2016-08-01

Honda Australia Confirms Pricing, Features and Specifications for Honda NSX, The First Hybrid Supercar On Australian Roads

 

Honda Australia has today announced pricing, key features and specifications for the cutting-edge hybrid Honda NSX supercar, ahead of its arrival into Australia.

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“The all-new Honda NSX brings Hypercar technology to the Supercar category, as the first hybrid supercar on Australian roads,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins.

Already establishing itself as a global halo performance car for the brand, Mr. Collins said five dedicated Honda NSX dealers in Australia would soon start accepting applications from prospective customers to buy one of the world’s most technologically advanced supercars.

“As a hybrid technological tour-de-force, the all-wheel drive Honda NSX challenges perceptions about what constitutes a supercar, just as the original did,” he said. “With an extraordinary breadth of ability, the Honda NSX offers scintillating track performance, along with unsurpassed everyday usability,” Mr. Collins said.

The Honda NSX will have a Recommended Retail Price (RRP^) of $420,000 and comes standard with almost all the options boxes ticked.

The car will be available in a range of eight exterior colours and combination of four high-quality interior trims. A choice of three solid exterior colours are available as standard, with three additional metallic colours available for $1,500. The Honda NSX also offers the latest in Andaro aerospace technology with two premium colours, including the hero Valencia Red Pearl, for an additional $10,000.

Mr. Collins said the Honda NSX would play an important role in Australia. “We’ve seen the renewed positive interest in Honda from the Australian public with the arrival of the HR-V and just-launched Civic,” he said. “The arrival of the Honda NSX is an important signal to our Australian customers that Honda is truly a technology and engineering company that can deliver not only efficient, well packaged small cars, people movers and SUVs, but also a high-performance hybrid supercar.”

Already, some Australian customers have been in contact with dealers and paid deposits for the Honda’s hybrid supercar, he said. “Many have read the positive reports about the Honda NSX in overseas publications and were prepared to put money down, without even driving it,” he said.

In Australia, only five Honda dealers will be able to sell the Honda NSX.

The five dealerships are:

-          Yarra Honda (VIC)

-          Scotts Honda (NSW)

-          Austral Honda (QLD)

-          Nordic Honda (SA)

-          Burswood Honda (WA)

Honda Australia already has one Honda NSX in the country to show prospective customers, which is currently undertaking a national ‘road-show’ so the five dealers can showcase the car until mid-October.

Mr. Collins said the widespread interest generated overseas by the appearance of the Honda NSX at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK and the internationally known Pikes Peak race in the United States, had raised awareness of Honda’s newest supercar.

Because of its limited availability globally, the Honda NSX would remain a relatively rare car on Australia roads, he said. “It will be exclusive; so those customers who value such exclusivity will really appreciate the Honda NSX. It will be the must-have supercar in Australia among those owners who appreciate finely crafted automobiles.” 

The Honda NSX arrives packed with luxury features and performance technology as standard, where many of its competitors must have high-cost options added to match it, Mr Collins said. “It’s arriving fully-equipped, for example we’ve made the carbon fibre exterior and interior packages standard, along with carbon-ceramic brakes. It’s a highly competitive supercar package,” he said.

Foremost among the many innovations in the Honda NSX is Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar arena. By combining this new interpretation of Honda Super Handling performance with innovative approaches to vehicle design – including advanced body construction, component packaging and aerodynamic optimisation – the Honda NSX faithfully translates the acceleration, steering and braking inputs of the driver with incredible fidelity and with instant response. It amplifies the capabilities of every driver, and greatly elevates the dynamic experience in every driving situation.

Powertrain – Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Powering the Honda NSX is the most intuitive and advanced sports hybrid power unit in the supercar segment. At the heart of the new Sport Hybrid power unit is a bespoke, mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 engine, paired with an all new nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. Together, these components comprise the rear power unit.

Amplifying the instant responses and dynamic handling performance of the Honda NSX is the front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors independently driving the left and right front wheels.

By creating a propulsion system that makes use of both mechanical and hybrid-electric components rather than just a conventional petrol-powered internal combustion engine, the Honda NSX’s power unit is able to create constant and linear acceleration at any point in the power band, at any speed with instant response.

At initial launch from a standstill, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) and the direct-drive electric motor are able to immediately supplement power production from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine, using the abundant and instantaneous torque production that is an inherent characteristic of electric motors.

Conversely, once the vehicle has reached a steady cruising speed, the twin-turbocharged V6 engine becomes the primary motive force for the vehicle, with the three electric motors providing supplementary power and yaw control when necessary.

While the primary focus in the development of the all-new Honda NSX’s clean-sheet power unit was peak performance, efficiency and environmental sustainability were also important design characteristics. Therefore, the all-new Honda NSX meets ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) requirements.

The Honda NSX’s Sport Hybrid power unit offers exceptional kilowatts and torque with a broad powerband for tremendous throttle response and acceleration. Total system peak output is 427 kW.

 

Power (kW)

 

V6 Engine

373 kW @ 6500 - 7000rpm

Twin Motor Unit (Front)

27 kW @ 4000rpm

Direct Drive Motor (Rear)

35 kW @ 3000rpm

Total Hybrid System

427 kW

Torque (Nm)

 

V6 Engine

550 Nm @ 2000 - 6000rpm

Total Hybrid System

646 Nm

 

Surrounding the sophisticated drivetrain is a multi-material body, with its aluminium intensive spaceframe, offered Honda’s engineers the best structural rigidity and lowest platform weight with superior packaging for the power unit.

NVH is also greatly minimised by the Honda NSX’s global rigidity benchmarks – two times static and three times the dynamic level of torsional rigidity demonstrated by the next highest competing vehicle evaluated by Honda’s engineers.

