Creating an intuitive link between human and machine took time; a lot of ideas failed. But we never lost sight of the pure NSX idea: to put you at the very centre of the car – body and soul.
A hybrid supercar that balances blistering track performance with real-world driving ability.
The NSX had to instantly respond to human control. It's this single-minded ambition that meant changing our initial approach halfway through the project. It didn’t feel right with a V10 engine transversally mounted in the usual way, so we went back to the drawing board to design a longitudinally mounted V6 hybrid engine with twin-turbochargers.
With this dynamic change, it wasn’t just about the look and aerodynamics anymore, we had to manage the airflow for additional downforce and to cool the components. It meant the body had to be completely redesigned as well. The change caused tension at first but eventually brought the designers and engineers closer together.
Precision starts in the factory. Every part of the bodywork is checked and rechecked for a flawless finish.
The air intakes are formed to be in harmony with the flowing bodyline and allow the NSX to breathe, cooling engine components and enhancing performance.
The NSX has been designed with a body that maximises cooling, without compromising aerodynamic performance.
The air is managed close to the NSX’s body, which is shaped to minimize drag and create a more balanced down force at the front and rear of the car. At the same time internal airflow cools the brakes, power unit and thermal components - we call it ‘Interwoven Dynamics’ and it really is art in motion.
Large intakes at the front (1) allow huge volumes of air to enter the NSX for cooling the brakes and the Twin Motor Units at the front. Air is also guided aerodynamically over the body (2) to provide the right amount down force with the least amount of drag.
To minimise drag and control airflow more efficiently, air is allowed to flow out of the bonnet vents (3) after cooling the components. A small vent, hidden inside the wheel arch (4), prevents air turbulence around the wheels; keeping airflow close to the body.
Once the air has cooled the Twin Motor Units (5) and the brakes (6), it’s expelled quickly and then channelled close to the side of the NSX to reduce turbulence and drag.
The controlled airflow is drawn into the sculpted side-inlets (7). This air is directed to the twin-turbochargers for performance and for cooling the V6 and rear electric motor. The air is expelled through large rear-vents (8) and a small tail section vent (9) to minimise drag.
Seats, door panels and the centre console are all shaped to hold the driver and the passenger securely in place. It’s a cockpit designed for comfortable everyday driving, as well as providing the physical connection you need on the track. Fit for all types of driving, we've even thought about boot space, too – it has the largest capacity in it's class.
The first point of contact is the steering wheel. The shape is so refined it feels completely natural as soon as you take hold of it.
The interior is holistic, an all-embracing combination of the tiniest details. The touch and feel of the NSX from the driving position is unique – higher levels of involvement – something you have to experience yourself to fully appreciate and understand it.
You’re completely in-tune with the NSX and can select a drive that suits your mood.
Comfort and luxury are perfectly entwined with sport and performance. The NSX’s beautifully sculptured seats provide unmatched support no matter where, or how, you drive.