Honda considering NSX Type R

Honda NSX Type R

Honda is considering a lightweight Type R version of its new NSX supercar, according to a report from UK outlet Autocar.

In a strange case of reality following one of MOTOR's Sweet Dream articles, the potential modifications required to make a Type R, outlined by NSX Dynamic Development Leader Nick Robinson, closely mirror our vision of the hardcore Honda that appeared in our February 2016 issue.

2002-Honda -NSX-RThe hybrid nature of the latest NSX means there is considerable weight to be saved from the removal of the 150kg, which along with more extensive use of lightweight materials could easily drop the NSX's kerb weight to around 1500kg from its current 1725kg.

The weight loss would partially compensate for the significant loss of torque from the hybrid system, and with the 373kW 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 set to remain, performance would still be extremely impressive. 

It would be an approach in line with previous NSX Type Rs, which retained standard power but underwent a severe diet and substantial suspension tuning to improve circuit performance.

1992-Honda -NSX-RThe first NSX-R appeared in 1992 while the second-generation, which set a blistering 7min56sec lap of the Nurburgring, arrived in 2002.

A track-focused NSX would be a direct competitor to the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 and forthcoming Mercedes AMG GT R, whereas the standard car, which is set to land in Australia before the end of 2016, competes against the 911 Turbo.



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