Honda NSX Supercar Delayed Until 2016
It’s already taken more than four years to reach the production phase, so should we be surprised that the long-anticipated Honda NSX has now been pushed back another six months?
Production of the second-generation Honda NSX supercar has been delayed and we can now expect it to emerge around six months later than originally planned.
When its production plans were announced, the supercar’s left-hand drive models were set for a third quarter of 2015 production run and the right-hand models would follow in 2016. That’s now been revised though because of an apparent change in engine layout that occurred during the development process.
A Honda spokesperson also confirmed that the delays would not only affect the Acura in the US, but also the Honda version in Europe: “With Acura announcing the delay of the NSX that will affect mass production [of the Honda version] for Europe as it all comes from the same factory. It will be spring 2016, but there is no definite date yet.”
The engine delay has been blamed on a late development decision to switch from a naturally-aspirated V6 engine to a turbocharged one. This meant a bespoke V6 unit needed to be developed and new challenges were presented in terms of longitudinal mounting; both of which obviously required extra time to engineer and test.
It may seem like the new NSX has been being talked about for years and that’s because it has. When production starts at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio production facility, the supercar will have taken more than four years to get to the production line.
So what can we expect in terms of power once it arrives? Well, mounted just behind the driver and passenger is a 3.5-litre 75-degree twin-turbocharged dry-sump V6 engine. That will be connected to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, with all the power being sent to the rear wheels.
In addition to the V6, the NSX will boast three electric motors: two for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels, which Honda say “applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels”.
Final torque and performance figures have yet to be released, but the US Acura version is expected to be priced at around $150,000 (US).