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12/02/11
automotive
Honda plans new NSX  Rumors early last month were that Honda is working on a new NSX, but more details have emerged. The Japanese firm has revealed that it’s planning a new concept called the Super Sports concept, and it hints at a new top-of-the-range sportscar. The general manager of Honda’s R&D centre, Yoshikazu Kigoshi, said that the new concept is seen as “a halo model that will be a successor to the NSX.”

It will be shown to the public for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year and the drivetrain will be comprised of a petrol-electric combination that uses a three-liter V6 motor pushing out over 225kW and driving all four wheels through a system that’s been dubbed SH-AWD, which is very simply Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. The petrol engine will only drive the front wheels, while the electric motor will take care of the rear wheels.

There’s a new torque distribution system at the back too, which acts as a differential and improves the safety of the car’s handling as well as the handling responsiveness. The Super Sports will also likely transfer its power through a seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

What’s more, even though the car will be an Acura in the States, it will be sold as a Honda in countries that don’t have the Acura brand.

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