Honda NSX powertrain revealed

5 Mar, 2014 10:18am Jack Rix

Honda brings stripped-back scale model of the NSX’s innovative hybrid powertrain to Geneva

Honda has given us a look underneath the skin of the new NSX hybrid supercar on its Geneva Motor Show stand. It’s not the first time that Honda has disclosed details on the car’s powertrain, but this is our fist chance to see the engine, gearbox, motors and power electronics up close.

Due on sale in 2015, the NSX uses a longitudinally-mounted direct-injection V6 petrol engine which is boosted by a single electric motor and drives the rear axle through a brand-new dual-clutch gearbox. At the front axle are two further electric motors, which can vary the amount of torque they apply individually –Honda calls the configuration its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive).

Honda is targeting a total power output of over 400bhp, and with a lightweight body made from a combination of aluminium, strengthened steels and composites it should deliver crushing performance and handling finesse.

As well as the standard model, which spawned a host of special editions, a track-focused NSX Type R, and an NSX convertible are both expected to be launched later in the car’s lifecycle. The car will be built at a brand-new facility in Ohio called the Performance Manufacturing Centre. Measuring in at 184,000 square feet, it has cost Honda $70m (£42m) to build.

Honda is aiming for a price of around £100,000 – pitching the NSX at the Porsche 911 Turbo and new Audi R8, also due in 2015.

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