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First Drive of the HONDA HSC
 Date: May 03, 2004 12:23
 Submitted by:  Terencemunro
 Source: German Car Magazine "CAR"
 Credibility Rating: 7


I've just purchased the May issue of the German "CAR" magazine and read some interesting details about the next NSX. They drove the HSC on a US Airbase in Mainz, Germany

Size: 4.25m long x 1.9m wide x 1.14m high (167.32inch long x 74.8inch wide x 45inch high)
Engine: 400hp 3.5L turbocharged (variable vane geometry!)
Top Speed: a little more than 300km/h or 188mph
Weight: 1410kg or 3100lb
Wheels: 20inch with Brembo brakes


They say that the HSC has about the same power as the FERRARI 360 Modena but a far better weight/power ratio!
The back will be slightly modified for production because of the similarity with the Corvette (lights?) The prototype has only a 4 gear automatic transmission with shift paddles at the steeringwheel but the production car will get the auto tranny with 1 or 2 more gears
Interesting detail is that the gear lever for the auto tranny is like an old telephone dialwheel in the center console! The parkbrake is electrohydraulic.

The camera mirrors are only for protoype show
The interior will find its way into the production car like on the pictures.
The lights will be Xenon in front and LED in backlights.

I hope you understand my translation with my little English knowledge

Terence

Note from the TOV: Please note that this account comes from a drive of the HSC prototype. It's quite likely that the specifications of the actual car will differ from the prototype, perhaps significantly. In particular, the notion of a turbocharger seems particularly suspicious, especially considering Honda's past stance on turbocharging, not to mention the somewhat modest quoted output rating of 400hp. We're guessing that the turbocharged motor is A) a smokescreen or B) standing in for the "real" motor for chassis development work. A naturally aspirated motor of 400hp or more (from 3.5L) should be quite "doable" in Honda's technology showcase. Further evidence that this drivetrain is purely to make the prototype "go" is the presence of the 4-speed transmission. Surely the production car will make do with no fewer than 6 ratios.

Last edited by JeffX on May 03, 2004 18:01

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