THE first hybrid supercar to ever hit the tarmac in Australia is set to carry a whopping $420,000 plus price tag – bringing with it cutting edge hybrid technology, all-wheel drive and an elite reputation so high that just five dealerships will be allowed to sell it.
We speak of course of the messiah of the Honda brand, the new NSX – a car so pre-destined to be legendary that the car nuts amongst us would probably sell our souls to own one. But what makes it worth so much money, particularly if you want the hero colour of Valencia Red Pearl (pictured), for an extra $10,000.
According to Honda Australia it will arrive fully equipped, including the carbon fibre exterior and interior packages as standard, along with carbon-ceramic brakes, and comes with Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar arena.
Powering the Honda NSX is the most intuitive and advanced sports hybrid power unit in the supercar segment. At the heart of the new Sport Hybrid power unit is a bespoke, mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 engine, paired with an all new nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. Together, these components comprise the rear power unit.
Amplifying the instant responses and dynamic handling performance of the Honda NSX is the front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors independently driving the left and right front wheels.
By creating a propulsion system that makes use of both mechanical and hybrid-electric components rather than just a conventional petrol-powered internal combustion engine, the Honda NSX’s power unit is able to create constant and linear acceleration at any point in the power band, at any speed with instant response.
At initial launch from a standstill, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) and the direct-drive electric motor are able to immediately supplement power production from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine, using the abundant and instantaneous torque production that is an inherent characteristic of electric motors.
Conversely, once the vehicle has reached a steady cruising speed, the twin-turbocharged V6 engine becomes the primary motive force for the vehicle, with the three electric motors providing supplementary power and yaw control when necessary.
The Honda NSX’s Sport Hybrid power unit offers exceptional kilowatts and torque with a broad powerband for tremendous throttle response and acceleration. Total system peak output is 427kW. That’s some power output
As we said, just five dealers will be allowed to sell it – Yarra Honda (VIC), Scotts Honda (NSW), Austral Honda (QLD), Nordic Honda (SA), and Burswood Honda (WA). Until October, those five dealers will each get a turn to showcase the single Honda NSX in Australia.
We’re not telling you to go buy it, but if you can afford it, and you want to own a rare piece of motoring weaponry, it would be hard not to buy one – and if you do, we’d like a drive… pretty please.