In 2014, Honda announced that it would be reviving the NSX name for the second generation of its mid-engined supercar, which was first shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2015. The NSX made its European debut at Geneva in December 2015.
Developed by Honda's US division, with engineering input from Japan, the NSX is assembled at the Honda Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio and is badged as an 'Acura' in North America. Showcasing Honda's 'hybrid' power-train technology, the new NSX uses a V6 engine like its predecessor but combines this 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged unit with no fewer than three electric motors: one augmenting the main petrol engine and a pair driving each of the front wheels to apply either negative or positive torque during cornering. The semi-automatic nine-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is supplied by Ricardo and drives all four wheels.
Maximum power output of the petrol engine is 500bhp, with a further 73 horsepower available from the electric motors. Maximum torque is 476lb/ft (combined). On the road, this translates into a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 2.9 seconds while the standing quarter-mile is despatched in 10.8 seconds, placing the NSX emphatically in the supercar league. However, the NSX is no plug-in hybrid; rather, those electric motors are there primarily to boost performance and have little effect on fuel economy, which is nevertheless quite respectable at cruising speeds.
Like its predecessor, the new NSX is at the cutting edge of chassis design, employing a combination of aluminium, steel, and carbon fibre for the spaceframe, while the shapely aerodynamic body is composed of aluminium and plastic. Aluminium sub-frames support the power-train and double-wishbone suspension, which is controlled by magnetorheological dampers.
First registered on 14th June 2018, this NSX is finished in Valencia Red and incorporates the following options: carbon ceramic brake discs, red brake callipers, carbon fibre interior sports package, full leather powered and heated sports seats in Orchid, black Alcantara headlining, interwoven wheels (machined), and the navigation and parking technology package. All of which, with the addition of private registration "NSX 22", brought the purchase price up to almost £180,000. Due to a change of plans, the car is offered for sale by its first owner having covered a mere 18 miles from new. An exciting opportunity to acquire an effectively brand new example of Honda's flagship supercar at a fraction of the original purchase price.