It’s finally happening! Almost three years since it was confirmed for Australia, the Honda NSX has started rolling off the production line.
“We expect production cars to arrive late this year, most likely in November,” said Honda Australia boss, Stephen Collins.
“We have one car here now; a pre-production car we showed our dealers a number of weeks ago. We’re looking forward to it.”
Honda’s Ohio, USA, factory is responsible for building the world’s supply of the NSX at a rate of eight cars per day. How many of those will be right-hand drive and sent to Australia depends on how many Aussies order them.
“We haven’t been given an allocation or number of build spots,” said Collins. “It will depend on global demand and it will depend on us as to how we can price the car and how many pre-orders we can take.”
Unpredictable exchange rates have prevented local pricing from being confirmed to date. How much the car costs is set to have the biggest impact on the number of cars we can get.
Looking at overseas markets and the price tags of other cars here, the NSX could retail for more than AU$300,000.
Honda expects final pricing to be confirmed by July, at which point the company will open its order books at just five select dealerships with sales rights for the NSX. There will be one showroom in each of the major capital cities; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
“We haven’t set numbers as far as monthly or even yearly targets. We’ll sell as many as we can but we expect a waiting list worldwide,” said Collins.
“NSX appeals to the sort of customers who want the latest and greatest in tech. I think that’s what the original NSX customers were like too. The essence of the car is pretty similar to what it was back then.”
The 2017 Honda NSX uses a twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors for a total output of 427kW and 550Nm. Power is fed through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.