Highly rigid and reinforced extruded aluminium beams comprise the majority of the spaceframe and are utilised for the front and rear frame rails and cross members, front and rear bulkhead frame members, floor cross members and side rails. A number of these aluminium extrusions are filled with acoustic spray foam to further aid noise attenuation, which is used in 38 different locations.

As well, the door skins are made of sheet hydroformed aluminium. Sheet hydroforming is the ideal means to shape the one-piece aluminium panels that make up each door, as the process supports the construction of complex shapes that cannot be formed by conventional stamping techniques. Moreover, the aluminium door skins can be relatively thin and light as they are naturally supported by the inner door structure. The bonnet, roof panel, engine compartment and boot frame are composed of high-grade stamped aluminium. Like the other composite materials utilised in the exterior, the use of aluminium in these areas offers reduced weight with excellent structural rigidity.

Integrated Dynamics System (IDS)

The Honda NSX IDS system is a highly advanced selectable dynamics system that integrates all of the vehicle’s dynamic systems – steering, brakes (mechanical and electro-servo), throttle, vehicle stability assist, magnetorheological dampers and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD control systems.

Designed to offer a more personal, customisable driving experience, IDS offers four driving modes —  Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. To demonstrate the breadth of ability the system affords Honda NSX, in Quiet mode, Honda NSX can drive away in electric-only silence. Switch to Track mode however, and IDS calibrates the hybrid supercar for maximum acceleration and handling performance,

The Honda NSX suspension features a front double wishbone and multi-link rear setup, to support the extreme dynamic needs of Honda’s hybrid supercar. The suspension is designed to work in perfect harmony with every system, specifically the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The system maintains the precise geometry to extract the maximum grip and control from the tyres. Agile at low speeds, yet supremely stable and predictable at high speeds, the suspension faithfully translates the driver’s inputs for ultimate handling performance and instant response.

Much like the original, the second-generation Honda NSX utilises a lightweight all-aluminium, fully independent front and rear suspension system.

Featuring lightweight yet rigid aluminium alloy components at all four corners, the suspension keeps unsprung weight to a minimum while retaining component stiffness for instant and accurate response.

Designed to work seamlessly with the advanced electric power steering system, the optimised tuning of the steering and suspension systems allows for both instant responses at low speeds, coupled with superlative high-speed stability.

Key Features

Among the key features in the Honda NSX are: LED exterior lighting (headlights, DRLs, tail-lights), semi-aniline leather/alcantara interior, alcantara roof lining, 7-inch colour touch screen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity including Bluetooth, 8-inch Dynamic thin-film transistor gauge cluster, heated and electric sports leather seats, height and reach adjustable steering wheel and premium nine-speaker Audio system. A full suite of safety features completes the feature list.

As well, Honda Australian Honda NSX models will gain, as standard, carbon fibre exterior and carbon fibre interior packages, plus ultra-high performance and light-weight carbon ceramic brakes that are extra-cost options on rival European supercars.

These stand-alone factory-installed features include:

 

Carbon Fibre exterior package:

•        Carbon Fibre Roof

•        Carbon Fibre Engine Cover

•        Carbon Fibre Rear Decklid Spoiler

•        Carbon-Ceramic Brake Rotors

•        Exclusive Interwoven Wheels

•        Carbon Fibre rear diffuser

•        Carbon Fibre front underspoiler

•        Carbon Fibre side skirts

•        Dark Chrome exhaust finisher

 

Carbon Fibre interior package:

•        Carbon Fibre meter visor

•        Carbon Fibre upper steering-wheel rim

•        Carbon Fibre steering wheel spokes

•        Brushed aluminium pedals and footrest

 

Other key interior features are:

•        Alcantara suede Headliner

•        Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara Power Seats

 

Carbon Fibre Roof

The competition-inspired carbon fibre roof is a complement to the other interior and exterior carbon fibre trim accessories.

Carbon Fibre Engine Cover

The hand-crafted carbon fibre engine cover adds a distinctive design aesthetic—especially when viewed through the rear window glass.

Carbon Fibre Rear Decklid Spoiler

Composed entirely of carbon fibre, this subtle yet stylish aerodynamic device adds a dose of attitude while providing additional downforce at the rear of the vehicle.

Carbon-Ceramic Brake Rotors

A fixture on racing cars competing in the highest levels of motorsport events, carbon-ceramic brake rotors offer exceptional braking performance and unsprung weight reduction. These brake rotors are nearly 23.5 kg lighter than the standard brake rotor package, when adopted for use in a road-going production vehicle, such as the Honda NSX. The carbon ceramic brake rotor package comes standard with red brake calipers.

Honda NSX History - Australia

The original Honda NSX was sold in Australia from 1991 and up until 2004. Just 133 examples were sold and original versions are now highly prized among collectors and enthusiasts. The original was also the first mass produced car to feature an all-aluminium body.

By making use of advanced new technologies, such as a lightweight yet rigid all-aluminium unibody and chassis mated to a mid-mounted, transverse V6 engine, the original Honda NSX challenged conventional wisdom for an exotic car.

Its high-revving V6 engine featured a number of innovative production-car technologies, including forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and a VTEC valvetrain.

The first-generation Honda NSX sought a more intimate connection between the car, the driver and the road, pursued through essential design elements — low vehicle mass and high power-to-weight ratio, a rigid body supporting a performance-focused chassis, outstanding visibility, exceptional ergonomics and accessible performance—creating a paradigm shift in what it meant to be an exotic car.

Importantly, the first-generation Honda NSX also exemplified Honda’s high standards of quality, durability and day-to-day reliability without compromising performance — something rarely found in exotic sports cars of the day.