Honda updates NSX, still no-show for NZ?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Mar 2019

Honda has given the NSX a flurry of updates, despite slow sales.

Since its introduction to Aussie roads in 2017, just six NSXs have been sold but that hasn’t stopped engineers from giving the car an update.

The more significant changes concern chassis components, tyres and software tuning, which will apparently “elevate performance driving in all circumstances, from daily driving to the circuit”. Honda says there are two seconds per lap of the Suzuka test track to be gained from the improvements.

Those changes include larger stabiliser bars at both ends (increasing stiffness by 26 per cent at the front, 19 per cent at the rear), and 21 per cent stiffer rear toe-link bushings. Rear hub rigidity has also improved 6 per cent.

The power unit has been further refined, along with the active dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings. Standard tyres are now Continental SportContact 6.

No changes have been made to the powertrain, which is still a 427kW/646Nm hybrid system, comprising of a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors connected to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic.

While these changes are all well and good, there’s still one big question left: where is the NSX for us Kiwis? Last we heard, the NSX was definitely coming - in May last year. We’ve reached out to Honda NZ to see if there’s any further news regarding the supercar landing here.

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