Honda NSX Type R rumoured to be on the cards

2017 Acura NSX

We have all heard Honda is planning a more focused Type R variant of the company’s NSX supercar, now new details are beginning to emerge about the model.

While the standard model is propelled by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 in combination with three electric motors, the NSX Type R could reportedly loose two of the electric motors, essentially making it a rear-wheel drive machine.

2017 Acura NSX

By eschewing the hybrid powertrain, the Type R could also drop their batteries that would shave hundreds of kilos from its 1,725kg donor car. That’s not all, the track-focused model could loose more weight from intelligent use of other lightweight materials.

Dynamic Development Leader of the NSX project, Nick Robinson, told Autocar recently that although the Type R project hasn’t officially been green light, a number of people are pushing for it.

2017 Honda NSX

To further add weight to the rumour, Honda will be fielding two NSXs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. One of them will ditch the hybrid powertrain for an upgraded twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine, which has been supplemented with electric superchargers. This set up will enable the model to produce significantly more than 368kW of power.

Robinson has also revealed a NSX Convertible is likely sometime in the future, although he isn’t a fan of the idea.

Source: Autocar

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