New Honda NSX revealed

9 Jan, 2012 8:00pm Jack Rix

Honda steals the show with this 400bhp petrol-electric hybrid NSX

The Honda NSX successor we’ve been waiting for has arrived at this week’s Detroit Motor Show. We had the story and exclusive images two weeks ago, and our prediction of a mid-engined hybrid was spot-on.

Don’t be put off by the Acura badge on the bonnet of the car in our main picture – the NSX will initially appear as an Acura (Honda’s luxury brand for the North American market), but it has been confirmed that a Honda-badged, UK-bound version will star at March’s Geneva Motor Show. Expect the production model by the end of the year.

Video: watch our video of the new NSX at Detroit

The styling is every bit as dramatic as we’d hoped: the new NSX is characterised by sharp, angular surfaces. With its pointed bonnet edge, LED lights and origami-like air intakes, the front end has a contemporary look, while floating C-pillars add drama at the rear of the car.

Honda is staying tight-lipped about the precise specification, but confirmed it will use a version of the SH-AWD system. Expect a 3.5-litre petrol V6 driving the rear wheels, plus two electric motors, producing 400bhp total.

Price-wise, Honda is said to be targeting the Nissan GT-R at around £75,000 – placing the NSX in the heart of Audi R8 and Porsche 911 territory.