Honda is not really known for making high performance cars but rather economy or family cars which are quite good for what they are. However, not many people know that in the past Honda used to make one of the best driver’s cars in the World, the NSX, which has been sold in the US under the Acura brand. Since when it was discontinued, Honda didn’t really make another one but we are in for a treat because they are going to make quite a few new models. Let’s start with the first 2016 Honda sports car which will be the first one to arrive on the US market.
2016 Honda sports car – 2016 Honda S660
This is the 2016 Honda S660 which has been first launched in Japan last year and it is expected to hit the US market shortly. The car is already available with two different engines sizes which are meant for different people. The first is the kei car model which offers a tiny 660cc inline 3 turbocharged engine which is quite capable for its size, offering 63 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torque. This is meant for the Japanese market so the people will not have to pay so many taxes for it.
The car which will arrive on the US shores on the other hand is expected to get a completely different engines which will be better suited for the people there. The engine will likely be a 1 liter turbocharged inline 3 which has been co-developed with the high performance tuner Mugen. At this point in time we don’t know how much power the engine is going to make but early rumors suggest up to 150 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque which would be more than impressive.
You would think that with the added power, the 2016 Honda sports car, the S660, would not be as great to drive as the smaller engined car. However, the car is in fact a mid-engines roadster which has been first thought to be the next generation S2000. Even though it is quite cheap and tiny, the running gear has been developed with performance in mid.
More about S660: http://hondarelease.date/2016-honda-s660/
2016 Honda sports car – 2016 Acura NSX
The second 2016 Honda sports car we are going to take a look at is actually an Acura branded model. This is the all new 2016 Acura NSX which has been waited by many people for a really long time. Unlike the first generation model which used a naturally aspirated engine and it was one of the lightest cars money could buy, this 2016 car is a lot more different.
For starters, it looks more like a super-car than a sports car. It has a really aggressive design, an engine mounted in the middle, it is built out of aluminum and some parts are made out of carbon fiber. The only major drawback is that it is expected to cost well over $150,000 when it will launch which is a lot more than the first generation car.
Luckily for us, the car might just redeem itself with the engine it has installed under the rear deck. This is a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which is aided by three different electric motors. This allows the new NSX to have a fully electric mode as well as a combined one which is said to offer well over 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque which is mighty impressive, especially since this is a car coming from Japan. Early performance figures suggest that the new 2016 Acura NSX will be able to hit 60 MPH in as little as 3 seconds and it will likely hit 200 MPH as its maximum top speed. The only unknown factor at this point is the way it drives which will only be revealed when the car will be available for sale.