There’s no doubting that the Honda / Acura NSX and the Audi R8 are two formidable super cars but what happens when you put them head to head? We’ve done just that and let the stats battle it out for you here in our latest infographic:
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The European media have finally been lucky enough to get their first chance to drive the brand new Honda NSX in Portugal.
During the press day, project leader Ted Klaus gave us a fascinating insight into the car’s genesis and philosophy ahead of its UK release later this year.
Ted explained what he felt when being put on this project. He said, “Excitement of course! I have worked for Honda since 1990 and knew well how important the original car was to the brand and sports car enthusiasts.”
“What (original NSX large project leader) Uehara-san and his team did 25 years ago made a statement about what a Honda sports car is and should be.”
“The chance to reflect on that original philosophy and experiment further using our 21st-century technology was a unique opportunity.”
Stand Out Memories
We Asked Ted to talk us through his stand out moments of the whole process of putting this car together. He told us, “We unveiled the concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The positive response from media, enthusiasts and the public felt like everyone wanted us to succeed.”
“The energy and commitment that the global team drew from that was vital to achieving our aims.”
“Another great memory was a trip the core development team took to Japan to meet with original NSX team members.”
They shared memories of the original NSX development, even old diagrams and schematics. This really helped us understand in a deeper way the philosophy of the original car, so we could ensure the new NSX stayed true.”
Mr Klaus really stressed the importance in staying true to the original car’s philosophy and that of the original team.
“From the outset of the project, there was a fundamental decision we had to make: Is this car a supercar? A sports car? So, we looked back at what were the core values of the original car.”
Firstly, the performance should be based on making the car an extension of the driver. Ergonomic fit and visibility were vital and should not be compromised. Secondly, that the performance should always be accessible, whatever the road, whatever the skill of the driver. In the hands of the most skilful driver, it should come alive.”
“With those two core values in mind, the NSX is undoubtedly a sports car. With its compact package, low centre of gravity, highly rigid chassis and excellent forward visibility the NSX is a car that is directly connected to the driver.”
One question on the lips of every attendee to the press day was about the use of a hybrid petrol-electric engine. One this, Mr Klaus told us, “Like the first NSX, we wanted to take it a step further. Possibly the most important consideration for me and the team when it came to the power unit was how to make the performance of the car accessible at all times.”
“The power unit we have used gives the driver instant response, particularly in those first few milliseconds after the driver has made any input – whether that be acceleration, braking or turning.”
Other New Technologies
The new NSX is more than a one-trick pony when it comes to technology, something which MR Klaus felt was very important. He said:
“As we became more confident in the integration of the technologies, a new yet familiar sports car feeling emerged. When I joined testing sessions, I discovered a new level of driving enjoyment as the vehicle just ‘disappeared’, leaving me and the road, in sync with each other.”
NSX has such a precise and rewarding response, combined with a surprisingly low level of driver workload. It’s an experience that stirs the soul rather than shakes the body… To me, it’s like finding your perfect dance partner.”
2016 is a year in which a whole host of new and exciting supercars hit the UK and European market. One of those cars which we are getting very excited about here at Cox Motor Parts is of course the brand new Honda NSX.
Honda has always been known for their forward thinking. In fact, the first NSX was seen as somewhat of an automotive trailblazer, being the first mass produced car to have a body entirely made from aluminium.
However, a lot has changed since the first NSX back in 1990, and the expectations of a super car are a lot higher than they once were.
Luckily, Honda have stepped up to the plate once again to deliver a forward thinking, creative and exciting supercar which includes a hybrid engine.
While there are plenty of easily attainable stats out there like speed and price (see our handy infographic here), there’s a bunch of really interesting, geeky and downright bizarre facts you might not know about the new NSX. Here’s our top 8.
1. Chance of Rear Wheel Steering
During the lengthy development process of the new NSX (ten years), Honda considered fitting the super car with rear wheel steering, however decided against it. This is assumedly down to the extra weight it would add.
While not many cars have all wheel or at least rear wheel steering, there have been some notable exceptions in recent years, check out this from Yahoo for some of the more interesting examples.
2. Rigorous Testing
Honda like to make sure no matter the model, that it can endure the trials and tribulations of good, bad and ugly road services as well as even the most extreme weather conditions.
That’s why before each NSX is ready for sale, it is placed on a four-post shaking rig for up to 20 minutes. The shaker is supposed to simulate the ugliest of pot holed bumpy roads to ensure the car will be able to hack it once it hits the road for real.
It is also gets test driven through what they call the ‘monsoon test’ which produces a downpour to the equivalent of twice the heist ever recommended hurricane rainfall.
3. Buckets of Paint
For anyone who’s had their car re-sprayed in the past, you’ll know that it takes a couple of coats to get the right look sharp.
You’ll appreciate then that Honda have gone to new extremes to get their paint right, spraying over four gallons of paint applied in 11 layers on each of the new NSX models.
4. Welding the Chassis
The intricacy of the paint work is replicated in the way they put together the chassis. Between 850 and 900 welds go into the completion of the skeleton of the new NSX.
