After a six month delay, production of the second-generation Honda NSX will begin towards the end of April.
Unlike the original NSX, which was built in Japan, the new hybrid second-generation model will be produced by Honda USA at a purpose-built factory in Ohio, dubbed the Performance Manufacturing Center, that employs around 100 people.
Honda says that it has applied for 12 patents related to the construction of the new NSX. Among the car’s roster of innovations is a 100-percent robotically MIG welded space frame, 360-degree rotating body rotisserie, and wireless torque wrenches that record the torque settings for every bolt in the NSX’s body.
According to Honda, around half of the NSX’s patent applications relate to its rigorous pre-delivery verification routine, which include a 45-minute wheel alignment session, high precision brake performance measurement and calibration, and a four-corner weight and ride height check.
Most of the construction of the second-gen NSX takes place at the new Ohio factory. One major exception is the car’s 75-degree twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6, which is hand built at the Honda engine factory in nearby Anna.
Along with the mid-mounted V6, the NSX also features two electric motors up front and one embedded in the rear-mounted nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. Total system power is rated at 427kW, and the car is capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in three seconds and hitting a top speed of 307km/h.
The production version of the new NSX was revealed in January 2015 at the Detroit auto show, three years after the first NSX concept made its debut in Motor City. The second-generation NSX was originally slated to go into production during the third quarter of 2015.
Stephen Collins, Honda Australia director, believes that the NSX will begin entering Australian showrooms, as well as owners’ driveways, from November this year. Pricing has yet to be set, but, earlier this week, CarAdvice was informed that it would be at the “very premium end” of the market.