark, which isn’t bad considering the power and performance being offered.
When will it come out?
This has felt like one of the longest pregnancies in history, as we’ve been seeing concepts since 2012. But we really do anticipate that it will have a release date in the middle of 2015.
What will make the NSX stand out?
A hybrid powertrain delivering performance that will rival the likes of the GT-R and the R8 is the obvious unique selling point. But combining that with stunning good-looks and Acura luxury and reliability should make this an incredibly sought-after car when it finally lands in showrooms.
By 2005, the original NSX was only selling in the hundreds of units worldwide, which led Honda to conclude that the car’s high production costs were making it unviable as a commercial proposition. While the expected $100,000 price ticket of the new offering will mean it’s never going to sell in numbers like the Accord, everything we’ve heard has led us to believe that this will be anything but a commercial failure.