2015 Honda NSX revealed
The 2015 Honda NSX has been revealed overnight at the Detroit Motor Show, marking the 25th anniversary of the original NSX.
THE 2015 HONDA NSX (known as Acura NSX in the US) which has been designed, engineered and produced in the US was revealed overnight at the Detroit Motor Show. The mid-engined, hybrid supercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission and matched to a three-electric motor “Sport Hybrid” system. The new NSX also gets Honda’s new Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) which it claims is the most sophisticated all-wheel drive system in production vehicles.
The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which should mean an almost zero delay in get-up-and-go, they also shuffle torque from left to right as needed to maintain grip and control. Like most performance cars on the planet, the new NSX has undergone testing at the Nurburgring where, during one of its tests, it famously caught fire, delaying the reveal.
The new NSX gets fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension with19x8.5-inch wheels (front) and 20×11-inch (rear) wheels wrapped in ContiSportContact rubber: 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear. Braking is taken care of by six-piston front and four-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and Track mode.
The original NSX was the first all-aluminium supercar and Honda says it has continued its world’s-first material applications with this new model. The NSX body utilises a space frame design—an internal frame constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other materials. This is anchored by a carbon-fibre floor. The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).
Like the original NSX, the all-new model sits low and wide with head- and tail-lights that pay homage to the original car. As does the signature side intake and floating C-pillar; the intake not only feeds air into the mid-mounted engine, but also channels air across the rear of the car for increased downforce at high speed.
Honda says it had to lengthen (by three inches) and widen (by one inch) the NSX (from the concept) to accommodate the longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, resulting in a slightly more cab-forward look when compared with the NSX Concept from 2012.
“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”
“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”
“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”
The Honda NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, US.