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New trims and features detailed in latest Honda NSX appearance
Updated: Honda reveals more technical information on its hybrid supercar and first specification details
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 from which it takes its name.
Read on to learn all the key details and features of the new car.
Features and options
The Honda NSX has made its latest appearance at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, showing off some of the features and options that will be offered to buyers.
While presented at The Quail as an Acura – Honda’s luxury brand that also sold Honda’s previous NSX in the United States – the features should be a good indication of the equipment available to buyers in all markets.
As a built-to-order vehicle, customers will be able to personalise their NSX to a higher degree than any Honda before, with exterior and interior packages, different wheel options and interior technology packages.
Three cars appeared at The Quail – one the Valencia Red Pearl model previously exhibited at various shows, with a Nouvelle Blue Pearl car and Berlina Black example joining it.
The blue car features a Carbon Exterior Package, with carbonfibre front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser and exhaust finisher. It also has carbonfibre front, side and rear engine covers, a carbon roof and NSX Exclusive interwoven alloy wheels.
Inside, it features Orchid-coloured trim with further carbonfibre additions in the form of a Carbon Sports Package – including the instrument binnacle cover and steering wheel trim, while the pedals and footrest and aluminium. The seats are leather and Alcantara, while the headlining is also Alcantara.
The black car also features the carbonfibre interior and exterior packs, the carbon roof and carbon engine cover. Wheels on the black car are ‘Signature Y-spoke’ alloy wheels, and both cars have an infotainment package including a 9-speaker audio system, navigation, satellite radio and parking sensors.
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.
You'll find the latest images of Honda's new NSX below.