Starting at £137,950 ($238,870) in the UK and ranging from around $156,000-$205,000 in the US ($207,585-$272,800), if confirmed, the local figure for the 2017 Honda NSX – roughly $388,000 before on-road costs – positions the hybrid Japanese supercar above the $379,000 McLaren 570S and $384,900 Porsche 911 Turbo.
The estimated list price would also make it dearer than a Maserati GranTurismo Stradale ($345,000) and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S ($356,800), and see it split the new V10-only-powered Audi R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus ($354,900 and $389,900, respectively).
And although ‘cheaper’ than a new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 ($428,000) or Ferrari 488 GTB ($469,988), the pricing would still make the all-wheel-drive NSX more than double the price of the current $182,500 flagship Nissan GT-R Black Edition.
On show to the public – in right-hand-drive pre-production guise – at Yarra Honda in Melbourne until the end of the month, the new NSX lands in Australia 25 years after the original NSX launched locally in 1991, priced from $159,900.
Powered by a 201kW/284Nm naturally-aspirated, mid-mounted 3.0-litre V6 engine, the rear-wheel-drive first-generation NSX measured 4430mm long and had a kerb weight of 1351kg.
Teaming a 373kW/550Nm dry-sump twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine with a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the new second-generation NSX also employs a 35kW/147Nm direct-drive electric motor to send additional power to the rear wheels, and two 27kW/73Nm electric motors to drive the fronts. All this power and torque – totalling a claimed peak output of 427kW and 646Nm – is juggled via the hi-tech Honda’s ‘Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive’ (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system.
Running a maximum turbo boost pressure of 15.23psi, Honda claims the 4487mm-long, 1850kg-odd two-seater is capable of hitting 0-100km/h in around 3.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 308km/h.
Though local specification is still to be announced, the Honda NSX comes equipped with LED headlights and tail-lights, a three-mode ‘active exhaust’, a mechanically-based limited-slip differential, active magnetorheological dampers, and 245mm-wide 19-inch wheels and tyres up front and 305mm-wide 20s at the rear.
The car now on display in Melbourne is also equipped with a carbon-fibre rear spoiler, carbon-ceramic brakes with red Brembo calipers, and rear parking sensors.
Although Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told CarAdvice earlier this year that pricing for the 2017 Honda NSX would be “at the very premium end” of the market, speculation had been for a figure closer to the $325,000 mark.
Regardless, with the new NSX being the only electrically-assisted, high-end performance car priced below the million-dollar hypercar trio of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, the model will likely have no trouble drawing attention from collectors and well-off fans alike.
For reference, Honda Australia says it shifted 280 original NSXs between 1991 and 2002.
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