2015 Honda NSX confirmed for Detroit debut

  •  Honda NSX supercar to aim for Ferrari performance
  •  Production car to be shown at Detroit motor show
  •  80 cars already sold in the UK

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The new Honda NSX will be displayed in production form at the Detroit motor show in January 2015. In America it will be sold as an Acura but it will arrive in the UK with a Honda badge when it goes on sale early in 2016.

Honda is aiming for the Ferrari 458 Italia in terms of performance, according to Ted Klaus, the NSX's head of development.

'We have to achieve the type of acceleration that the customer is achieving with the Ferrari,' said Klaus. 'More importantly we have to achieve this every day and also at the Nurburgring.'

However, he said that the intention is to keep Honda's new petrol-electric hybrid supercar more affordable than the 458. 'I think we are aiming within the range of the Audi R8,' he said. 'I realise that is a wide range but the NSX will still be extremely accessible.'

Klaus also said that Honda aims to match the sales figure of the Audi R8, rather than those of the much more popular Porsche 911. 'We will not seek to meet demand – there is value in making the product rare,' he said.

However, while there might not be loads of NSXs sold, customers are eventually likely to have a choice of different bodystyles and power outputs.

'I think we would be foolish to develop NSX without open-top intentions down the road,' said Klaus. 'Should you do a convertible first, should you do a higher performance version first – these are challenges for us to consider.'

He also said that Honda is planning to make the new NSX the cleanest and most efficient supercar in its class. 'The 911 is the most efficient performance car today and we will be well clear of that.'

Honda has shown a racing version of the new NSX, which features a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 'racing hybrid system'. The production version is due on sale in 2015, initially in North America, with Europe getting cars shortly afterwards.

The production version hasn't even been seen and yet 80 customers have already pre-ordered cars in the UK.

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