Honda’s NSX shook the supercar establishment but it’s hoping to raise the stakes even higher with its successor. At next week’s Tokyo Motor Show, Honda will slide the covers off this sleek HSC concept – the blueprint for a new model due in showrooms in 2006.
The Honda Sports Concept is a thinly veiled preview of the next NSX using a development of the existing NSX’s high-revving 3.2-litre V6 tuned to develop ‘more than 300bhp’. The engine is mounted amidships driving the rear wheels in the classic supercar tradition.
Honda’s show star mixes strikingly Italianate looks with hints of the current NSX. The front is punctuated by two gaping air intakes and bulging headlamps, while the rear has hints of Ferrari Enzo about it. Those scissor doors are ‘production feasible’ according to exterior designer Toshinobu Minami.
At 4250mm, the HSC is shorter than the current NSX, but slightly wider (1900mm) and lower (1140mm). Minami told Autocar: ‘The long wheelbase and short overhangs help interior space and stability. We didn’t intentionally create an Italian look – our remit was to make the ultimate Honda sports car.’