Will the Honda NSX change your life?
…It just might!
- The Honda NSX is sold as the Acura NSX in Hong Kong
- Rumors of a 650hp Acura NSX Type R have been circulating for months, but it has yet to be introduced
- It’s a sports coupe, two-seater, formerly mid-engine car now with a front-engine
The Honda NSX is a sports car first introduced in 1990. It was in production until 2005, then began again in 2016. NSX stands for New Sportscar X, as the unknown variable.
The initial concept team intended to build a sports car with better performance than the Ferrari series with V8 engines. It was first introduced in 1990 and ran until 2005. Production restarted in 2016.
The second generation Honda NSX
The Honda NSX has a starting price of $159,495. Newly introduced for the 2020 model year, Honda introduced new heritage colors harkening back to the first generation. The Indy Yellow shade joins the other “heritage color,” Berlina Black.
Honda NSX specs
The 2020 Honda NSX features a 3.5L V-6 twin-turbocharged engine outputting 573hp. Sheesh. If that isn’t enough, there’s an electric motor that powers the rear wheels! If that didn’t get you checking the mortgage refinance calculator, then how about the individual mini-engines that power each front wheel?
“Rumors of a 650hp Acura NSX Type R have been circulating for months, but it has yet to be introduced.”
There are no specific trim lines associated with the Honda NSX, just options that anyone can be personalized with.
Additional personalization options include the colors Indy Yellow or Thermal Orange, which are available for an additional $1,000.
Interior colors are customizable for no extra cost. Colors include ebony, orchid, blue, red, and saddle.
Colored calipers in red, silver, or orange are available for an additional $700 when purchasing the carbon-ceramic brake rotors for an additional $9,900.
What about the engine?
With 573hp and three engines dedicated solely to powering the wheels for precision driving, the carbon-ceramic brake rotors are likely worth the extra investment. It should be noted that the wheel specific engines give the Honda NSX an all-wheel-drive effect.
The V-6 hybrid-electric engine paired with a nine-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission allows the Honda NSX to reach 0-60MPH in 3.1 seconds.
“If that didn’t get you checking the mortgage refinance calculator, then how about the individual mini engines that power EACH front wheel?”
Different handling modes include Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus, and Track. Quiet is intended for day to day driving because it’s light, responsive, and maneuverable. Choose Sport for kicking it up a little bit on the highways and byways.
Pick Sport Plus for when you’re willing to risk your driver’s license feeling the need for speed. Track mode is designed for those who actually use the Honda NSX for racing, or are willing to risk jail stepping on it on a regular roadway.
“The 2020 Honda NSX features a 3.5L V-6 twin turbocharged engine ouputting 573hp.”
Honda NSX Type R
Rumors began swirling in May of 2019 that a new 650hp $200,000 version of the Honda NSX, called the Type R, would be introduced in October of 2019. The Type R was to have stiffer suspension to handle all of that extra horsepower
When contacted, a representative of Honda indicated that with new colors available and chassis and suspension improvements, they had experienced an increase of 42% in sales. No confirmation about the Type R was given.
The Tokyo motor show has passed, and we’ve yet to see the Type R. Honda likely saw the increase in sales and decided to wait until those have slowed before introducing a new model.
The words “brilliantly clever powertrain, brutal acceleration” were used to describe the pros of the 2019 Honda NSX by TopGear. Sounds pretty exciting!
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