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Honda Offers First Look at Next-Gen NSX Drivetrain

Pricing to nudge high end of Porsche 911 range.

by on Nov.19, 2013

An Acura NSX prototype -- shown here in testing at Mid-Ohio Raceway earlier this year.

With development rapidly moving forward on the development of the eagerly awaited Acura NSX, Honda offered a handful of journalists a first look at the supercar’s complex, hybrid powertrain during a visit to its Tochigi R&D center.

After years of debating whether to adopt a traditional, more European approach to powering the next-generation sports car, such as going for a big V-10, the automaker ultimately decided to go with a more futuristic performance hybrid approach, it announced when showing off the first, early prototype of the Acura NSX nearly two years ago. But until now, it has revealed little else.

With functioning prototypes now running around test tracks in both Japan and the U.S.,

Performance News! was able to get significantly more details about the new powertrain – notably including the fact that the Acura NSX will be the only vehicle using Honda’s new three-motor hybrid technology that also will make use of a conventional turbocharger to further boost performance.


Honda Tech Center Out of Action

Make also facing potential delay with new Civic.

by on Mar.25, 2011

Some analysts fear the launch of the 2012 Honda Civic could be impacted by the Japanese disaster.

A key part of Honda’s product development program could be out of action indefinitely in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devasted Northeast Japan earlier this month.

With Japanese automakers still struggling to assess the damage done by the natural disaster – and subsequent nuclear crisis – Honda could be among the makers hardest hit.  Even plans for its new Civic model could be impacted by the events of recent weeks.

Honda has been under fire in recent months because its product line has begun to look dated next to new vehicles from other Asian, European and American carmakers – notably including the new Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra models targeting the long-dominant Civic.

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Howver, it now appears another casualty of the deadly quake — which has claimed the lives of as many as 26,000 — was Honda’s product development center.

The R&D facility, in Tochigi, suffered the only known fatality at any facility operated by a major automaker, one worker killed during the March 11 earthquake when a wall collapsed.  Employees who will work on the restoration started returning this week. But repairing the quake damage at the center will take considerably more time, Honda officials have confirmed.