The NSX, that is scheduled to make its public appearance at the Detroit motor show 2015, has been spotted testing close to the Nürburgring. The NSX was first showcased in concept form at the Detroit motor show in 2012. It is expected to go on sale in international markets towards the middle of next year.
Honda has confirmed the new model will be built at its Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio, US. The firm has promised the new car will offer "the excitement of a [Ferrari] 458 at the price of the [Porsche] 911." Along with Ferrari and Porsche, other benchmark cars used by the manufacturer during development include the Nissan GT-R, Audi R8 and McLaren 12C.
Now in the final stages of testing, latest prototypes have been seen sporting a new lower front grille and new air vents in the bonnet.
The production form of the Honda NSX will retain the concept's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system, which sees a mid-mounted V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor which drives the rear wheels. Twin electric motors also drive the front wheels, while the powertrain is fixed to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Total power is likely to be around 400bhp, but the most significant factor in the NSX's performance is likely to be its torque - harvested from three electric motors as well as the engine. Its layout should also provide the NSX with sharp handling, as the twin electric motors in the front also allow torque vectoring.
First Published: Oct 30, 2014 16:06 IST