Honda NSX family tipped to include Type R, convertible variants
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Honda high-performance hybrid coupe could have spin-off variants
The all-new Honda NSX will grow from a single model to a supercar family over the car’s lifecycle.
Honda NSX large project leader Ted Klaus told CarAdvice his team created the high-performance hybrid coupe to be versatile, allowing the brand to keep the car fresh and interesting with the addition of spin-off variants.
“This car is not just about brand halo, it’s unleashing all the power of Honda in a continuous way,” Klaus said.
“We’ve been asleep for 10 years with this car but now we’re back and we’re gonna sustain it. That’s going to be the next big challenge.
“I think we’re going to have a hard go of it in the future if this is all we ever do. We’re aware of that, but Honda doesn’t roll out things that way, so be patient and we’ll announce when the time is right.”
Klaus wouldn’t be drawn on what we could expect from future NSX variants, though a convertible version is tipped to be the first addition to the range, given that the car has already been previewed in concept form in the movie The Avengers.
A convertible would also pay homage to the original NSX, which was available with a removable targa roof. A flagship NSX Type R variant also seems likely further down the track, with Honda confident the second-generation car has plenty up its sleeve.
“This chassis has way more capability, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we take advantage of that in the future as well,” Klaus said.
Previous NSX Type R (or NSX-R) variants focused on reduced weight rather than increased power, though it seems both could be on the cards for a new R-badged variant.
The Honda NSX’s regular powertrain comprises a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6, three electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and boasts peak outputs of 427kW and 646Nm.
The Honda NSX will go on sale in Australia towards the end of 2016. Pricing still remains a mystery, though it's set to be priced in excess of $A200,000.
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