It has been ten years since Honda stopped production on the original and much loved NSX, a groundbreaking supercar known as the first all-aluminium-supercar and next year Honda will release the brand new NSX in the UK. There are also unconfirmed reports the manufacture will release a “baby NSX” in 2018.
The confirmed 2016 NSX was unveiled earlier on this year at the Detroit Motor Show and Honda believe it “challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars as much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago”.
This is down to its twin-turbo hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a petrol V6 engine combined with three electric motors to produce a rip-roaring 550bhp. This power is distributed across the NSX’s four-wheel-drive system.
The new NSX is being presented very differently to the original. While the first NSX was known for its usability, Michelle Christensen, lead designer on the new model said it “was engineered to be an aggressive daily driver. We definitely adjusted things to make it suitable for daily use, but in the end it all goes back to the driver’s experience.”
There is not just one NSX to get excited about either, as leaked patent filing seems to suggest that Honda are preparing a smaller scaled NSX for release in 2018. Initially thought to use the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine from the Civic Type R, the “baby NSX” will apparently downsize to a 1.5 litre turbo which will have electric monitor assistance, and should have around 300bhp.
The design is said to closely follow the new NSX, which is probably Honda’s most aggressive looking car to date. With combined four exhausts in the centre of the rear bumper as well as a race-inspired diffuser, the shape is certainly imposing on the road.
The release date of the NSX in the UK has not yet been announced but should be in the spring of 2016. As all current models are being manufactured in Ohio, USA, the initial pricing is $150,000 (£100,000), However this will rise due to export taxes and VAT.
There is no definite date or announcement for the “baby NSX,” but as previously mentioned, all reports point towards a 2018 release date.