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Fancy a hardcore NSX Type R? Honda’s thinking about it

Engineer hints that a lightweight, rear-drive, track-honed NSX could appear

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At long last, the Honda NSX is here. But a hardcore, track-orientated NSX ‘Type R’ could also be in the pipeline.

Thought that might have piqued your interest. Honda’s NSX team confirmed that a limited edition version of the 573bhp, four-wheel-drive hybrid supercar could appear in the future.

Nick Robinson, one of the NSX’s development leaders, said a potential Type R version could lose a considerable amount of weight compared to the standard, 1,725kg car.

“There are places were weight could be cut out,” he said. There is scope then, to lose both the front electric motors – remember the NSX comes with three – along with the batteries, to make it rear-wheel-drive only.

What would remain of course, are both the 500bhp 3.5-litre V6 and the third motor attached to the flywheel. So it’ll be drifty, then. And potentially even more powerful than the standard NSX.

Of course, Honda has yet to sign off on a NSX Type R, and though there are lots of people within the company who want to see one happen, we’re unlikely to see it anytime soon. And anyway, before that car arrives – if it arrives – we’ll likely see an NSX Spider up first. Kind of like the one Iron Man drove in the Avengers Assemble movie.

We’ll have a full, proper road test of the brand new NSX up on Monday, so head back for the full review.

In the meantime, tell us – what would your ideal Type R NSX look like?

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