The Honda NSX may spawn several variants throughout its lifespan including electric, convertible, and Type R models, the Japanese automaker has revealed.
Honda fielded an all-electric version of the NSX with four electric motors at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb this year. The purpose of that prototype was to test battery durability, torque vectoring and other electric systems, but if the NSX team can work around certain engineering obstacles a production version may be on the cards.
The NSX was launched this year with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 and three-electric motors, which together produce a total of 573 horsepower. A convertible variant of the NSX would likely use an identical powertrain system, but with either a retractable hardtop or removable targa top.
Honda says a ‘non-electrified’ powertrain could be used for the NSX Type-R. Ridding the supercar of its heavy batteries and electric motors could, in theory, deliver a more pure driving experience, which would be in line with the previous NSX Type-R. Fuel economy would also be less of a concern on such a model as it would be low volume and performance focused.