To put that into words more of us might understand, that is essentially 35 metres of welding material.
5. Pace of Production
It is common knowledge that Honda have been working on the next generation supercar, however its not common knowledge at what speed they will be putting them together.
In a Honda factory in the US, once full production begins Honda will be creating just eight models per day.
This figure seems irrelevant when you know little about car production, but when you compare it to the 850 Honda Accords they will be putting together every day in the factory next door, it really puts it into perspective!
6. Impressive Production Line
Until production begins over in Europe (the main Honda factory is based here in England), the majority of the new NSX’s will be produced in the US factory.
Situated in Marysville Ohio, the purpose built NSX production line set the Japanese back manufacturer a crisp $70million and is named the ‘Performance Manufacturing Centre’.
The first glimpses of any new car we see are usually in the initial press shots or when they are launched at one of the big motor shows.
But what becomes of these stage cars or prototypes which wet our appetite for the real thing?
Well in the case of the Honda NSX, more than 250 prototypes were created, the majority of which will be confined to the crusher. A small number will survive for the purpose of display models.
8. Measuring The Body
As mentioned earlier, Honda have always been seen as a forward thinking and innovative car manufacturer, and you don’t earn that tag without being at least a little bit geeky.
To get the structure and style of the cars body panels just right, each part of the car was measured to within the accuracy of one third of a human hair’s width, yes width!
There has been plenty of talk surrounding the new NSX and what else Honda might release off the back of it.
Thankfully we now know that a Type R model will be released next year which is obviously a mouth watering prospect. There is also plenty of rumours circulating that a smaller engine, cheaper model will be released, making the NSX slightly more accessible, but we will just have to wait and see for that.
Combining the raw specs of the NSX with these thoroughly interesting bunch of stats, its fair to say we are well within reason to be extremely excited for the brand new NSX and will hope that you are too.
With the first deliveries pencilled in for this spring, we’re starting to get excited about the brand new Honda NSX! Dubbed to be ‘a new breed of supercar’ the 2016 model boasts a twin-turbocharged V6 engine alongside three electric motors that help you unleash over 550bhp with instantaneous torque.
It’s an exciting time and not too long to go until the release of what we believe truly is ‘a lean performance supercar – tuned for racetrack and road.’
To celebrate the launch, we’ve put together an infographic which looks at the history of the NSX, right back from the 1990 original model right through to the forthcoming NSX Hybrid!
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It’s now twenty five years since the launch of the original Honda NSX supercar and, earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the new successor made it’s first appearance! As such, as lovers of all things Honda, we thought we’d take a look at this brand new supercar model in a little more depth.
It is expected that European customer deliveries of the new NSX will start in early 2016, however as we’ve already reported this week, fans will be able to get a glimpse of the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. The car has been specifically designed by Honda to offer a ‘New Sports eXperience’ to the supercar market.
Go On…Dish The Dirt
The 2015 NSX will be powered by an all-new power unit – a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine coupled to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three electric motors with the Sport Hybrid technology being housed within an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material chassis that features world-first material applications and manufacturing processes.
It has taken almost three years of continuous development to bring the NSX from concept to reality and involved a global team of designers and engineers led by the development team in Raymond, Ohio to make it happen and all come together!
Here at Cox Motor Parts, the UK’s leading online dealers of genuine Honda parts, some of our favourite features on the NSX are:
- An Interwoven Dynamic Design
The exterior of the NSX focusses upon balancing a supercar and exotic sports car and certainly does it very well with the development team having referred to it as an ‘interwoven dynamic design.’ The entirety of the body has been carefully designed for total airflow management and the model has undergone extensive testing in Ohio to deliver an exterior which REALLY looks the business!
- A Driver Centred Cockpit Design
The NSX started with the concept of a ‘human-centred supercar’ and, as such, was designed inside-out with the sole focus at all times upon the driver. Staying true, however, to the original NSX, the new model’s ‘Human Support Cockpit’ provides a fantastic level of driver control, visibility and packaging and, above all else, offers a premium experience for the driver! As just one example, the front seats of the car feature top-class holding performance with outstanding comfort and easy access for the driver and passenger. At the heart of everything the NSX offers is the driver!
- Sport Hybrid Power Unit
The next-generation NSX has been designed to offer a new sports car experience which maximises the driver’s capabilities and, as such, Honda’s engineers have created the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain available. One such feature is Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). At the heart of the NSX is is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT.
The car’s rear direct-drive electric motor, which can be found situated between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance whilst the front wheels are driven by two independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.
Our Final Thoughts
Above everything else, it’s clear that the NSX is set to take both the sports car and super car markets by storm and that, by the time the model reaches European dealers in early 2016, there’ll be a lot of fans eager to get their hands on one! It’s the perfect hybrid between sports car and super car and is likely to be at the very top of any Honda fan’s want list!
We’re as excited as anyone about the official launch and shipping of the NSX and we simply can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one! Anyone going to Goodwood Festival Of Speed – please send us some pictures, we’d love to see them!