Honda fans have been in for something special at the Shanghai Auto Show held recently in China. The Japanese automobile manufacturer have announced its plans to manufacture a brand new sports car model that would be a sort of a sequel to the lavish Honda NSX model (a.k.a. Acura NSX in North America). Excitement for Honda fans were all to evident with this delightful piece of news.
The Honda Motor Company president – Takanobu Ito stated during the show that the brand new model of the car will not be based on the V10 engine as was initially planned. This since the project to have a V10 powered future NSX model has been dropped in 2008 during the period of global recession. Instead, the future model of NSX will be a grasping set of wheels with an adrenaline rush and will also be a green one that is friendly to the environment. This has all the makings of a great sports car, said Ito while also stating the company’s engineers and designers are toiling hard to make the project a success.
The official from the Japanese automakers declined to comment on any other details about the sports car like its price range or the timeline in which the car will be launched. Another spokesman from Honda on the other hand has stated that the car will be based on an electric motor to provide the gasoline engine a proper backup. This idea was certainly influenced by the makings of the CR-Z sport hybrid. But unlike the CR-Z this future model of the NSX will be endorsed as a high-performance hybrid vehicle.
When the project was initially proposed by Honda for the NSX successor, the then President Takeo Fukui rejected the project so as to save costs during the global recession. The car was then designed to possess a front-mounted V10 engine capable of generating output power of around 500 HP. The drive train though was then finally used on the Honda HSV-010 GT racecar which was the racing alter ego of the NSX V10 which unfortunately was never produced.
Now let’s come to the original version of NSX from Honda which was based on a mid-mounted V6 engine capable of generating peak power of around 270 HP. The car had a 5-speed manual transmission. The car was finally taken out of production by the Japanese company in the year 2005 after it ran for almost 14 years as a successful sports car model from Honda.