Report: Honda NSX to get new life as a coupe

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In 2008, Honda had talked of a successor to the popular NSX supercar – however, the Japanese automaker couldn’t find a business case to develop the car. According to insiders, Honda never gave up on the plans for an NSX successor and the car is expected to live on in a different form.

The next NSX is expected to be marketed as a more eco-friendly sports coupe, which can be “driven with either a clutch and an engine only, the engine and motor only, or the motor only,” says our source. Manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.

Power will come from either a 2.4L 4-cylinder or a 3.5L V6. The 3.5L V6 is expected to produce somewhere north of 400 horsepower. The model will also employ a version of Honda’s SH-AWD system, but Honda will apply NSX concept technology by fitting the rear-drive-based SH-AWD setup. Sources say that Honda will opt for the front-wheel-drive Accord platform as a base for the car but engineers will swap the front and rear around to create a rear midship AWD package.

If the coupe gets the green light, it will hit showrooms as early as 2014. it is still unclear if the car will make it to the United States.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Motor Trend