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Honda's NSX Hybrid 'Supercar' Returning to Japanese Market from US Factory


Honda's NSX hybrid "supercar" will be returning the Japanese market 11 years later, and will now be imported from America.

Originally engineered and manufactured in Japan from 1990 to 2005, the second generation NSX will return after being redesigned and built in the U.S. The NSX went on sale in the U.S. an Acura model earlier this summer. Honda is now taking orders in Japan, and it's scheduled to arrive in Europe and China this fall.

The brand identity will vary depending on where it's sold, with the luxury Acura brand applied to the U.S., China, and the Middle East; and the mass-market Honda brand used in Japan in Europe for the NSX.

It's being built at Honda's assembly plant in Marysville, Ohio, which was the first U.S. plant opened up by a Japanese automaker when it started in 1982. The NSX won't be a mass-market production; instead, the assembly team will hand build the redesigned NSX at Honda's 206,000-square-foot Performance Manufacturing Center. The automaker has set a target of selling 6,000 units worldwide over the next three years.

It's powered by a sophisticated hybrid drivetrain that mates three electric motors to a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-6 gasoline engine. The sporty supercar can reach 573 in horsepower, and can hit 0 to 60 mph in just a little bit over three seconds.

The work was split between Honda teams in Japan and the U.S. Japanese engineers created the sporty hybrid drivetrain. The U.S. team took on most everything else, including overall design, production, and packaging the car for the markets it will be sold in.

Prices start at $157,800, including shipping, and can pass $200,000 with options. While its pricy, Honda says that it's a better deal than what's offered by direct rivals such as the Ferrari 458 or Porsche 911 Turbo.