Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Is an Acura NSX Type R in the Works?
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Is an Acura NSX Type R in the Works?

May be rear-wheel-drive, one report says

Kelly Pleskot
Mar 9, 2016

According to a report from Autocar, Honda may build an Acura NSX Type R to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3.

Nick Robinson, dynamic development leader for the NSX, told Autocar that the Type R could help boost Honda's sporting image. Although the project hasn't yet received the green light, "there is a huge will within Honda to do it," Robinson says.

Currently, the 2017 Acura NSX features a longitudinally mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with three electric motors (two in the front, one in the rear). Total output hits 573 hp and 569 lb-ft of torque. A Type R version could lose the two front electric motors and become a rear-wheel-drive model. Removing the motors would help shed precious pounds over the standard NSX. The use of other lightweight materials, while they may be expensive, could help drop weight further.

2016 Acura NSX homepage1 Photo 2/9   |   Is an Acura NSX Type R in the Works?

Autocar imagines a scenario where only the rear motor, which would act as an alternator, remains along with a starter motor and flywheel. Autocar says Honda is racing a special rear-wheel-drive NSX at the Pikes Peak hill climb later this year.

The Type R may have plenty of potential on the track, and Robinson even compared it to the 991-generation 911 GT3. "The GT3 is a very track-focused car. But for a Type R, of course, it could be a direct competitor," he said. As we previously reported, Acura benchmarked the Ferrari 458 Italia and 911 GT3 during the standard NSX's development. However, Robinson says the GT3 was only benchmarked for steering feel.

Robinson said Honda will likely launch a convertible-roofed version of the NSX after the coupe heads to market. Losing the roof panel should make little difference in the model's torsional rigidity.

Source: Autocar

1994 Honda NSX R Photo 9/9   |   Is an Acura NSX Type R in the Works?
By Kelly Pleskot
283 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Polestar 1 survived its first winter test drive in Northern Sweden and will make an upcoming appearance at Auto China 2018 next week.
Ed TahaneyApr 19, 2018
The 2019 BMW M2 Competition goes on sale this summer boasting more power, beefier brakes, and bolder design cues among other updates.
Kelly PleskotApr 18, 2018
Ken Block has unveiled his 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth for the 2018 rally season, and has announced his return to WRC after a four-year absence.
Stefan OgbacApr 17, 2018
Headquartered in Europe, Automobili Pininfarina will design, engineer, and manufacture luxury electric vehicles.
Kelly PleskotApr 16, 2018
Ferrari is proud of its rich history designing and building high-performance winning engines.The new 488 Pista is a worthy addition to that list.
ManufacturerApr 16, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP