Published on July 2nd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Honda NSX, the facts & figures that we want to know

When the original Honda NSX made its debut in 1989, it forever changed the supercar segment by offering dramatic supercar styling, performance and dynamics and breaking new ground in terms of quality, ergonomics and usability.



By making use of advanced new technologies, such as a lightweight yet rigid all-aluminium monocoque body and chassis, mated to a mid-mounted transverse V6 engine, the original NSX challenged conventional supercar wisdom. Its high-revving engine featured a number of innovative production technologies, including forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and VTEC valve train.


Moreover, the NSX sought a more intimate connection between driver, car and the road, pursued through essential design elements – low vehicle mass, high power-to-weight ratio, a rigid body supporting a performance-focused chassis, outstanding visibility, exceptional ergonomics and accessible performance. The result was a paradigm-challenging definition of a supercar.


Importantly, the first generation NSX also exemplified Honda’s high standards of quality, durability and day-to-day usability, without compromising performance – something rarely found in supercars of the day.


Respecting the core characteristics and differentiators of the original NSX, the new Honda NSX pursues an altogether new and revolutionary idea for Honda supercar performance, melding timeless sports car values with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports eXperience. Just as Honda’s precision crafted performance DNA guided the creation of the original NSX, every aspect of this new design is accordingly a next-generation expression of those same values. The NSX has been tested and tuned on roads and race circuits around the world. Primary development tracks were located in Alton, Virginia at Virginia International Raceway; in Rhineland, Germany at the famed Nürburgring; and on the northern-most Japan island of Hokkaido at Honda’s own Takasu test circuit.


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Technical specifications

Two-door, two-seat sportscar with aluminium-intensive, multi-material chassis and multi-material body

Power unit

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit
TypeFront wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT
Maximum total system power581 PS
Maximum total system torque646 Nm



Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 (petrol)
Type4 valves per cylinder
LayoutLongitudinally mid-mounted
Capacity3,493 cc
Bore x stroke91 mm x 89.5 mm
Compression ratio10.0:1
Power507 PS between 6,500 – 7,500 rpm
Torque550 Nm between 2,000 – 6,000 rpm
Maximum engine speed7,500 rpm
Power output145 PS per litre
Valve train24 valve, Dual-VTC, chain-driven camshafts
Cylinder block and head materialAluminium alloy
Piston constructionCast aluminium with integrated cooling channel
Crankshaft constructionForged steel
Connecting rod constructionForged steel
Cylinder bore liningPlasma transferred wire arc thermal spray
Cylinder bank angle75 degrees
Exhaust system layoutDual catalytic converter, dual path per bank
Turbocharger typeSingle scroll
Maximum boost pressure105 kPa (1.05 bar)
Wastegate controlElectrical
Turbine constructionInconel
LubricationDry sump system with six-rotor scavenge pump
Fuel InjectionDirect and port injection systems


Direct Drive Motor

TypeWater-cooled motor / generator
LayoutDirect drive motor attached directly to crankshaft
Power48 PS at 3,000 rpm
Torque147 Nm between 500 and 2,000 rpm

Twin Motor Unit (TMU)

TypeWater-cooled motor / generator
LayoutIndependent twin motors in a single package with a planetary gear set, one-way clutch and brake
Power37 PS + 37 PS at 4,000 rpm
Torque73 Nm + 73 Nm between 0 and 2,000 rpm


Nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT)


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