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.
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.