It's been kind of a while since we've heard anything about the upcoming 2015 Acura NSX, but the folks at Honda are still apparently hammering away at their hybrid supercar. And now they've released some actual performance targets: Ferrari 458 performance for an Audi R8 price tag. Sound familiar?
It should, because the original NSX was benchmarked against the Ferrari 328 and 348 back during its development in the 1980s. It looks like Honda wants the new car to go the same way.
Here's what NSX development chief Ted Klaus told What Car:
'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.'
Of course, the new NSX will be a very different car than the 458 Italia, using a twin turbo hybrid V6 instead of the Ferrari's naturally aspirated V8. But with more and more supercars going hybrid, like the Audi R8, it should be in good company.
Klaus also implied there could be more variants of the new NSX down the road, like a more high-performance version or a convertible, but they haven't decided which to go with first.
Honda says the next NSX will be unveiled in production form a year from now at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. It's been a long, long wait for this car, and Honda is talking a big game.
Let's hope the NSX can back it up.