Previously debut at January’s NAIAS, the production Honda NSX supercar is designed from a clean sheet and features an all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, with a multi-material space frame chassis and sophisticated dynamic set-up.
In looks, the 2015 Honda NSX takes on a body with classic low and wide proportions. It has sharply contoured surfaces, an aggressive front design, and rearlights; resembling the classic NSX. In a nutshell, the 2015 NSX incorporates bonnet vents, new front wing vents, signature intakes, floating C-pillar and an optimized rear spoiler. To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted engine and transmission the production vehicle was lengthened by 79 mm and widened by 25 mm compared with the NSX Concept first shown in 2013, resulting in a slightly more cab-forward package. For tyres and rims, 19-inch wheels (19 x 8.5 inch front, 20 x 11 inch rear) and CSC (ContiSportContact) tyres are the ultimate choice.
Staying true to the legendary original NSX, the newcomer’s ‘Human Support Cockpit’ provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging. The NSX’s interior boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics. For example, the front seats feature top-class holding performance with outstanding comfort and easy access for the driver and passenger.
The NSX’s low-mounted instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT screen that displays various categories of vehicle data and settings according to the selection made by the driver via the Integrated Dynamics System dial control on the center console. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed mid-frame, a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike.
The 2015 Honda NSX is powered by an all-new power unit, a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine coupled to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three electric motors. This Sport Hybrid technology is housed within an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material chassis that features world-first material applications and manufacturing processes. As a hybrid speedster, the NSX features an ’Advanced Sports Package’ with placement of major powertrain components: the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit. The combination of this packaging concept and the lightweight body gives the NSX the lowest center of gravity in its class. Lastly, the NSX utilizes a fully independent, all-aluminium front and rear suspension.
Honda FCV Concept features next-generation technologies and exemplary performance
Succeeding the FCX and FCX Clarity, the futuristic FCV Concept is scheduled to be previewed as an all-new fuel cell road car at Geneva. The FCV Concept is expected to go on sale in Japan in the first half of 2016, and subsequently in the USA and Europe within the following 12 months.
Honda’s third production fuel cell vehicle will be the world’s first fuel cell car with the entire powertrain, including the downsized fuel cell stack, housed under the bonnet of a conventional sedan body shape.
The Honda FCV Concept is equipped with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a cruising range of more than 700 km (435 miles). The tank is refillable in approximately three minutes, making refuelling as quick and easy as today’s conventionally-fuelled cars. Another innovation installed in the FCV Concept is the Honda Power Exporter Concept, an external power feeding function, which underwent a large number of verification tests with the FCX Clarity. This system enables the car to function as a small mobile power plant that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of disaster or other events. It is capable of producing up to 9kW of AC power.
Furthermore, Honda will continue to promote the application of the Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), a packaged hydrogen station unit that adopts Honda’s original high-differential-pressure electrolyzer. When the FCV Concept reaches full flight, Honda aims to push more Hydrogen programs in selected countries in Europe.