Honda NSX successor “goes electric”

Honda NSX successor "goes electric"

The vice president of Honda’s luxury division claims the next-generation NSX will be electric, with foreign reports suggesting the zero-emission sports car will be launched in the second half of this decade.


The current generation Honda NSX is nearing the end of its six-year production run, but the Japanese automaker has confirmed its plans for an electric successor to the hybrid supercar.

Last year, Jon Ikeda – vice president of Acura, Honda’s North American-focused luxury division – suggested the next NSX would be electric, saying: “The first generation was gas (petrol). The second generation was a hybrid. There will be another one.”

In conversation with Nikkei Asia Earlier this week Mr Ikeda was asked if the next Honda NSX would be electric.



“I’d bet on it,” he said, before adding, “it’s going to be electric.”

While Mr. Ikeda acknowledges that rapid acceleration has become the hallmark of modern electric vehicles, he said Nikkei Asia An electric Honda NSX “will not just be about straight lines”, with a focus on how it handles corners.

In April 2021, Honda President and CEO Toshihiro Mibe claimed the Japanese company would phase out production of gasoline and diesel engines worldwide by 2040 and switch to battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.



Both Honda and Acura are preparing to launch their first long-range electric cars (the Prologue and the ZDX) in 2024, based on a platform co-developed with US auto giant General Motors.

However acc Nike Asia According to sources inside Honda, it will be “a few more years” before the company’s e:Architecture electric car platform is ready for the electric NSX.

Reports say Mr Mibe will have the final say on whether the electric Honda NSX will be approved for production.



Introduced in 2016, the second-generation Honda NSX was designed as a successor to the Japanese company’s first mid-engined sports car, which debuted in 1990.

The second-generation Honda NSX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine and three electric motors – one with the engine and one for each front wheel.

Last August, Acura unveiled the final edition of the NSX Type S, which is limited to 350 units worldwide before production ends later this year at the company’s US factory in Marysville, Ohio.



Priced at $420,000 – more than a Porsche 911 Turbo – Honda Australia has reported selling just nine NSXs since 2016.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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