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Honda NSX 2015 preview: latest technical details
Updated: Honda reveals more technical information on its hybrid supercar
Honda’s NSX is yet to hit the streets, but the new Honda supercar mixes futuristic lines with an advanced hybrid powertrain. Touted as a Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT rival, the new Honda packs more power and more presence than the iconic performance car with which it shares its name.
Read on to learn all the key details and features of the new car.
Little more than the name links the NSX with its historical predecessor, because the new NSX (built in Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio from 2016) features a complex hybrid powertrain.
At a basic level, this is made up of two independent electric motors that drive the front axle, and a single electric motor that’s linked directly to the crankshaft of a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a nine-speed DCT gearbox.
The V6 displaces 3.5 litres and features both direct and port injection. The cylinder banks are 75 degrees apart, and the block is dry-sumped - beneficial for both packaging (as the engine can be mounted lower) and reducing oil starvation in high-speed cornering. Honda says the low V6 contributes to the lowest centre of gravity in its class.
Chassis and body
The car sits low on 19- and 20-inch multispoke alloys, and features Honda’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-wheel drive tech. This comprises an integrated dynamic system which cycles through four modes: Quiet (presumably full-electric), Sport, Sport + and Track modes. There's also variable-ratio steering to enhance responses.
Connecting all this together is what Honda calls its Multi-Material Body. The NSX's monocoque is an aluminium-intensive spaceframe with high-strength steel components. New 'ablation casting' techniques mean certain areas, where strength is key, are stronger than ever - the technique reduces the brittle nature of traditional castings. This, like the car's construction in general, is done in-house at Honda's Marysville plant.
We've got a full gallery of images of the car from the Geneva Motor Show below