First examples of the Honda/Acura NSX have already been delivered to the United States and Australia, but Japanese customers will have to wait several more months to get the hybrid supercar. The automaker is already accepting applications for custom orders of the vehicle and first customer deliveries will begin on February 27 next year.
Production of the NSX started back in May at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The first assembled example was bought by car collected Rick Hendrick who earned the rights to the highly-anticipated model paying $1.2 million for it at a special auction in January. Currently, 100 production experts at the Ohio plant are assembling between six and eight NSXs each week.
A total of 100 lucky Japanese customers will have the chance to buy the supercar in the first year of production and each of them will have to pay at least 23,700,000 yen (about $235,763 according to current exchange rates). That price does not include insurance premium and taxes.
At NSX’s heart is a hybrid system that consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton meters) of torque, supported by three electric motors – one at the rear axle and two at the front axle. The combined output of the system is rated at 573 hp (427 kW) and 476 lb-ft (644 Nm) of torque – and all that power is delivered linearly, as our Executive Editor Seyth Miersma discovered during his test of the mid-engined coupe.
Massive 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are hiding six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers coupled to carbon ceramic brake discs and providing the stopping power. It’s important to note that Japanese customer deliveries of the examples with iron brake rotors are scheduled to begin in May 2017.
TOKYO, Japan, August 25, 2016 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today began accepting applications in Japan for custom orders of the all-new NSX supercar, which underwent a full redesign for the first time in 26 years since the introduction of the original NSX. The customer delivery will begin on February 27, 2017.
The all-new NSX inherits the “human-centered supercar” concept proposed by the original NSX, which was developed as a supercar with incredible performance, yet one that anyone can drive comfortably. Moreover, the all-new NSX was created to be true to the heritage of NSX and bring the “New Sports eXperience” for this new era by integrating Honda’s original and advanced electrification technologies that have evolved with the times.
In its quest to realize ideal dynamic performance, Honda has long been pursuing research of unique technologies that enable it to utilize the driving force of motors to enhance acceleration and turning performance. The newest technology resulting from such research, Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®), was adopted for the all-new NSX to pursue the new joy of driving made possible by a high-level response and handling performance that are difficult to be achieved solely by an engine.
Moreover, the all-new NSX features linear and powerful acceleration and enhanced head-turning properties realized through the creation of Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®, which combines an all-new mid-mounted, direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a high-output rear direct drive motor and 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and front-mounted Twin Motor Unit with independent, electrically powered left- and right-wheel torque vectoring.
Furthermore, adoption of the Integrated Dynamic System, with four driving modes from which the drive can select the most appropriate set of vehicle characteristics depending on the driving environment, makes the all-new NSX a supercar that can be enjoyed in a broader range of environments, from everyday driving to sporty driving at a racing circuit.
The purchase and servicing of the all-new NSX will be supported by “NSX Performance Dealers” which are selected from the existing Honda Cars network throughout Japan. NSX Performance Dealers will be equipped with special facilities and equipment necessary for the maintenance of this supercar model, and there will be NSX Specialists, NSX service engineers certified by Honda.
|●Sales plan (in Japan, first year):||100 units|
●Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (in Japan):
8% consumption tax
|9-speed DCT||4WD(Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®)||23,700,000 yen|
- *Pricing does not include insurance premium, taxes (excluding consumption tax) and cost related to vehicle registration.
- *Based on the automobile recycling law, a separate recycling charge will be necessary. The recycling charge includes a recycling deposit (cost necessary to recycle shredder dust, airbags, chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and information management cost) and a fund management cost.
- *Customer delivery of the all-new NSX equipped with iron brake rotors is scheduled to begin in May 2017.
