Our intrepid spy professional photographers have identified a production prototype of the reborn Honda NSX testing at the Nurburgring, with a business spokesperson confirming the drive was “part of its advancement as well as testing programme”.
These shots of the new hybrid supercar expose a number of striking similarities to the most recent concept that debuted early last year at the Detroit motor Show. Although toned down, the arrow-like nose as well as huge trapezoidal air inlets have been brought over, as well as moving additionally back there’s the exact same unique flying buttresses.
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From the rear, the C-shaped lights – linked at the top by a full-length, horizontal brake light – are one more huge giveaway. The only evident differences we can make out on this admittedly heavily camouflaged test mule is a somewhat less streamlined roofline, a a lot more pronounced rear spoiler, plus broader headlights as well as redesigned wing mirrors.
We already understand Honda’s plans for under the skin of the vehicle – the brand previewed the NSX’s ingenious hybrid powertrain at this year’s Geneva motor Show. Housed within a lightweight body, a longitudinally-mounted direct-injection V6 petrol engine drives the rear wheels, boosted by an electric motor that’s developed into the recently established dual-clutch gearbox.
There’s likewise one more two electric motors for the front axle, which can separately vary the amount of torque used to sharpen handling. Honda phone calls the configuration its sport hybrid SH-AWD (Super managing All-Wheel Drive) as well as is aiming for a integrated petrol-electric power output of over 400bhp.
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Production will take location at the Japanese manufacturer’s brand-new factory in Ohio, USA. Called the performance producing Centre, it procedures in at 184,000 square feet as well as expense $70million (£42m) to build. later in the car’s lifecycle, this is likewise where a track-focused type R variant, as well as an NSX convertible, are likely to be built.
An official debut for the basic vehicle is expected early next year, potentially at the Detroit motor show in January, prior to a summertime 2015 UK launch. Honda is believed to be aiming for a starting cost around the £100,000 mark, which will see the NSX line up against the recently-launched BMW i8 as well as forthcoming second-generation Audi R8.
The new Honda NSX has been a long time coming however now the production version isn’t far off. Are you excited? tell us exactly how ecstatic in the comments section below…