The Honda NSX is one of the greatest driver's cars of all time. It was developed by one of the most refined Japanese motoring companies to start with and the tuned and honed by a number of professional racing drivers, including the great Ayrton Senna. It was first released in 1990 and was well ahead of its time, offering Ferrari-like performance, looks and overall exotica, but at a fraction of the price.
Since its launch the car has gathered fans of all kinds all around the world. Honda President Takanobu Ito spoke of concerns about rekindling the spirit and providing a worthy successor for these fans. Mr Takanobu said,
"I feel that we need to meet the calls from the public asking [for a successor]."
Takanobu also said that the NSX would be based on the Honda HSV-010GT race car, introduced earlier this year. In accordance with an unofficial rule, Japanese manufacturers should provide a road-going version of every Super GT car. Mr. Takanobu also said that it is important to remain in tune with these guidelines, saying,
"I think Honda should respect the history of the Super GT competition [as a stock-car race]".
It's unknown if the road-going version will feature a similar powerplant to the Super GT HSV-010GT race car, as it uses a 3.4-litre high-revving V8 engine producing 373kW. A 4.5-litre V10 or a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 is more likely, however, details are still in rumour form.
Reports say to expect the new Honda NSX in showrooms by 2015. Price, well, Takanobu also spoke about that, saying,
"There are two types of sports cars - affordable and high-performance. I hope we will be able to market both."