- Body colors (Total 8 colors)
- Valencia Red Pearl*1
- Nouvelle Blue Pearl*1
- Nord Gray Metallic*2
- Source Silver Metallic*2
- Casino White Pearl*2
- Berlina Black
- 130R White
- Curva Red
- *1670,000 yen extra charge for Valencia Red Pearl and Nouvelle Blue Pearl
- *285,000 yen extra charge for - Nord Gray Metallic, Source Silver Metallic, and Casino White Pearl
- Interior colors (Total 4 colors)
■Key features of all-new NSX
- Performance -- a faithful translation of the will of the driver
The NSX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is a hybrid system that combines a twin-turbocharged mid-mounted V6 engine equipped with dry sump lubrication system and high-efficiency direct-drive motor, a 9-speed DCT and the Twin Motor Unit (TMU) whose two electric motors independently drive the left and right front wheels. The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is equipped with a system that controls the driving force of all four wheels electrically.
The TMU enables highly sophisticated torque vectoring which not only freely controls positive torque (drive force) but also negative torque (braking force), which helps the all-new NSX to realize super-precise line tracing at all speeds. With these technologies, the all-new NSX inherits the philosophy of the original NSX – to bring out the driver’s ability to the fullest extent and to deliver a New Sports eXperience – for a new era which is a faithful translation of the will of the driver.
- Lightweight yet rigid body
The multi-material space frame, which is made mostly of high-rigidity extruded aluminum was developed for the all-new NSX. Building upon achievements amassed through the long history of fundamental research at Honda, the world’s first*3 automotive application of new ablation casting technology and a three-dimensionally bent and quenched (3DQ) ultra-high-strength steel tube front pillar were adopted to realize lightweight, high-rigidity, high space efficiency and excellent collision safety.
- Excellent dynamic performance
Combined with 19-inch front tires, 20-inch rear tires and forged aluminum wheels, the fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspensions demonstrate extremely high dynamic performance. Moreover, front 6-pot and rear 4-pot monoblock calipers and carbon ceramic brake discs*4 realize braking force with powerful yet natural feel.
- Integrated Dynamic System offers four modes for different driving situations
Using the Dynamic Mode dial, the driver can switch modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+ or Track – to accommodate a broad range of driving environments from city driving to circuit driving. The system applies high-precision integrated control over the response of the engine, motors, transmission and chassis. Quiet mode gives the driver the ability to prioritize electric-only driving that makes the NSX virtually silent at lower speeds. Track mode enables the all-new NSX to demonstrate its ultimate dynamic performance. In Track mode, Launch Mode Control is available for maximum possible acceleration from a standstill, using the full capacity of three motors.
- Exterior features both outstanding design and aerodynamic performance
A cab-forward package blending exotic exterior form and supercar functionality at a high level was achieved under the exterior design concept of “interwoven dynamic.” Each component of the exterior design realizes functionality such as creating downforce to increase stability and effective airflow management for engine cooling. Excellent aerodynamic performance of the NSX exterior was achieved through numerous tests conducted at advanced wind tunnel facilities in Ohio and Tochigi.
- Interior emphasizes visibility and comfort
Under the concept of “human-support cockpit,” the interior was designed to allow the driver to focus on driving. The NSX interior design embodies the NSX development concept of “human-centered supercar” through significantly enhanced forward visibility, a meter panel that realized high visibility by adopting a full-color liquid crystal display, a simple and intuitive interface, ergonomically designed seats with excellent support and ease of ingress and egress.
- Production at the exclusive manufacturing facility where state-of-the-art technologies and human craftsmanship are combined
At the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) located in the area adjacent to Honda’s automobile production plant in Marysville, Ohio, approximately 100 associates are engaged in body construction, painting and final assembly of the all-new NSX based on the PMC concept of the “perfect blend of state-of-the-art production technologies and human craftsmanship.” It has been a common practice in the supercar world to outsource body construction to outside suppliers. However, Honda completes everything – from body construction to final assembly – in-house so that it can deliver the all-new, extremely high-precision and high-quality NSX to its customers.
- *3Honda internal research
- *4Available as a manufacturer’s option