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A hybrid powertrain for Honda NSX’s successor

By FaezClutchless on 02 Dec 2011

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The Honda NSX is the only car from the Japanese firm that can be considered as a supercar. A lightweight all-aluminium body, rather healthy V6 engine and great looks that put some of its western rivals to shame. This model alone lasted for almost 15 years, although it received some minor changes along the way.

Honda had to cease production of the car when the car could not pass stringent global emission regulations that were to take place in 2006. In 2008, Honda revived the idea of replacing the NSX with a new model which featured a V10 engine, but they had to scrap that idea soon after due to the global financial crisis.

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But it seems that Honda is keen on reviving the idea again as they have confirmed that a concept (known as the Super Sport) will be showcased at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012. This time it will not use a V10 engine, instead it will feature a hybrid powertrain.

One of the first clues to a NSX successor was spotted recently at a film shoot for the upcoming Avengers movie. Honda refused to comment about the car in the photo but many believe that this could be the car in question. Should this car go into production, then we might get to see it as early as late 2013.

Honda recently showed a fleeting image of the model to journalists at their Motegi Twin Ring race track. According to Honda chief of research and design, the car will define the new image of Acura (Honda’s premium brand in North America). Of course the car will be sold worldwide and possibly, Honda might resurrect the NSX name.

Rumours has it that Honda’s president, Takanobu Ito, felt that they need a halo project after he heard comments about the company, which was once famous for its sporty cars and engineering expertise, had lost its way during these past few years.

Staff at Honda’s R&D division confirmed that they are in the works of experimenting with a new sports car that pursues exhilarating fun. Honda will want to keep its “Earth Dreams” policy which stresses on “fun, the environment and safety” and this policy strengthens the idea of using an electric motor instead of a conventional one.

A R&D spokesperson also noted that the company’s new Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system will be used on the car. This torque control technology enables the inside wheels to transfer energy to the outside wheels while cornering and this will maximise stability.

It is great to hear that Honda is reviving the NSX name but I am a little sceptical about the usage of a hybrid engine on a flagship sports model. It just doesn’t sound right.

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