Motoring Reporter
1 minute read
25 Jan 2015
8:00 am

Get ready, get set, get Honda

Motoring Reporter

Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura, the super-luxury arm of Honda revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor – the next-generation Acura NSX, or as it will be known in South Africa, the Honda NSX.

The heart of the NSX is a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system – integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body.

The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors that deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring, in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance.

The NSX body utilises a space frame design—an internal frame constructed of aluminium, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials.

Torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by this ultra-rigid structure, which also utilises advanced joining technologies.

The NSX features world-first casting technology that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the strength and elongation properties of a forged material.

The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminium and sheet moulding composite.

The NSX utilises a fully independent, all-aluminium front and rear suspension and puts its considerable power down through ContiSportContact™ high-performance tyres – 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear-mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels.

Powerful, natural and confident braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs. – Own correspondent