Honda is considering a rear-wheel drive NSX Type-R, says Autocar

In its evaluation of the new “Acura” NSX, the American magazine Car and Driver has stated the car was amazing, but somehow numb. Not something you would expect from a second generation NSX. And Honda is aware of that, according to the British magazine Autocar. So much so that it would be considering a Type-R NSX, one that would ditch its front electric motors and a lot of weight in order to offer a sharper driving experience.

The information has come from Nick Robinson, Dynamic Development Leader on the NSX project. He has stated at the European presentation of the Honda NSX that, although it is not official yet, Honda engineers are willing to develop this car.

Part of the weight reduction would come not only from taking the front electric engines out of the car, but the batteries from the hybrid system. The car would preserve the electric rear engines, which also act as alternators and starter motors, as well as the flywheel. The hybrid system alone adds 150 kg to the 1,725 kg curb weight of the car. Robinson says more lightness can be added through the use of lightweight materials, something perfectly feasible in a limited edition NSX, such as the Type-R would be.

If that sounds difficult to imagine, it is good to know a rear-wheel drive NSX will already appear this year as a racer at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It will be one of the Honda team cars at the competition, driven by James Robinson, Nick’s brother. It will feature electric superchargers to deliver more torque in lower revs and will be considerably stronger than the 373 kW stock 3.5 V6 used in the car. This experience can surely be taken to a Type-R NSX. We hope it is.

The NSX is 4.47 m long, 1.94 m wide, 1.22 m high and  has a wheelbase of 2.63 m. Counting its hybrid system, it reaches a top output of 427 kW and a total torque of 645 Nm. Please, Honda, let the NSX Type-R become a reality!


Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.