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Demand far exceeds supply of new Honda NSX

By raccars Published


If you're hoping to get your hands on the new Honda NSX, you'll be waiting a while...

Honda has released some details about the forthcoming NSX, but it's already too late for UK buyers to get their hands on an early model. Despite a price tag of £137,950, Honda's pre-orders book is already full for the next two years.

The much anticipated new NSX boasts Porsche 911 levels of performance and was developed by Honda's USA-based engineering team. The car was four years in the planning and is being built at Honda's Ohio facility. It is expected to rival the aforementioned Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8 and the BMW i8, although it's a good £30,000 more expensive than the latter.

The original Honda NSX

The first NSX went on sale in the UK 25 years ago, and was originally designed as a Japanese challenger to Ferrari, in more affordable and reliable format. Formula One driver Ayrton Senna was part of the development team for the car. It was the first time that an all-aluminium body was used on a mass production vehicle and featured a mid-mounted all-aluminium engine, a 3.0 litre V6 using the VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system developed by Honda in the Eighties. It was known as The Acura NSX in the USA and was discontinued in 2005. Honda hasn't produced a comparable sports model since then.

The second generation NSX

The first deliveries of the second generation model are due to take place this September for European buyers. This time around it's a Formula One-inspired hybrid. Honda has yet to confirm mechanical details as it is waiting for European homologation but apparently the new NSX will exceed 28mpg, with 228g/km in CO2 emissions, putting it below the top rated band of VED or road tax.

Honda has been clear that it wanted to adhere to the same values that it used in the development of the original NSX, but in the most modern format possible. Hybrid power enables the new NSX to compete with the likes of the Audi R8 and provides the sort of immediate response and instant power delivery characteristic of electric power.

As the sports car can run on solely electric power it should also be able to circumvent congestion charges and future air pollution regulations within cities. The drive train includes three electric motors and a twin turbo 3.5 litre V6, assisted by a new dual clutch nine speed semi-automatic transmission and four wheel drive for a total of 573bhp. It is constructed with a splendidly rigid carbon fibre floor pan, aluminium, super strong steel and some other pioneering lightweight materials. In some cases this is their first automotive application.

At first glance, the NSX hints at the McLaren 650S or the Audi R8, with an aggressive, shark-like profile. Distinctive LED headlights top a sharply contoured front bumper, while the racy looking rear features a central quad exhaust and a bold spoiler. The design was carefully crafted to extract maximum stability at speed and certainly doesn't look eco-friendly.

The NSX is available in eight paintwork colours plus four different colourways and three different upholstery fabrics for the cabin.

Get your order in quick

The first edition of the new NSX, with the VIN #001 was sold in January as part of a charity auction to Rick Hendrick, owner of a NACAR team in the USA. His entire $1,200,000 winning bid was donated to charity and Mr Hendrick drove his car off the Ohio production line personally in May.

Demand for the car has now reached the point that three time champion BTCC Honda team driver Matt Neal can't even get his hands on one, although he offered to pay market price. If you want one, it's going to be a long wait.

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