Honda announced the production version of the new Honda NSX (Acura NSX in the US) at the Detroit Motor Show in January of this year.
Honda’s chief engineer for the new Honda NSX, Ted Klaus, has confirmed the carmaker is working on an even faster NSX Type R.
The first Honda NSX went into production in 1990, with a Type R version introduced in 1992. The NSX-R was modified specifically to improve on-track performance which featured a stiffer suspension and a lighter body. The stereo and air-conditioning were removed, while new forged alloy wheels and a titanium gear lever helped lower the car’s overall kerb weight.
Although Honda hasn’t officially revealed the performance figures, estimates put the stock car at around 550hp and you can expect the Type-R version to have even more. According to Ted Klaus, the car is expected to be listed in the mid US$150,000’s when it goes on sale in the US this summer.
Klaus and his team of engineers have high aspirations for the new NSX, With its lower center of gravity (designed to make it more agile and fun to drive) it will put the car in the same class as the Ferrari 458, Audi R8 V10 and Porsche 911 Turbo.
[pullquote]The new NSX is expected to be in the same class as the Ferrari 458, Audi R8 V10 and Porsche 911 Turbo[/pullquote]
That might sound ambitious, but with more than 550bhp on tap and peak torque available from zero revs, we can expect 0-62mph in less than four seconds. Honda has boldly claimed that the NSX would be capable of matching a Ferrari 458’s acceleration time while exceeding its handling performance.
With the Type-R version, the company looks set to aim higher. Ferrari 458 Speciale, maybe?
Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President for Acura, commented on how the NSX felt to drive, claiming it is both “outstanding and astounding”.