New Honda NSX two years away from launch
Honda has opened a pre-order bank for the new Honda NSX despite the fact it is not due to be launched until 2015. Phil Crossman, Managing Director of Honda (UK), said “we are really pleased with the interest we’ve already seen for the new NSX. We are still two years away from the launch of the car and yet we’ve received over twenty deposits and that’s before we’ve even announced prices or seen the final production car. With this process in place we are confident demand will remain strong and early hand raisers can now visit any Honda dealership in the UK and place a deposit.” The deposit needed to secure your supercar is £5000.
The Honda NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 petrol engine driving the rear wheels, while a pair of electric motors supply power to the fronts. The system is dubbed Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). The two Electric Motor Drive Units on the front end will be equipped with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, so the new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. The car was viewed by Top Gear at the Detroit Motor Show who said this could be one of most exciting supercars to be driven this decade. As for the interior, Honda placed emphasis on minimising clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience using an intuitive “Simple Sports Interface” that creates a synergy between man and machine. Normally concept cockpits are quite far off how the production car will look but the Honda NSX concept gives a clear view of what you will get with a traditional rear view mirror and storage compartments. There is also an oblong screen in the middle of the dash under which is a straightforward cluster of buttons for the gearbox, handbrake and sport modes. The steering wheel is round-ish, with three spokes. The seats are thin and beautifully sculpted in fact the new Honda NSX has been reported to feel very much like the inside of the McLaren 12C.
The first-generation Honda NSX was launched in 1990 and spent 15 years in production, selling 18,000 units globally, with 290 of those finding homes in the UK. The new Honda NSX will be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio, USA. It is not the first time Honda has taken pre-orders; the previous Honda NSX saw twenty five pre-orders taken a year ahead of its UK launch.