In a live reveal broadcast across the globe, Honda took the wraps off their long-awaited 2016 NSX supercar. Making its debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, the car is the successor to the legendary car of the same name that took the world by storm 25 years ago.
The hybrid sports supercar, finished in NSX red, emerged from behind a wall of smoke with a throaty growl before taking centre stage on a rotating platform.
The Acura-branded NSX sports sleek, angular styling. Headed up by a chrome v-shaped grille, the chassis is a subtle nod to the original, whilst also being unashamedly modern. Rows of six LED headlights permeate each side of the bonnet, in a style which is undoubtedly Honda.
Underneath the metal, the all-wheel drive (AWD) NSX features an engine unlike any currently on the market - hinted at by the quad exhaust at the rear. A twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system will provide power to all four wheels, though there are no word on performance figures yet.
An electric motor located at the rear supports with acceleration, braking, and transmission performance whilst two other electric units control both front wheels making for 'zero-delay' launch momentum and responsive handling. Several drive modes, including Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track, allow the driver to specify the responsiveness of the car.
The American-produced supercar promises a 'human-focused' experience, with 'exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics'. The interior features a Power button which controls input from the hybrid powertrain, whilst allowing the driver to utilise an all-electric, or all-petrol approach.
The chassis makes use of extensive high-performance materials in a space frame design. Aluminium, high-strength steel and carbon fibre are all used conjunctively in the building process to create a lightweight car that remains rigid.
The mid-engine design concentrates mass towards the low centre of the vehicle, giving the NXS the lowest centre of gravity in its class. Braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers and carbon-ceramic brake discs - meaning when the NSX does arrive, it will be a serious performance car.