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by Tim Beissmann

Australian Honda NSX fans will be treated to an early preview of the forthcoming supercar in March when the NSX concept car makes its first appearance on local soil at the 2015 Formula One Grand Prix.

The Australian debut of the new-generation Honda NSX concept (pictured above) will take place a little over two months after the production NSX (pictured below) made its world debut at last week’s Detroit motor show.

The local NSX concept showing will coincide with the return of Honda engines to the F1 grid for the first time since 2008 – the perfect opportunity to unveil the new supercar, according to Honda Australia director Stephen Collins.

“2015 is a big year for the Honda brand, both here and internationally,” Collins said. “This year heralds our return to Formula One in partnership with McLaren and the first race of the season is the perfect opportunity to showcase Honda’s exciting new products.

“This is a new era for Honda in more ways than one. The NSX is the rebirth of an icon and represents power, sportiness and efficiency. There will be many fans of the original supercar who we know will enjoy this exclusive preview.”

Collins confirmed Honda plans to begin taking pre-orders for the NSX around the middle of this year before the first customers take delivery of their vehicles in 2016.

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Honda’s long-awaited second-generation NSX features an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain with a mid-mounted V6, three electric motors and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power, torque, weight and performance figures are yet to be revealed.

The NSX will be built in a new dedicated facility in Ohio, and will cost around US$150,000 ($184,000) in the US.




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