Honda (Acura) NSX Dream Project revealed ahead of SEMA debut
US version of Honda’s iconic supercar gets performance boost and styling makeover.
Honda has revealed a special version of its Acura (the Japanese brand’s luxury US-based division) NSX supercar, which boasts more power than the standard model thanks to a bespoke NSX specialist.
Dubbed the ‘NSX Dream Project’, the new car will make its debut at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
While the standard Honda NSX has never been shy or retiring, with its 427kW of power, nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and four motors, its American counterpart, the Acura, has always had a little scope to add some extra performance.
That’s where US-based self-proclaimed “NSX and S2000 performance specialist” ScienceofSpeed came in. Using all their knowledge of NSXs and tuning tricks, they managed to bump the Acura NSX up to 482kW – enough power to make your eyes water!
This significant performance boost was achieved mainly through the addition of liquid-injected intercooling, which cools intake air before it enters the engine’s twin turbochargers.
Other changes include:
- A custom suspension lowering kit that reduces the NSX’s ride height by more than one inch (25+mm), as well as a lift kit for the front axle which uses “integrated automatic sensing suspension technology” to automatically raise the front of the car by two inches when obstacles in the road are detected.
- Wider five-spoke Advan GT forged alloy wheels (20×9-inch front, 21×12-inch rear) finished in Hyper Black and wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tyres.
- High-performance downpipes and a lightweight stainless steel exhaust system – the latter of which alone, Honda says, saves 16 pounds (7kg) in weight over the standard offering and delivers a “deeper, more aggressive engine note”.
Inspired by the race-ready GT3-spec NSX, the Dream Project gets a big wing and deep diffuser at the rear of the car, which is designed to enhance downforce at higher speeds. Larger air intakes finish the more aggressive look at the front of the car.
On the inside, the Dream Project gets a dual-tone black/blue colour scheme (same as the exterior), while Recaro Pole Position race seats add an extra touch of luxury.
The Dream Project NSX will be shown at SEMA from October 31 to November 3.